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Escape from Debaltseve: Ukraine's soldiers tell how they got out alive

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Ukrainian soldiers retreat from Debaltseve on Feb. 18. President Petro Poroshenko said he gave the order to retreat on Feb. 17, but soldiers on the ground claim they were simply left in a trap under the fire of Russian troops.
Photo by Anastasiya Vlasova

LUHANSKE, Ukraine – An endless line of Ukrainian soldiers stretched out along the road approaching Artemivsk, the closest city to Debaltseve, in Donetsk Oblast. Some of them were walking, others sat atop of armored vehicles that were leaving the city that could have become their trap after months of bitter fights.

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