As reported by Censor.NET, Oles Kromplias made a photographic report of life at the front line in Ukraine.
"It will cost you 65 hryvnia (about $2.5) to get from the Kurakhove bus station to the advanced checkpoint outside Marinka by a shuttle van or a taxi," he writes.
Marinka. "Two guys are chattering sitting astride the popular transport - bicycles - on a small market square. They are just ordinary fellows," Kromplias writes.
"I passed through the checkpoint at Marinka's exit and encountered a man. He was pushing a wheelbarrow in front of him with several dead dogs inside... I was not able to ask the guy what has happened to the animals and why he needed them anyway as we were at the checkpoint," he wrote.
Kurakhove. "An elderly man told me: "I have two sons fighting for Ukraine. I would do it myself, but I'm too old. I live on 2,000 hryvnia pension here while the rest of the residents are separatists. But they keep their heads down unlike the ones coming from Donetsk and gobbling up all the food on the market. Sometimes it is even impossible to buy some meat due to the sky-high price..."," the photographer wrote.
Shchastia. "I encountered a group of babushkas and elderly men who surrounded several milk cans patiently waiting for their turn to purchase some. The saleswoman heard faint sound of my camera's shutter and raised a hue: "Ahhhh! Stop shooting! Get away from here and hide your camera!" The crowd took up the cry. I showed my ID and explained that I came to learn how they live, to calm them down," the reporter wrote.
"Another courtyard was turned into a sanctuary for cats. A woman was cooking some plain dish for her pets - porridge with giblets. More than a dozen cats had gathered around her. She was very pleased that someone else was interested in the cats' life," Kromplias explained.
"In general, everyone was satisfied that the food was delivered and it was calm. I left the town, unlike its residents. Shchastia was shelled the next day. The projectiles hit a repair shop and a five-storey building," he added.
"Most locals except some drunkards are sane Ukrainians. They are worth to continue fighting for. The sane locals didn't say a word about the junta, fascists, banderivtsi or other nonsense about the proud and independent Donbas. The people were complaining about the war, life in a constant fear and poverty," the photographer summed up.
(Photos by Oles Kromplias , a.k.a. Lesko Kromplitz on Facebook)
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