As Russia escalates attacks, what a new phase of war means for Ukrainians in the east

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Ukraine war: What Russia’s eastern offensive phase means for civilians

Civilians in eastern Ukraine are stocking up on supplies, preparing exit plans and calling out to the world for assistance as Russia launches new assaults.

Elina Miliushnikova watched her 7-month-old son sleep in his crib late Tuesday night in her darkened Kharkiv apartment, hours after Russian rockets blasted the district where her parents live.

“Today we are really sad and depressed,” Miliushnikova, 31, told USA TODAY via WhatsApp before feeding her son and retreating to the building’s basement for the night. “All day we hear the sound of rockets.”

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