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The people of Izium are beginning the task of rebuilding their city, devastated after Russian shelling and six months of occupation

Ukrainian firefighters put out a fire after a strike in Zaporizhzhia amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Picture: Getty

Viktor Dudka stood in his garden after a Russian shelling, heating water in a dented pot on a makeshift cooker on the ground: a piece of metal resting over two bricks, firewood burning between them, the fire smouldering.

He has no running water or electricity and this is his late brother’s home, which he adopted after Russian troops bombed his own house to rubble. “Everything is gone that I earned and worked for for over ...