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Anna Hulevych, a 31-year-old yoga instructor in her sixth month of pregnancy, is now living in a tent that isrt of a nudist camp at the foot of the Koshka (Cat) Mountain outside Simeiz, a town of 3,000 people along the southern coast of Crimea.

Two months ago she fled the war in Donetsk. She does not support the Kremlin-backed insurgents who camped out near her house. But she never considered turning to Ukraine’s government for help. “Usually the state is not helpful,” she said. “We got used to counting only on ourselves.”

So she gathered her humble belongings and now lives near a rocky beach in the Russian-occupied peninsula. Several times a week, Hulevych climbs a mountain to get to the road and walks into town to buy food and charge her mobile phone in a public toilet.

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