Ukrainian city numbs to sounds of war

Nightly shelling close, but normalcy prevails

Posted: October 25, 2015 at 4:28 a.m.

Students take part in a welcoming ceremony on the first day of school Sept. 1 in Mariupol, Ukraine, where a weird kind of normalcy has taken hold months after the city was on the front lines of war.

Towering cranes of this port reach above the unseasonably warm beachfront near a razor-wire fence that warns "Do Not Enter -- Mines." While his children play a popular Russian card game called Fool on a sand-flecked blanket, Sergei Sovyak reflects on what has become of his battered, seaside city.

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