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A man pulls a cart with the waste he has gathered from apartment buildings damaged by shelling through the village of Nikishyne. <br />
Since April 2014, the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk have been embroiled in a military stand-off between the Ukrainian national army and armed separatists rebels, widely believed to be armed by Russia and assisted by thousands of Russian volunteers and regular forces. By May 2015, over 6,243 (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimate) people had lost their lives in the fighting, with civilians bearing the brunt of wide ranging fighting.