School survival

In 2014, armed separatist groups, with the support of Russian troops, occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbass. A border was formed between the Ukrainian military and illegal armed groups. The Crimean city of Lugansk region is located on the demarcation line.  In peacetime, the city was a real resort area of ​​the Luhansk region, stretching along the river for 10 km. At the moment, Crimea is the hottest spot in the military zone, since it has strategic importance. Who controls this settlement controls the highway. This route carries a potential threat to the «LPR» terrorists. With its help, it will be possible to quickly deliver reinforcements for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and carry out the rapid deployment of troops in Lugansk.

The city remained virtually cut off from the outside world. Asphalt roads were closed because militants were stationed there. The only way is the pontoon bridge, which was installed by military engineers. The main threat to the civilian population are minefields and forest belts. There are many stretch marks and mines. Often sabotage groups approach Ukrainian positions and carry out shelling. Militants bomb the city almost daily. Residents are forced to hide in shelters for 6 years.

At the beginning of hostilities, the city several times passed from hand to hand of the warring parties. Terrorists brutally cracked down on local residents who supported the independence of Ukraine. For various reasons, people could not leave the war zone. The city school was destroyed and completely looted by marauders. Sometimes the military lived in it. After the advent of Ukrainian power, the building was repaired, new windows and doors were installed. In 2019, 25 students studied at the school.

Youth who are able to survive this war will become a full member of Ukrainian society. These children will get their IDs, their right to vote and choose their future, they will get their powers and duties as well as the mistakes and traumas of previous generations. They will have to carry on their shoulders the future that will have grown from today’s militarized reality.

2019.

 

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City Crimean Lugansk region. Ukraine 2019. Google map.

 

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On school posters it says: «Country of boys and girls»; «The school’s motto is for the homeland, good and conscience»; «Soul to God, Life to Ukraine, Honor to oneself.»

 

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School. Crimean city 2019.

 

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School. Crimean city 2019.

 

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Schoolyard. Vladislavа  14 years old.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

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School. Albina 11 years.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

Крымское война Донбасс Алена Гром ALena Grom War Art DonbassSchoolyard.  Vladislava is 11 years old.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

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Schoolyard. Anya 3 years.

 

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Egor 16 years old.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

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Military shelter underground. The place the military lives is called — Dugout.

 

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A checkpoint near the city of Crimean. A place that militants constantly bombard.

 

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Dasha 8 years old.

 

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Before the war, local residents worked in mines, but now, due to hostilities, coal mining has stopped.

 

Крымское война Донбасс Алена Гром ALena Grom War Art DonbassThe enemy reversion reconnaissance groups are hiding in the forest. They can attack or shoot at any time.

 

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Bogdan 14 years old.

 

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Brother and sister are standing near the school bomb shelter. Danil is 5 years old and Anya is 3 years old.

 

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The area around the city is mined. Periodically, people explode on mines.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

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Schoolyard. Lera 12 years old.

 

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The principal of the school, Irina, is near her home.

 

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Sonya 11 years old.

 

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Due to the geographical location of the City, Crimean is isolated from the outside world. The only way to get into the city is through the pontoon bridge, which is guarded by the military.

 

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Anya 3 years

 

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Schoolyard. Alina 11 years old.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

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Schoolyard. Nina 3 years.

 

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Single mother has 5 children. She bakes bread for the military and earns $ 30 a month.

 

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Football field for schoolchildren.

 

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Crimean city 2019. Charity worker. He installs windows that were knocked out as a result of the bombing.

 

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Vladislavа is 11 years old.

 

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Arseny 11 years old.

 

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Crimean city 2019.

 

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Sofia 11 years.

 

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Nina 3 years.

 

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Pupils. The school has 25 students.

 

Children are waiting for a school bus.