What They Left Behind: Ukraine's Cities After Rebel Retreat

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine — For the first time in months, Ukrainian residents in the eastern cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk can stroll down their streets without fear.
The pro-Russian rebels who had forcefully taken over the cities months ago fled over the weekend as Ukraine's government forces launched a successful offensive and regained control over the cities.

But though it may be more peaceful in the two cities, the rebels left behind a graveyard of burned-out machinery, broken windows, destroyed buildings — all ghostly reminders of the turmoil locals have lived under for months. Photographer Evgeny Feldman explores...

Evgeny Feldman is a staff photographer for the Russian publication Novaya Gazeta.

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