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March 24, 2023

‘What do they want from us?’ As Russian forces mass, a Ukraine frontier town feels fear and despair

Caught on the frontline between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, Marinka is a town forgotten by the world

Vera Basova stands by her house holding a local newspaper. The front page headline says Russia is bringing tanks to the eastern Ukrainian border. “What do they want from us? Why are they dragging those tanks here?” Basova asks her neighbour.

The 90-year-old worries she will have to go back to hiding in her basement to escape shelling in the war between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbas region that recently entered its eighth year and has taken more than 13,000 lives.

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