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Palace of Culture Shelters Ukrainians From Conflict

In better times, a Palace of Culture serves as a community center for Ukrainian residents, in times of war, it's a bomb shelter.

A child seeks shelter in the local Palace of Culture which is used as a bomb shelter in Mironovka village, near Debaltseve, Ukraine, on Feb. 17. In better days, a Palace of Culture serves as a community’s recreation hall or club house that houses an assortment of recreational activities from movie theaters to dance studios.

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Yulia Novomlynets, 18, waits in a line to receive the humanitarian aid in the local Palace of Culture in Mironovka.

Despite a recently negotiated ceasefire, Moscow-backed rebels continued their all-out assault along the main battle front at the town of Debaltseve, astride a railway hub, where they have a Ukrainian military garrison surrounded.

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An elderly woman sits in Mironovka village’s Palace of Culture which is used as a bomb shelter.

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Children sit next to boxes of humanitarian aid in Mironovka village’s Palace of Culture which is used as a bomb shelter near Debaltseve of Donetsk area.

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Residents cook by the open fire at the back yard of the Palace of Culture.

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A woman has lunch in the local Palace of Culture.

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Two elderly people have a meal in the local Palace of Culture in Mironovka village, near Debaltseve of Donetsk area, Ukraine.

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