It is Friday morning and the masonry church in the eastern Ukrainian village of Elenovka is filled to the brim. The Orthodox priest casts incense over the altar as he mumbles today's prayer through his thick, white beard.
"We pray for all victims of the war, for those killed in the tragedy night through Wednesday, and for anyone going through the roadblocks," he says.
A choir of women sing. Powerful soldiers, with a sweat of sweat seeping through the room, bow their heads over their candles. Teenage girls cry under thin skirts.
The village remembers the four civilians who were killed at the border crossing on Wednesday night last week. They are the last victims of a war that has been sharply escalated in recent weeks and days. This weekend, the UN reported 9333 confirmed deaths since the war in eastern Ukraine. . .
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