June 11 - As Russia and NATO display shows of force -- some residents in eastern Ukraine are choosing to leave it all behind. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
NATO war games kick off in Lithuania. It's one of NATO's largest exercises of land forces in the Baltics. The exercises come amid high tensions between NATO and Russia over the political crisis in Ukraine. They are not the only one preparing for a fight. On Tuesday, the Russian Air Force conducted exercises in the skies near the Ukrainian border. Part of their mission is to prepare for responses to any intruders in Russian air space. On the ground in Ukraine many are living in fear. Families in the east board buses hoping to find a better way of life. Facing uncertainty many save what is most important to them Others do not want to think of what's left behind. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, FLEEING FROM SLAVIANSK, SAYING: "It is easier to leave. We are pushing ourselves into buses which are packed. What is most frightening is what is happening in the east. There are elderly who are left there, nobody will care for them, nobody. They are dying there, without food and electricity. I don't want to talk about it, I have already lived through it." With the insurgency in Ukraine escalating in recent weeks, some felt the best option is to leave it all behind.