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Business owners in a Ukrainian front-line city adapt even as ‘a missile can come at any moment’

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — In a city where damaged buildings are everywhere, a destroyed pizzeria stands out as a painful reminder of lives and livelihoods dashed in an instant.

A Russian ballistic missile struck the popular eatery in eastern Ukraine in June, killing 13 people including an award-winning Ukrainian writer and several teenagers. Seven of the victims were staff.

His tragic experience shows the challenges that business owners face while keeping their doors open.

“A missile can come at any moment,” he said.

The area’s wartime economy largely revolves around catering to soldiers, as well as journalists and aid workers

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