Toretsk is on the frontline of Ukraine’s battle with Russia, but throughout you’ll be able to see cyclists pedalling across the streets, going about their every day enterprise as if defying the encircling hazard.
Oleksandr is a former miner. “How am I supposed to drive?” he says. “Petrol is expensive, I have nothing to drive. And I need to get around.”
It’s the same image in Kramatorsk. Those who stay should not oblivious of the dangers, they’ve accepted them.
“I would prefer, if anything happens, to die immediately,” says Volodymyr. “So that you don’t become disabled afterwards.”
It’s estimated that lots of of 1000’s of Ukrainians have chosen to stay within the threatened areas of Donetsk, regardless of authorities orders to evacuate.
Watch the report within the video participant above.