Civilians Caught In Crossfire: Safer to stay home or leave?

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Aug. 14, 2014, 11:24 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Christopher J. Miller

A boy and a dog look out from a bus stopped at a checkpoint between Kramatorsk and Sloviansk on Aug. 7. Casualties in Russia’s war against Ukraine are on the rise, with nearly 2,000 Ukrainain soldiers and civilians killed. Moreover, nearly 300,000 people have fled the war zone in the east for Russia, Russian-occupied Crimea or other parts of Ukraine.

Christopher J. Miller

American Christopher J. Miller was a Kyiv Post editor from 2013-2014. He now works for Mashable as a senior foreign correspondent. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk in Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at

DONETSK, Ukraine – A supporter of Kyiv’s government with a house in Donetsk’s western Hrabari district, Anatoliy spent the past 10 nights sleeping in a cellar not wide enough for him to stretch his arms and legs. His dog, Barsik, alerts him by howling when the shelling begins. They’re less than a mile from the front lines.

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