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Nowadays, fighting is concentrated in five hot spots, where Ukrainian held territory ends and the areas seized by rebels begin. The battles there aren’t as much about moving those lines as they are about wearing the enemy down.
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Raya Shaporova lives in the embattled village of Spartak, on the rebel side, and doesn’t think that will happen soon maybe not even in her lifetime.
„I don’t want to leave this place because it’s my homeland. I gave birth to my children here,“ said the 70 year old widow, who resides with four cats in her cottage close to the front line.
She plants potatoes and daffodils in a garden that is littered with shrapnel. At night, Shaporova said she reads her Bible canada goose outlet in usa by lantern in a room she feels is safer than the others. She has turned that room into a combination bedroom, sitting area and kitchen.
„He who suffers will be saved in the end,“ she said, blinking back tears. „Maybe that’s my fate, to suffer. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman.“
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Anoshina reacted with little emotion, as is common with post traumatic stress, when I asked her during a visit in April about how her neighbors were faring.
Canada Goose Online „Many have died or been maimed,“ she said. „Sometimes it happens when a shell hits the ground and limbs are blown off.“ Canada Goose Online
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Gunfire erupted as we talked and stirred up the dirt a few feet from where we were standing. Our group an interpreter, photographer, driver, rebel minder and I raced to a short wall a few feet away and crouched behind it, but Anoshina stayed put, holding onto her bicycle and laughing.
Danger doesn’t faze her anymore.
It does faze the few children who remain in Spartak. One of them is 10 year old Vika, who lives with her grandparents in a windowless basement that became their home after shelling destroyed their second floor apartment.
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„There is no light, there is no water, so we are just living without it,“ said Vika’s grandmother, Valentina Pleshkova, 54. „We go to the next settlement to charge our phones.“
buy canada goose jacket They can’t canada goose outlet toronto factory afford to move because she and her husband lost their jobs shortly before the war began. Pleshkova said she tries to make life as normal as possible for her granddaughter, whom she walks 20 minutes to a bus that takes her to school. The little girl’s cheap canada goose mother died of an illness and, her grandmother says, the father moved to Ukrainian held territory, leaving his daughter behind. buy canada goose jacket
„I won’t let her go far away and she is always next to me,“ Pleshkova canada goose premium outlet said.
Vika has an assortment of stuffed animals, which she keeps in a hole behind the family’s cramped sleeping nook. She perked up when I asked her about her favorite and showed me a stuffed tiger she calls „Star“ in Russian.
But her grandmother doesn’t know how much longer Vika can hang on. „When we lived in the apartment, every year we’d go to the seashore,“ she said. Vika had her own room.
„Now this is https://www.canadagooseoutlet4online.com what we have, she’s constantly asking me: ‚Grandma, grandma, when can we go back to our apartment again?'“
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There, 320 shells have struck the coal converting plant, although a spokeswoman said most of them were during the first year of the war. Two workers were killed on site and another eight in the city.
On the other edge of town, handyman Oleg Kovalenko, 44, escaped death last April canada goose victoria parka outlet when a shell exploded over his house as he drank beer and smoked cigarettes with a neighbor. The shrapnel tore a hole in his left shoulder.
He said his house, which is about a mile from the front, suffered a lot worse. He points out gouges on his walls and doors carved out by the frequent barrage. He said he thinks the war is about business.
„Business done over blood,“ he said, adding if wasn’t generating profits for the protagonists, the fighting would have stopped long ago. „Every night there’s a lot of shelling,“ he said. „It’s like pingpong a shell flies in one direction and someone responds from the other direction.“
On another side of Donetsk, in the rebel held neighborhood of Petrovsky, Galina Buriak, 74, said she has stopped wondering when she can move out of the bunker where she lives with 13 others.