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Debaltseve Residents Seek Shelter Below Ground As Clashes Rage

The eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve is at the center of the latest clashes between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists. As shells strike residential areas, some civilians have retreated to their basements for safety. Many have been living without electricity, gas, or water for over a week. Photojournalist Petr Shelomovskiy covered the harsh realities of daily life in Debaltseve for RFE/RL's Current Time TV program.

Residents of Debaltseve haul a small supply of drinking water from a tanker truck.
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Residents of Debaltseve haul a small supply of drinking water from a tanker truck.

Drinking water is distributed in Debaltseve.
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Drinking water is distributed in Debaltseve.

Smoke rises from the rubble of houses destroyed by shelling.
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Smoke rises from the rubble of houses destroyed by shelling.

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Valentina Pavlovna walks past a crater left by recent shelling as she goes to visit her sick aunt.
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Valentina Pavlovna walks past a crater left by recent shelling as she goes to visit her sick aunt.

Snow melted over a fire provides another source of water.
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Snow melted over a fire provides another source of water.

Many residents have sought refuge in their basements as clashes continue around the town.
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Many residents have sought refuge in their basements as clashes continue around the town.

Humanitarian workers deliver blankets to Debaltseve.
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Humanitarian workers deliver blankets to Debaltseve.

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Residents charge their mobile phones from a diesel generator.
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Residents charge their mobile phones from a diesel generator.

A Ukrainian serviceman
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A Ukrainian serviceman

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A military ambulance leaves the hospital in Artemivsk, near Debaltseve.
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A military ambulance leaves the hospital in Artemivsk, near Debaltseve.

Oleh, a serviceman, was wounded while his unit was retreating from Uhlehirsk.
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Oleh, a serviceman, was wounded while his unit was retreating from Uhlehirsk.

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