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Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Sep 2016

One of the many abandoned buildings, which remain inaccessible due to the threat of unexploded ordnance and leftover mines.

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Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Sep 2016

Kostya Zarubin sits inside his grandparents’ home, where he grew up - two floors below his best friend’s Edik’s home. The boys were 15 years-old when they climbed a slag heap to “look at the war,” oblivious to the danger.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Sep 2016

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.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

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.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

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.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

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.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

Pavel’s wife stands defiantly in front of her home. “We have food, electricity, We don’t need anything, I can’t even eat properly. We just want peace.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

‘Mines’ etched into the front gate. The owner was injured when returning home by a booby-trap left behind by the soldiers.

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Benas Gerdziunas - Ukraine - The Last...
Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

“I pushed my bike first through the gate, that’s when the booby-trap went off,” he explains. “I 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.”