Under the shade of a giant oak tree, Lena, 37, wondered why she and her family left Luhansk.

“Why did we finally leave?” repeated Lena with incredulity, before listing off all that had happened.

After the referendum in May, which attempted to legitimise the self-styled Luhansk People’s Republic, Lena and her husband thought things would quiet down. After all, Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists were just a ragtag group of bandits, they reasoned.

But in June, as Ukraine transitioned into a state of crisis, the sound of shooting became all to familiar. Soon, more than 2,600 people had left the Donetsk and Luhansk regions escaping the violence. Around this time, Lena’s eldest son, Danil, started a modest bullet casing collection. [Read more]

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