People are not mentally prepared to leave their homes and abandon their lives. Even if you are a village 15 km from the front line, you can't plan your life. It's not possible, said Hromadske journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk during a Skype conversation from Artemivsk, Ukraine.
For the people that do leave their homes, finding steady work is the biggest problem, said Gumenyuk.
The UNCHR estimated that over 1 million people have been displaced by fighting between the Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Hromadske International's Ian Bateson and Angelina Kariakina spoke with Nataliya Gumenyuk.