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Restaurants shut down and families go home, such as 61-year-old Vadim Konstanova with his two grandsons. He waits for the trolleybus that will bring him and the two boys safely back to their home in the western Petrovskiy district. “This land is ruled by guns at night. No one speaks about it, but everyone knows it. Crime has risen since the founding of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” Konstanova said.

The trolleybus arrived and his parting advice was: “Be safe and don’t be fooled.”

The Kremlin-backed separatists keep building their own unrecognized government institutions. The newly established police department exists to “protect our residents,” according to 20-year-old policeman Konstantin Nazarchenko, wearing a rifle around his shoulder and handcuffs attached to his belt.

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