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Mar 1, 2015

Life in the Ruins in Debaltseve and Vuhlehirsk

Life in the Ruins in Debaltseve and Vuhlehirsk

One of the biggest battles of the Ukraine war ended in a humiliating defeat for government troops, thousands of whom pulled out of this town after a siege and onslaught by separatist fighters. Most of Debaltseve's 26,000 residents fled during the fighting. But according to the Red Cross as many as 5,000 stayed behind, many too elderly to flee. No one has attempted to tally the civilian deaths. Reuters photographer Baz Ratner photographed damaged homes in the towns of Debaltseve and Vuhlehirsk.

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A house damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A shop which was damaged in fighting is seen in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A window of a house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Peeling wallpaper is seen in a house which was damaged by fighting in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A photograph lies on the floor in a house which was damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A dog stands near a building which was damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a house damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Woman walks past a house which was damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house which was damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A house damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Men ride bicycles past a building which was damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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The broken window of a house damaged by fighting is seen in the town of Vuhlehirsk BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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