Donbass: The Grey Zone
By sweN TR
‘It’s a mortar shell; it’s an eighty. I mustn’t touch it. See, I’m holding it`, little Rita said in 2016. For her, ammunition replaced toys; she learned to understand them. Her village of Zaitsevo was in the Grey Zone – near the front line. Like hundreds of other settlements, it was shelled by Ukrainian troops almost every day for eight years.