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Ukraine, land of plenty running on empty

A child plays in a playground between a primary school and a WWII Soviet tank mounted on a plinth in the central Ukrainian town of Kagarlyk on March 6, 2015A Soviet tank mounted on a plinth outside a primary school attests to the last time the central Ukrainian town of Kagarlyk saw war up close. The tank is a leftover from the Soviet force that routed Nazi troops from Ukraine during World War II. More than 70 years later, tanks have again been churning up the rich black soil of Ukraine as the country’s pro-Western government battles a pro-Russian insurgency. Seen on television from the comfort of a sitting room in Kagarlyk, a depressed town around 600 kilometres (350 miles) west of the frontline, the fighting that rumbles on at a low level despite a month-old truce seems remote.

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