Refugees from Debaltseve are escaping the battle zone on foot while Grad missile systems are heading to the front.
Fighting continues between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in and around the important railway hub of Debaltseve. The humanitarian situation in the town has become catastrophic as thousands have fled, while many more are trapped in the heavily shelled town. Locals each day try to flee the battle zone using cars, trucks or buses driven by volunteers making the round trip multiple times a day.
The battle of the railway hub of Debaltseve has reached a breaking point. Only an estimated 3 thousand locals are still present within the city out of its original 25 thousand. Pro-Russian forces have been attempting to encircle the city from the North, shelling heavily the area while making slow progress towards their goal.
February 9, 2015, Debalteve, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. A lone woman is taking shelter inside her house while shells continues.