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When the Russian invasion reached Mariupol in Ukraine in late February, 15-year-old Alena Zagreba went from filming vlogs with her friends to chronicling the destruction of her hometown.

While most people were hiding in bunkers and cellars, Alena and her parents stayed above ground, and her videos are a rare glimpse into intense attacks by Russian forces.

Alena melted snow for water while her parents cooked on makeshift fire pits outside. The family survived by moving from house to house as the shelling made their home and other shelters uninhabitable. Alena said at one point in the newspaper that her nerves had been “destroyed” by the constant bombardment.

After fleeing to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia, Alena and her mother moved to Luxembourg, where the teenager has resumed school – while her father is still in Ukraine, with men aged 18 to 60 having received government order to stay in the country.

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