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World: Near Donetsk's forehead, the Rancher against Kiev and the dream of the "house" Russia

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d His first words, tears flow on his cheeks. "How could I have been able to interview Antonina Zaïseva, a retired living near the front in the pro-Russian separatist region of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine.

In this pavillonnaire district ravaged by the bombing, the few inhabitants not fled attempt to rebuild. If many people consider Russia as their Savior against Ukrainian troops, very few rejoice over boots that resonate again, on the background of Russian-Western crisis around Ukraine.

Some residents call them the "morning awakening", others the "celebrations": almost every day at dawn or twilight, artillery shots and machine guns resound.

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The forehead is less than two kilometers. Between 2014 and 2015, the district, located in the extreme west of the city of Donetsk, the capital of the separatists of the "People's Republic", was pounded because of its proximity to the airport, theater of a fierce battle. between Ukrainian and pro-russian forces.

Since the 2015 Minsk Peace Agreements, the Front has stabilized and the fighting has decreased significantly.

But the political resolution of the conflict, which killed more than 13,000 people, is at a dead point, for lack of progress in the negotiations between Kiev, supported by Westerners, and Russia, which despite its denials appears as the sponsor of the separatists.

Wednesday, the leader of American diplomacy Antony Blinken started a European tour devoted to the Ukrainian crisis by a support visit to Kiev, before a meeting Thursday in Berlin with his German, French and British partners, and finally a meeting Friday to Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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"How to forgive?"

In the region, the risk of a new lighting is permanent, more for several weeks and the deployment by Russia, at the Ukrainian border, tens of thousands of soldiers.

"We live in the fear that the war restarts," Breath Antonina Zaïdeva, 72, an old building painter wearing thick glasses covered with fog.

In its district, the vast majority of houses are ripped ruins, carbonized and shredded with shrapnels.

Even at the height of the fighting, Antonina Zaïdeva, tarted in a cellar, never left his street, where she says, "Chechens, Cossacks and Russian volunteers" supporting the separatists had taken position.

It attributes its survival to a "miracle", dozens of inhabitants being dead.

Near the small local market, a stele was erected in their memory. Plush bears with faded colors, covered with snow, are placed near names of children.

"To the civilian victims of the Kiev junta aggression," says the monument, formula used in profusion to depict the Ukrainian authorities.

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Antonina Zaïdeva says "Of course" for a union of the separatist region of Donetsk with Russia, because the Ukrainian power bombed its own population: "how to forgive that?"

Since 2017, gas and electricity have returned to its neighborhood. The Red Cross provides materials to rebuild and distribute food all four months.

Number of inhabitants now also affect their pensions from local authorities, a change in Moscow credit.

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"Russia pays us our pensions, fortunately, and pay for water, electricity and freedom," says Alexandra Lozovskaya, 69, little blonde granny whose husband was killed in 2015 by going Look for bread.

"We will unite ourselves in Russia at the end of the day, you have to go home", abounds a neighbor, Sergei, 47, ensuring that life in Ukraine was "the brothel".

In this Russian-speaking and Russophile industrial region, the neighboring Russia acts as motherland, thirty years after the independence of the Ukraine of the Soviet Union. Moscow has also distributed hundreds of thousands of passports.

Some inhabitants are more reserved, especially since they have relatives on the other side of the forehead, and between pandemic and conflict, visit them with a journey from the administrative and health fighter. Same go to Russia is complicated.

"It's like an island, no one wants us in Russia, nor in Ukraine, it is the impasse," says Elena, 49, who suddenly begins to cry. His son lives Ukrainian side.

preferring to silence its names of fears of reprisals, it also accuses the local authorities to divert the assistance for the population.

"Where is the money from Russian humanitarian aid? It's a good question," she says.

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