Ukraine evacuees leave war in the east for safety and uncertainty in the west

February 6, 2015 10:01 AM

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ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — As the minibus crammed with elderly evacuees idled at the gas station on the outskirts of town Tuesday, Olga Tarasenko, 65, broke down.

For several weeks, Tarasenko was holed up in the basement of her apartment building 30 miles southeast in the city of Debaltseve, hiding from near-constant shelling that has turned the area into the latest bloody epicenter of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels.

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