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Marinka Rebuilding-1
Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Oksana Sidorenko leaves her frontline home in Marinka. Trenches are less than 100 meters away and her home gets routinely sprayed with shrapnel.

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Marinka Rebuilding-2
Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Apartment block destroyed by a Grad rocket-artillery in Marinka, Donetsk region. The building was destroyed in the early stages of the war, in 2014.

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Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Pavel Chistokletov is the head of a local construction crew in Marinka. His own apartment was destroyed in the shelling.

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Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Destroyed apartment block in Marinka, Donetsk region. Pavel's apartment can be seen on the first floor. Graffiti reads in Russian: "What for?"

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Marinka Rebuilding-5
Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Yura Nogin repairs war-damaged buildings in Marinka, where he now lives with Oksana Sidorenko, whom he met while serving with an artillery detachment in the town.

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Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

An apartment under complete refurbishment in Marinka, Donetsk region.

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Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Oksana Sidorenko smokes in front of her home. Metal plate is bolted to the living room window; shrapnel holes have punctured some other windows in the house.

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Marinka Rebuilding-9
Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

An apartment block destroyed by artillery fire in Marinka. A U.N.-funded program tears down badly-damaged apartment blocks to be rebuilt, while those with only moderate damage are refitted by local construction crews.

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Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Oksana's neighbour receives fire extuingusher supplied by international volunteers. Because of it, a number of house fires were later extuingished, when set alight by shrapnel. "Bullets missed twice when repairing something on the roof," she added.

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Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

Oksana Sidorenko, Artiom’s mother, sprints across a sniper corridor in Marinka in the Donetsk region. Reminiscent of scenes from the siege of Sarajevo, residents must sprint across a street, as Russian-backed separatists continue to fire from positions directly in front. So far, two civilians have been hit, two soldiers killed and many more have experienced near-misses, according to locals.

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Marinka Rebuilding-8
Marinka
By Benas Gerdziunas
08 Feb 2017

Oksana's son Artiom, 14, watches a film inside his front line home in Marinka in the Donetsk region. Just 10 minutes earlier, a fragment of a shell fell in the backyard. The house is dotted with bullet holes from a sniper position directly opposite. The separatist positions are less than 300 meters away and the Ukrainian military are 50 meters away.