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AP PHOTOS: Life in Ukraine on the brink of war fears

KYIV, Ukraine – Ordinary Ukrainian civilians take part in military exercises to prepare for a possible war, handling automatic rifles or advancing in formation as the country lives under threat from a feared Russian invasion.

Soldiers on the tense frontline take pensive cigarette breaks, steal a moment to playfully dance, or assume battle stances, eyes haunted.

Elsewhere, some of the normalcy of life continues. A destitute woman begs for alms in a street in Odessa, and newlyweds celebrate their union on the shores of the Black Sea.


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