WWII Veteran Nina Yorlo (87) wears medals for her services in the Soviet Army as she listens to a concert at a retirement home in Donetsk, in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), on April 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
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