Cycling on the front line: Ukrainians brave danger in the Donetsk war zone

Turitsk is on the front line of Ukraine’s war with Russia, yet everywhere you can see cyclists roaming the streets going about their daily business as if they were defying the surrounding danger.

Oleksandr is a former miner. “How am I supposed to drive?” He says. “Gasoline is expensive, and I have nothing to drive. And I need to go around.”

It is a similar picture in Kramatorsk. Those who remain are not oblivious to the dangers, they have accepted it.

“I would prefer, if anything happens, to die immediately,” says Volodymyr. “So that you don’t become disabled afterwards.”

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians chose to remain in the threatened areas of Donetsk, despite government orders to evacuate.

Watch the report in the video player above.

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