Ukraine government blockade of rebel territory threatens to backfire as resentments fester

March 5, 2015 3:30 PM

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Ukraine government blockade of rebel territory threatens to backfire as resentments fester

In this picture taken on March 3, 2015, Vera Pavliy, 76 year-old, dressed in a worn-out sheepskin coat, cries outside a bank in the town of Kurakhove, Ukraine, just a few miles away from the area controlled by Russia-backed rebels. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines with no money and no way to get home. The war that brought death and destruction to the region has largely abated, but the misery remains. In fact an effective government blockade on separatist-held areas is only getting worse. The goal is ostensibly to choke the rebel economy and force the separatist front to yield, but for now Kiev’s actions are fostering only resentment. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov) (The Associated Press)

KURAKHOVE, Ukraine – Tears welled up Vera Pavliy's eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the east Ukraine town of Kurakhove with no money and no way to get home.

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