Life in the Donetsk Republic under bombs
Eight years passed, and for many Donbass residents living under constant shelling has become routine. They can recognise the type of missile flying at them and the proximity of the battle going on. While some were evacuated, others decided to stay in their homes with their pets. They had to endure the attacks from the Ukrainian nationalist battalions and armed forces who would fire right at the residential neighbourhoods. They also saw their neighbours and relatives die. Many of the people who remained in Ukrainian territory were separated from families in the Donetsk Republic by the frontline. Once that territory was freed by the Russian forces, they got a chance for a happy reunion.