Getting out alive: Ukrainian civilians flee the Russian onslaught

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As Russian troops step up their assault on eastern Ukraine, tens of thousands of civilians are trapped. 

Many are unable to evacuate from towns and cities being fought over in Donbas, while others find themselves under heavy shelling not far from the front line. Those who’ve managed to flee are finding shelter in increasingly overcrowded western Ukraine.

With Russia’s record of destroying cities and accusations that its troops have committed war crimes against civilians, authorities want people to leave and not ride out the attack at home.

“Some people are careless. Such people think that shells will hit anywhere other than where they are. Some older people are stubborn in the sense that they

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