Authorities have relocated several of the worst-hit care homes but most are forced to continue where they are, despite the fighting.
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Tamara Makarovna spends her afternoons sitting in a dilapidated armchair upstairs in her care home, watching an old TV set and talking to her neighbors. Her way of life may seem peaceful at first glance, but the 81-year-old is a resident of a state-run care home in war-torn eastern Ukraine, just a few kilometers from the front line with the pro-Russian rebel insurgency.This used to be a quiet place – until the conflict hit eastern Ukraine in April 2014 and has since claimed some 10,000 lives.The care home itself suffered a direct hit from a mortar shell, Tamara says, recalling how frightened she had been.Despite the threat from shelling, Tamara has opted to stay here.She has never been married and has no close family, and the care home appears to be the only place where she can count on being looked after. The facility is located in the Kiev-controlled village of Gostre just 10 kilometers from the front line.
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