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One of the many abandoned buildings, which remain inaccessible due to the threat of unexploded ordnance and leftover mines.
Kostya Zarubin sits inside his grandparentsâ home, where he grew up - two floors below his best friendâs Edikâs home. The boys were 15 years-old when they climbed a slag heap to âlook at the war,â oblivious to the danger.
Slag heaps - residue of mine shaft excavations, pile high near Lysychansk, Luhansk region. Popular with local kids, these heaps served as observation posts for artillery spotters and military personnel during the war.
Pavel Albulov shows the deep scar in the center of his forehead, left behind after a booby-trap went off after opening the door to a house. He went inside to feed the animals left behind by the fleeing neighbours.
Billboard in Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, warns of dangers posed by mines and unexploded ordnance. Similar posters can be found onboard trains - both of which have only appeared recently.
Children walk from school near the village of Troitske, Luhansk Region. The village has been at the forefront of trenchline fighting for the past year, and have subsequently seen heavy artillery damage and continuing threat of unexploded ordnance, mines and booby-traps.
Pavelâs wife stands defiantly in front of her home. âWe have food, electricity, We donât need anything, I canât even eat properly. We just want peace.
âMinesâ etched into the front gate. The owner was injured when returning home by a booby-trap left behind by the soldiers.
âI pushed my bike first through the gate, thatâs when the booby-trap went off,â he explains. âI walked home one and half kilometer, with blood pouring down. My wife gave a glass of samagon [homemade spirit], and I walked further to get medical help.â