The prisoners at this camp in western Ukraine walked without handcuffs around their wrists, instead linking their hands behind their backs and keeping their heads down. Only the guards posted outside were armed. The staff inside the center said it’s a revolving door: new prisoners arrive every week just as others leave to be exchanged, Once home, they could be sent back to the front.

“I don’t want to fight, but if they tell me to again, then so be it,” said Oleg Asedulin, a 45-year-old mortar man. “We were sent to war to fight for ourselves, and it is not clear against whom or for whom.”

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