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Living as an Internally Displaced Person in Ukraine

Expand Older people crossing the broken bridge at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. November 6, 2018.  © 2018 Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images On a hot August day, I stood in line at the Migration Service of Ukraine. I had just gotten married and needed to change my last name in my passport. For most Ukrainians, this wouldn’t require significant effort. But I’m registered in Donetsk – a city in eastern Ukraine currently not under Ukrainian government control. When the official looked at my passport and saw my propiska (legal address), she said: “The list of documents for changing…

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