Ukraine's Lost Generation

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Yuri was holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle and was decked out in a tactical vest and balaclava when I first met him. We were huddled inside a rusted Brink’s-style armored van, converted into a frontline vehicle meant to withstand bullets and roadside bombs, as the shelling started.

It was the summer of 2016 in the Promzona, a frontline position in Donbass, a region that remains the most violent...

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