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Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier, in a village ravaged by the past week’s battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living. At least scrap metal is reliable — with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere. Hrabske and the nearby strategic town of Ilovaysk have suffered badly from recent clashes, as separatist Russian forces relentlessly chip away at areas under government control. On Saturday, the government conceded inevitable defeat, as its armed forces were surrounded completely and came under relentless fire.

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