For many citizens living in parts of Eastern Ukraine occupied by Pro-Russia rebels, reality has become a tenuous amalgamation of rumors, propaganda, and dreams.
A train car adorned with kittens will travel across Ukraine to spread friendship. It also contains stuffed toys, cushions, and beer.
As the Ukrainian military launches an offensive on the rebel-held town of Sloviansk, members of the self-proclaimed state of Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) are continuing a campaign of government building takeovers.
Sloviansk, as well as Luhansk, Kramatorsk and Horlivka, have been under the armed pro-Russia milita in the area for more than two weeks.
The violence across the region this weekend have carved a chasm out of already deep divides in Ukrainian society.
The anti-terror operation announced by Kiev earlier this week is the third attempt to oust the pro-Russia forces controlling large regions.
Whichever side they take, Odessans are gearing for conflict and the city's Muslims may be in for a tougher time than most.
There's an tense, fearful armed standoff in Sloviansk and 31 people died in a deadly fire following clashes in Odessa.