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Ukrainian frontier city weighs threat of renewed Russian aggression

By Ben Hall

27 Jan 2022 · 3 min read

Seven years on from a devastating artillery strike on his home town of Mariupol, on Ukraine’s eastern flank, Vitaly Dragniev said he felt a deep sense of unease at the renewed threat of bloodshed.

“Of course I feel more vulnerable here. It’s just 30km from Russia and 10km from the front line,” he said, referring to the contact line with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

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