Fear and loathing as Ukraine's frontline city votes

Ukrainian soldiers cast ballots in a polling station on October 26, 2014 in southern Ukrainian city of MariupolUkraine’s parliamentary polls Sunday were meant to help bring a shattered nation together, but in the frontline city of Mariupol, interior designer Natalia is in no mood for reconciliation. We want nothing to do with these monsters in Kiev,” the 41-year-old tells AFP. Mariupol is a town of divided loyalties sitting on the edge of fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. Seized by separatists in April, the steelmaking port returned to government control after Kiev’s troops marched in two months later.

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