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In liberated Ukraine town, locals sob with relief, relate harrowing accounts

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Balakliia, Ukraine Reuters The guns had gone quiet after three days of fighting in the battle-scarred north-east Ukrainian town of Balakliia, but Mariya Tymofiyeva said it was only when she saw Ukrainian soldiers that it hit her that over six months of Russian occupation had ended.  “I was walking away….when I saw an armoured personnel […]

Auschwitz’s horrors still haunt Poles living in nearby town

Oswiecim Poland

Oswiecim, PolandReuters Daniela Szelc says she is still haunted by the screams of people and barking of dogs carrying through the night from the nearby Nazi death camp Auschwitz three-quarters of a century ago. The 89-year-old Polish woman vividly recalls her World War II childhood in her Nazi-occupied homeland. Her family’s home in the town […]