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Photos from Zolote show what daily life is like for civilians, troops near front line.

2022-01-29 10:00:00 AM

Photos from Zolote show what daily life is like for civilians, troops near front line.

A visit to a village near the rebel-held part of Eastern Ukraine provides a glimpse of what daily life is like for civilians and soldiers as Russian troops amass along the border.

·(Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press)At 59, Berezhna is the youngest of the 16 people left in the village. The others are mostly in their 80s; all of the younger people long ago fled the village that's near territory occupied by Russia-backed rebels.

Those who remain in the area look aged far beyond their years, including soldiers on duty in snowy trenches and sandbag-lined positions.(Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press), but many in the West believe that an offensive is imminent.

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Social Sharing Photos from Zolote show what daily life is like for civilians, troops near front line The Associated Press · Posted: Jan 28, 2022 7:46 PM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago A close-up view of an armoured personnel carrier moving near a front-line position in Ukraine's Luhansk area on Friday. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press) In the Ukrainian village of Zolote, Olga Berezhna cradles one of the rabbits she raises, feeds her chickens and gets an eager greeting from her shaggy dog when she walks into her yard. But this is not placid rural life; it's a grinding wait to see if there will be war. At 59, Berezhna is the youngest of the 16 people left in the village. The others are mostly in their 80s; all of the younger people long ago fled the village that's near territory occupied by Russia-backed rebels. Olga Berezhna, 59, feeds hens on Friday in her backyard in Zolote, a village near the front line in Ukraine's Luhansk region. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press) Those who remain in the area look aged far beyond their years, including soldiers on duty in snowy trenches and sandbag-lined positions. Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels began fighting in 2014, in a war that has killed more than 14,000 people. A pair of Ukrainian servicemen rest on Friday in a shelter on the front line in Eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region. Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels began fighting in 2014, in a war that has killed more than 14,000 people. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press) Although the fighting has diminished significantly in recent years, fears are strong that it could resume and become even bloodier since Russia began amassing troops near Ukraine's border. Russia says it has no intention of invading , but many in the West believe that an offensive is imminent. A Ukrainian soldier ducks in a trench on the front line in the Luhansk region on Friday. Fighting has diminished significantly in recent years, but fears are strong that it could resume as Russian troops amass along the border with Ukraine. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press) The next clue about what happens next is likely to come when Russian President Vladimir Putin decides how to respond to the of Moscow's demand that Ukraine be permanently denied membership in the military alliance. In the meantime, Berezhna and the soldiers wait. A Ukrainian serviceman lies in bed on Friday looking at a mobile phone at a front line position in the Luhansk region in Eastern Ukraine. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press)