This is how the young men volunteering to invade someone else's country think war looks: like Call Of Duty, only you get to brag about it more because it's real.
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"Excuse me, is this where I sign up for Pwnage Platoon?"
"Sorry, this is Troop Teabag."
About 8,000 people have died so far in the war, and civilian casualties have surged lately as the fighting goes from infantry shooting each other to an artillery duel with cities in the middle. The odds of a "Russian occupier" surviving his Ukrainian adventure are pretty good. Civilians living in the middle don't have it so well. Their war looks substantially less bitchin' ...
Nobody creates arena rock pump-up videos for having your apartment bombed to rubble.
The civilians of Avdiivka have been shelled constantly for more than a year. For them, war looks like a rocket exploding inside a local bar:
Alexey: "A grad rocket hit the bar several months ago. Three people died 500 meters from here. It was a direct hit on the bar."
We traveled to that bar, a tiki-esque place that wouldn't look out of place in any city in America. The manager, Yana, told us: