September 8, 2021 - Hranitne, Ukraine: Vitaley, a farmer who has worked the fields in Hranitne for his entire life, talks about the impact of the war during a break from plowing a wheat field on farmland that was subject to a recent artillery shelling by Russian insurgents. Despite the threat of uncleared mines and artillery shelling, farmers of the lands in the Donbas often have no choice but to continue harvesting their fields and coexist alongside the soldiers defending the frontline of the conflict.
"The impact was disastrous. Everyone was working here. I was working as a master in a school, teaching tractor workers. The war affected it dramatically. Everything went upside down. I was working in a school, had to run from the bombing. The school is currently your (the Army's) headquarters. In 2014 they abandoned them [the fields] and started to work on them again in 2017. Everyoneâs scared. There are new holes on this field." (J.T. BLATTY / Polaris)