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Slinging a bag over her shoulder, Anastasia headed out from the gym in Kherson — one of the few places where she could unwind in a city on Ukraine's front line.

"It distracts me from war," said the 14-year-old in a baggy Guns N'Roses T-shirt, calling it an "escape" from the reality of living with daily Russian strikes.

Since school was online and many people have fled, the social life of teenagers like Anastasia revolved around a handful of places — like the once-bustling gym.

The clientele changed since the start of the war, with an influx of teenagers joining the regulars — muscly, bearded 40-somethings lifting heavy weights.

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