This article originally appeared on VICE UK
In April of 2014, as fighting escalated in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine between armed pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government, residents painted the phrase "people live here" on their front doors and gates as a way to plead with the military not to bomb, sniper fire or occupy their homes.
Today, these inscriptions are as important as ever. Many of these homes are in villages that are now almost completely abandoned, with the fighting having destroyed up to 90 percent of buildings in some areas – especially villages close to the line that splits Ukraine from the separatist-controlled areas of Donbass. The people and families that are left are still desperately trying to cling on to their homes and livelihoods.
Photographer Albert Lores travelled to the villages around the contact line to capture the stories of those who still live there and find out what it's like to be forever surrounded by war.