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Tearful Good-byes As Residents Evacuate Ukrainian Town

The eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve has been under siege for weeks as military forces trade fire with pro-Russian separatists. Civilians are taking shelter in their basements as shells land close by. With little hope of a cease-fire, many residents are fleeing the town with the help of military servicemen and volunteers. (Photos by Petr Shelomovskiy for RFE/RL's Current Time TV program)

A woman cries as she watches her relatives prepare to be evacuated from Debaltseve.
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A woman cries as she watches her relatives prepare to be evacuated from Debaltseve.

Civilians wait on board a bus to flee the town, which has been caught in the cross-fire of the conflict.
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Civilians wait on board a bus to flee the town, which has been caught in the cross-fire of the conflict.

A serviceman talks to a civilian during efforts to help residents leave.
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A serviceman talks to a civilian during efforts to help residents leave.

A Ukrainian army officer helps an elderly woman onto a bus leaving Debaltseve.
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A Ukrainian army officer helps an elderly woman onto a bus leaving Debaltseve.

A serviceman helps residents carry their belongings as they prepare to leave the town.
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A serviceman helps residents carry their belongings as they prepare to leave the town.

A man drinks tea next to his apartment building. Houses and other buildings throughout the town have been damaged or destroyed by shelling.
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A man drinks tea next to his apartment building. Houses and other buildings throughout the town have been damaged or destroyed by shelling.

A woman cooks over an open fire. Electricity, gas, and water supplies have been cut off.
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A woman cooks over an open fire. Electricity, gas, and water supplies have been cut off.

Maria, 81, lies in bed at her home. She cannot walk and is unable to leave the town, in spite of government efforts to help civilians flee.
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Maria, 81, lies in bed at her home. She cannot walk and is unable to leave the town, in spite of government efforts to help civilians flee.

A woman cries in front of the destroyed city council building.
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A woman cries in front of the destroyed city council building.

People wait for evacuation assistance at the damaged city council building.
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People wait for evacuation assistance at the damaged city council building.

A Ukrainian soldier guards a checkpoint outside Debaltseve.
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A Ukrainian soldier guards a checkpoint outside Debaltseve.

Ukrainian army servicemen
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Ukrainian army servicemen

People board a bus to leave the town.
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People board a bus to leave the town.

With no electricity or gas at their homes, residents cook over a small fire.
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With no electricity or gas at their homes, residents cook over a small fire.

A boy stands in the ruins of his apartment building.
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A boy stands in the ruins of his apartment building.

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