‘Dead city’: Russia swoops on Ukraine’s once-calm Toretsk

Toretsk, Ukraine: Compared to others in war-torn eastern Ukraine, Galyna Poroshyna was lucky to live in Toretsk, a mining town nestled in a relatively sleepy sector of the front line. Then, suddenly, the Russian attacks began and life in the city, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the city of Donetsk, deteriorated drastically. As rockets and airstrikes began raining down on shaken residents this month, Poroshyna and her neighbors took shelter in basements, emerging between dams to assess the damage.

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