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KRYMSKE, Ukraine — A yellow school bus, damaged by shrapnel, its driver wearing military fatigues, stops by a crowd of children in brightly colored clothes.

Carrying rucksacks donated by UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s fund, and big travel bags with clothes and food, children say their goodbyes to tearful relatives, and clamber onto the bus.

It was June 15, and 26 children from the frontline village of Krymske in Luhansk Oblast were heading away from the war zone for two weeks, to a summer camp near Kyiv, some 750 kilometers to the northwest.

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