Slovyansk

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A separatist soldier at a building shelled by the Ukrainian army: The Red Cross says more than 1,000 people are missing as a result of two years of fighting, which has killed almost 10,000 people and displaced some two million. Photograph:  NurPhoto/Corbis/Getty Images

It is two years since Ukrainian forces retook the strategic eastern town of Slovyansk and surrounding areas, boosting the morale of a nation rocked by(...)

Tamara Zolotushenko outside houses struck by shelling in Semyonovka, a village just outside Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. “I’ve lived here 40 years but now I have to go,” she said. “I have no idea what I will do now.” Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The bulldozer pawed the ground for hours, as if afraid of what might appear if it dug too deeply into the soil of Slovyansk. Then, as a streak of p(...)