Bickering in the basement: marriages under pressure in war-ravaged Ukraine – TBEN

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Bickering in the basement: marriages under pressure in war-torn Ukraine (2023) © TBEN / TBEN

Huddled in an underground bomb shelter in war-ravaged eastern Ukraine, Oleksander and Lyudmila Murenets are spending more time together today than ever before in their four decades of marriage. Tension is starting to show. Their marriage is far from the only marriage in Eastern Ukraine to succumb to the stress of war. Across the Donbas region, the combination of fighting and freezing temperatures forces couples to spend long periods of time close, straining some relationships and strengthening others.