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Civilians still living amid ruins of Pisky (PHOTOS)

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A dog barks in the frontyard of an abandoned house in the front-line town of Pisky on May 15. Practically all of the houses have suffered some form of damage, and most of the civilian population of the town has long-since fled, some of them abandoning animals.
Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

PISKY, Ukraine – The front-line town of Pisky, some 600 kilometers southeast of Kyiv, has been left ruined and depopulated after years of intense fighting.

The town, which formerly had a population of about 2,000 people, is next to Donetsk airport – also now in ruins after intense fighting between the Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed forces. Russian-backed forces finally gained control of the airport in early 2015.

The fighting left Pisky on the front-line between Ukrainian forces and the Russian-backed fighters. The town has since come under attack many times, and most of the civilian population has fled.

However, a few people could not, or would not, leave their homes. They live there, amid the ruins of their town, to this day.

Read the full story about the last civilians trying to stay alive in Pisky.

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