Soldiers man frontline amid shelling in Ukraine's east

STORY: Driving closer to the sound of shelling in tanks and armoured vehicles laden with explosives, the soldiers said the prospect of a direct hit was scary but they were willing to do it for their motherland.

Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has caused Europe's biggest conflict since 1945. Millions have fled, thousands have been killed while cities have been reduced to rubble and fears of a wider conflict in the West have grown.

Eighty eight-year-old Valentyna Shkurenko told Reuters that everyone apart from one neighbour had left her area.

"This house is empty, all houses are empty here," said Shkurenko, also speaking from the Donbas region.

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