The Battle in Ukraine's Frontline

Collection with 24 media items created by Arturas Morozovas

Ukraine 14 Nov 2014 00:00

The protests that flared up on the main square of Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev sought to topple the corrupt Soviet government. One year after the start of the Maidan revolution, the country is fighting the Russia-backed separatism in the Donbas region.

Despite the mutual ceasefire agreement laid out in the Minsk Memorandum signed on September 19, gunfire continues on the daily basis in the east of the country.

During several days spent on the front lines near the Donetsk Airport, the motivation and patriotism of the Ukrainians are evident. Young volunteers, many of whom are still in the university or have recently graduated, were pacifists a year ago, but now they can handle weapons and are not afraid to die for their country. The Ukrainian Army is just behind their lines, but key tasks are entrusted to the volunteers of the ultranationalist organisation the Right Sector, and the Dnipro battalion.

The voluntary army feeding on nationalism and armed with trophy weapons captured from the separatists sends a clear message to the Ukrainian government: “When we are done in the Eastern Ukraine, we are coming for you.”

“We have never believed in the illusion of Independent Ukraine. The government is still staffed with the same Soviet relics that take pleasure in putting spokes in the wheels of the European Ukraine,” says Yashkin, the volunteer of the Right Sector.

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Battle for Donetsk 01
Donestk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

A view at the separatists positions through a sniper optic in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 02
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldier from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector passes by the wall noted "Glory to Right Sector fighters" in Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 03
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Volunteer medic 'Robin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector provides first aid for a local fighter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 04
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukrainian government soldier guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 05
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukrainian government soldier guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 06
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Title photo for the collection
Battle for Donetsk 07
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector on the roof of a ramshackle building in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 08
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector on the roof of a ramshackle building in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 09
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government's and ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers watch the perimeter from a strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 10
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government sniper leaves his position in a strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 11
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government sniper leaves his position in strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 12
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine soldier opens fire at a suspicious movement at separatists positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 13
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government soldier from 93th Brigade fires a mortar at pro-russian separatists positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 14
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldier in a military operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 15
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

A poster with Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov who was shooting at the Donetsk Airport at Ukraine millitary positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 16
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector in Ukraine's army headquarters in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 17
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers rest at their base in a civilian house in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 18
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldier guards their positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 19
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Local resident in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Note on the gate 'people live here'.

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Battle for Donetsk 20
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldiers from Ukraine volunteer batalion "Dnipr 1" open fire at a sniper position in the pro-russian separatists area in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 21
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 22
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 23
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 24
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.