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Serhii Chaus, the mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Chasiv Yar, arrives at a bread delivery location on the outskirts of town. Chaus goes daily into the embattled town to deliver supplies and meet residents who choose to stay there as Russian forces are approaching the area. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A mayor in Ukraine aids his town's few remaining people, as Russia closes in

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Olga and Nikolay Grinik with their son, Kirill (left), and daughter, Miroslava (right), in Avdiivka, in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, in July 2018. The family lived about 50 yards away from a Ukrainian front-line military position in old Avdiivka. They owned the only horse in town, Lastochka (Swallow), and made extra money giving cart rides to children in downtown Avdiivka. Anastasia Taylor-Lind hide caption

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Soldiers prepare to fire BM-21 Grad rocket launcher toward Russian positions in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on Monday. Russia intends to annex Donetsk but Ukrainian forces retook Lyman, a strategic city in the region, on Saturday. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Iryna Shulimova, 59, weeps at the scene in the aftermath of a Russian rocket that hit an apartment building in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday. At least 30 people were killed and others may still be trapped in the rubble. Nariman El-Mofty/AP hide caption

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Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, an area controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, speaks to journalists on May 5, 2021. Alexei Alexandrov/AP hide caption

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Refugees from different cities of the Donetsk region controlled by pro-Russia separatists stay March 12 in a center for refugees in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian rebels has been tenuous at best, and residents of the region continue to flee; 1.2 million have been displaced by the fighting. Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Local Volunteer Groups Lead Effort To Help Ukraine's Displaced Citizens

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A woman sits inside a bomb shelter in Donetsk on Wednesday. Some local residents have lived in bomb shelters and basements for more than a month, looking for cover from artillery strikes. Alexander Ermochenko/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

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Smoke rises near Donetsk's airport on Sunday amid increased shelling. Pro-Russian forces are trying to dislodge Ukrainian troops. The renewed fighting is testing a fragile cease-fire. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Streets Are Empty As The Shells Keep Falling In Eastern Ukraine

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