Ukrainian servicemen wave as they ride a self-propelled artillery gun near the town of Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, September 22, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Living on Ukraine frontline, trying to make sense of warFrom the balcony of his apartment in Mariupol, a strategic city in the conflict between the Ukraine army and pro-Russian separatists, Piotr Galanji can see the frontline.Galanji, who proudly served in the Soviet Red Army for 27 years, has no wish to choose sides at his age -- a sprightly 67 .If the separatists capture Mariupol they will be able to advance along the coast of the Azov towards Crimea, which Russia annexed in March, with a view to creating a corridor to rebel-held eastern Ukraine.Along with two friends, Galanji gazes at the Ukrainian position, which the men say is frequently targeted.Like many Mariupol residents, Anatoly Fedoriak, 32, works in one of the city's two giant steel factories.When he moves about in the town, he skirts the walls of the buildings.
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