05/08/2014 10:31 am ET

For One Young Ukrainian, The Maidan Dreams Of Democracy Are Dying

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DONETSK — Yegor Firsov watches as bullets decide his future.

Gunmen have been steadily occupying government buildings in a string of towns in eastern Ukraine. The men, mostly masked, are demanding independence or union with Russia, and in the past few days, the Ukrainian military has been trying to drive them out.

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