A thunderstorm loomed over Mariupol on the afternoon of July 6. To the north, the sky turned dark and a cool prestorm breeze kicked up as the sounds of distant thunder began to roll in.
A waitress at the Natalka coffee shop on Prospekt Lenina smiled and said, “It’s only a storm. Not artillery.”
After a nearly five-month-long standoff, combined Russian-separatist forces announced on July 2 that they had pulled back from their positions in the embattled seaside town of Shyrokyne. Yet in nearby Mariupol, a city that has lived with war on its doorstep for more than a year, many residents …read more