Adrian Bonenberger

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Ukrainian servicemen fighting pro-Russian separatists in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, in March. Credit Anatolii Stepanov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In eastern Ukraine, a low-grade but brutal fight churns on, virtually invisible to the world. For residents of the houses that lie between each side’s positions, in towns like Marinka and Avdiivka, where combat is heaviest, the conflict is a conspicuous and unavoidable part of daily life.

The shooting starts most mornings between 8 and 9, as regularly as an alarm. Sniper rifles and infantry carbines crack, heavy machine guns bark and clustered booms from automatic grenade launchers reverberate across the deadly fields of the Donbas region. At night, heavy artillery and tank battles keep residents inside buildings that offer dubious protection: On May 13, four Ukrainian civilians were killed in government-controlled Avdiivka by an artillery shell fired from separatist-controlled territory.…  Seguir leyendo »