Violent fighting in Luhansk leaves villagers' crops threatened by fires.

VIOLENT fighting in Luhansk leaves villagers battling to extinguish huge fires threatening their crops and livelihoods.

For civilians who stayed behind in their villages along the frontline in the Donbas the fighting between Russia and Ukraine poses a new threat. Shelling and firing of rockets nearby sets their fields on fire and can destroy their crop. With a dry and hot summer approaching the risk is increasing.

“I saw smoke and came to put it out. I saw smoke, I was out in my garden. I didn't see the explosion,” 51-year old Vladimir told Reuters on Sunday (June 12) as he tried to stop flames destroying his field in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.

Constant shelling and exchange of fire leaves a trail of smoke and destruction in its wake, threatening people's livelihoods in the embattled east.

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