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Only a fraction of the apartments in Anna Velichko's shell-scarred high-rise are fit for habitation, after years of a war in Ukraine that could turn yet more brutal should Russia invade.

The 39-year-old lives in up on the ninth floor. From her rickety perch overlooking the front line of eastern Europe's festering conflict, Velichko has a clear view of Donetsk — and the Russian-backed rebels who take regular shots at the residents of her town of Avdiivka.

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