Conflict in Ukraine

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Conflict in Ukraine

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Not a single building in Nikishyne escaped undamaged after months of intense bombardment, which helped shrink the village of 700 to a handful residents as fighting raged in eastern Ukraine.

But since pro-Russian rebels captured in February the strategic city of Debaltseve about 15 kilometres (nine miles) away, the bombardment of Nikishyne has ended and residents are returning to a moonscape of shattered buildings and the daunting task of rebuilding their lives under rebel control.

"It must have been hellish here," said Yevgeny as he stared at the only standing wall of his home, which was burnt and left pocked by artillery shell shrapnel. (AFP)

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