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Iryna grew up in the village of Zaitsevo and continued living there during the war. She never stopped planting her fruit and vegetable crop even during the worst of the fighting. The front line is only 800 meters from there.

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This family lives in Zaitsevo village. This village is divided by the front line with the Separatists on the one side and the Ukraine government-controlled area on the other.When the war started, Valery, Victoria and their son Dmytro were forced to move, and now live in an old house belonging to their grandparents on the government controlled side.

Three years ago, Dmytro was in a field next to their house when it suddenly came under intense artillery fire, Valery quickly made a white flag from a shirt and rescued his son who was lying frightened in the middle of the burning field. To this day, Dmytro has nightmares due to the incident and regularly wakes up screaming during the night.

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