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Debaltseve: The Town Of Death And Old People

Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists has left the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve in ruins. Many of those who remain are pensioners, who struggle to survive without any money, water, or heating. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has described the situation in Debaltseve as a "humanitarian catastrophe." (Photos by Petr Shelomovskiy for RFE/RL's Current Time TV program)

Many flats have been looted.
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Many flats have been looted.

A woman walks past a destroyed building in Debaltseve.
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A woman walks past a destroyed building in Debaltseve.

Raisa Kazakova shares her flat with nine other pensioners whose own homes were destroyed.
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Raisa Kazakova shares her flat with nine other pensioners whose own homes were destroyed.

There is no electricity in Raisa Kazakova's flat.
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There is no electricity in Raisa Kazakova's flat.

Raisa sits in her home.
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Raisa sits in her home.

Passersby outside Raisa's house
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Passersby outside Raisa's house

View from a shelled apartment in Debaltseve
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View from a shelled apartment in Debaltseve

Vera shows her damaged house.
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Vera shows her damaged house.

Shelled residential building
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Shelled residential building

Volunteer medics deliver first aid.
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Volunteer medics deliver first aid.

Locals must repair their houses themselves.
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Locals must repair their houses themselves.

Katerina Moroz, 78, in her damaged house
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Katerina Moroz, 78, in her damaged house

Volunteers hand out food in Debaltseve.
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Volunteers hand out food in Debaltseve.

People wait in line to receive food parcels.
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People wait in line to receive food parcels.

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