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Alexei Novikov is an unemployed miner, displaced from Donetsk city to government-controlled Kirove, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. His new home is 2 km from the frontline “Line of Contact” in the war between Ukraine and the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic.<br />
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In an interview with international OSCE monitors, he said:   “I moved here from Donetsk in June 2014 with my wife and my kids. Three and four years old. We wanted to buy a house here but we were cheated. We gave money to the owner, 8000 hryvnia out of the total cost of 24,000. Then the house matron told us to leave — we had no papers, only promises. Recently the house has been bombed, destroyed, and the owners moved. So maybe it was good we were not living there.<br />
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We rented an apartment on Yunasti street, 1500 hryvnia per month plus utilities. My wife gets 1000 hryvnia from IDP benefits but it doesn’t cover the rent. Now I have no money for feeding my kids. I’d be grateful for any help — accomodation or money or help finding work. We’d like to stay here but in case any work was available we would move to another city. I was a miner in Donetsk. I was injured, had heat stroke. I’m trying to get work in Kirove in a mine. They promised to call me back but they never did. I’ve had no work for two years.<br />
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I was almost two years without my identity documents. I couldn’t go back home without them. I recently managed to get my passport and documents back. The local priest from here often crosses the border, so he offered and brought me my papers from my aunt in Donetsk.<br />
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My mother was killed during bombing in Donetsk in 2014. My father died when I was two years old and I have no brother or sister. My only family is two aunts and one uncle in Donetsk. In the afternoon, my mom and her friend left the bomb shelter. Because of bombing they stayed there all the time — and when they left they were shelled by unexpected artillery on the verandah of her house. Her friend survived. It was the 19th of Augus
Alexei Novikov is an unemployed miner, displaced from Donetsk city to government-controlled Kirove, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. His new home is 2 km from the frontline “Line of Contact” in the war between Ukraine and the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic.

In an interview with international OSCE monitors, he said: “I moved here from Donetsk in June 2014 with my wife and my kids. Three and four years old. We wanted to buy a house here but we were cheated....
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