Ukraine's conflict stains innocence of childhood as adult hatreds seep into play

March 13, 2015 7:13 AM

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Ukraine's conflict stains innocence of childhood as adult hatreds seep into play

In a picture taken on Saturday, March 7, 2015, Veronica, lies on toys she has spread on the floor at a children's home, in Khartsyzk, Ukraine. A brutal conflict between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian government troops has affected more than 1.7 million children on both sides of the front line, according to the UN’s children’s agency, with some of them sent to orphanages when their parents got killed or went to fight for the rebels, while some parents gave up their foster children because they were no longer receiving benefits for them. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (The Associated Press)

In a picture taken on Saturday, March 7, 2015, a doll lies on the floor of a children's home, in Khartsyzk, Ukraine. A brutal conflict between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian government troops has affected more than 1.7 million children on both sides of the front line, according to the UN’s child...

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