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Ukraine's rebel miners choose lethal toil over bullets

"You either steal, fight or dig." These are the stark choices that led a lean 28-year-old to risk his life on a daily basis by working in an illegal coal mine in Ukraine's war-torn industrial east. The sooty-faced man agreed to identify himself only as Sasha to protect his safety when talking about "kopankas" -- pits that scatter the coal-mining region of the pro-Russian rebels who revolted against Western-backed Kiev in April 2014.
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