A boy runs along sandbags covering the windows of a school aimed at protecting children in case of shelling in the small Ukrainian town of Marinka on November 25, 2016. AFP / ALEXEY FILIPPOV
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The drills in the government-held town of Marinka that was once home to 10,000 people have been held monthly since the conflict broke out with pro-Russian insurgents in April 2014 .One rebel assault on the town killed 20 people in June last year.Three hundred children used to attend the Marinka school before Ukraine was hurled into its worst military crisis since World War II.The building itself looks more like a well-fortified military outpost than a school.Many families fled Marinka after the June 2015 attacks – never to return. Mokraya herself went to five different schools across government-held parts of Ukraine after the fighting broke out.Kindsfater accuses the rebels of launching strikes to keep the locals fearful and angry that the Ukrainian army has been unable to protect them.Principal Yelena Averina said her school came under attack from Ukrainian government troops in both 2014 and 2015 .
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