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Ukraine war

'I'm afraid but where can I go?' East Ukraine confronts new reality

Eight years of conflict numb some residents' fears as Putin ups the ante

Ukrainian soldiers say that they have been on duty virtually 24/7 for months, but that recent weeks have brought a noticeable escalation for front-line forces. (Photo by Giannis Seferiadis)

LUHANSK, Ukraine -- The man on the phone summed up the new reality in eastern Ukraine with an expletive.

"Here we are," said the Donetsk resident as he spoke to Nikkei Asia, asking to be identified only by the pseudonym Ivan Petrov. "Russians have recognized the DPR and LPR as independent states. We're f----- here." 

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