Ukraine: Zombieland

Collection with 20 media items created by Sergey Ponomarev

Ukraine 27 Jan 2015 15:19

The war in southeastern Ukraine has turned the region in to a zombie-land. Ukraine has historically been divided into pro-European and pro-Russian regions. Donbass, in the east, has been a battleground since the 2014 revolution in Kiev finally snapped West from East. In this war, propaganda has become the main tool of manipulation, setting some citizens against others. Some locals have become so brainwashed by Russian TV that it appeared they had no opinions of their own, mimicking only what they have heard on TV. They gave their opponents offensive homogenizing nicknames, dehumanizing them so it makes it easier to kill. Youth gangs and armed groups became the main force in the region, seizing administration buildings and setting up checkpoints. Just as they were told on Russian state TV, they believed that a Nazi government, who would soon come to the southeast to kill them, now ruled western Ukraine. At the same time, Ukrainian propaganda was also accusing Donbass of fascism and treachery, using almost same methods to dehumanize separatists. The war in Ukraine has lasted almost a year and ordinary people have been turned into zombies absorbing the flood of propaganda that is designed to continue the war, propagate the criminal laws of the many small warlords on the ground and the hate that was spilled in the air.

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
01 May 2014

People with soviet flags and a portrait of Josef Stalin attend the May demonstration in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday May 1, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
01 May 2014

Pro-Russia protester throws stones towards the procuratorship office that was seized later in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday May 1, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Kramatorsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
03 May 2014

A burning People's Republic of Donetsk checkpoint after Ukraine's troops advanced to the city of Kramatorsk outside Slavyansk, Ukraine, Saturday May 3, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Andreyevka
By Sergey Ponomarev
04 May 2014

Locals build barricades at the village of Andreyevka outside Slavyansk, Ukraine, Sunday May 4, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Lugansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
04 Jun 2014

Relatives and honour guard at the funerals of Alexander Guzai who was killed during the airstrike in Lugansk, Ukraine, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
01 May 2014

Pro-Russia protesters negotiate with police outside the procuratorship office that was seized later in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday May 1, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Slavyansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
25 Apr 2014

A flag of Donetsk Peoples Republic is raised over the barricades outside the airport in Karamtorsk, Ukraine, Friday April 25, 2014. (Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Slavyansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
26 Apr 2014

People attend the funeral ceremony with Sasha Lubenets, 21, who was killed during Ukraine forces attack the check point outside Slavyansk.

With few residents on the streets, the extent of rebel support is hard to measure, and there is a palpable segment of the population that wishes what has happened had not occurred, and that the rebels would fade away.

(Photo Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Slavyansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
08 May 2014

Pro-Russia fighter with shotgun seen at the checkpoint in Slavyansk

Since the rebels pushed out the government here, there is a power vacuum, and the city’s sense of stability had been lost. The city is now surrounded by its country’s own army. A rebel curfew makes the streets terrifying at night, a landscape of jumpy rebel checkpoints and patrols.

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 Apr 2014

Pro-Russian protesters walk along the main street after clashing with pro-Ukrainian activists in Donetsk.

Youth gangs and armed groups became the main force in the region, seizing administration buildings and setting up checkpoints.

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Slavyansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
09 May 2014

Pro-Russia rebel fighters watch TV showing military parade in Moscow as they prepare for their daily routine in Slavyansk.

In this war, propaganda has become the main tool of manipulation, setting some citizens against others. Some locals have become so brainwashed by Russian TV that it appeared they had no opinions of their own, mimicking only what they have heard on TV.

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
30 May 2014

Looters carry goods from the destroyed hypermarket in Donetsk

Marauders looted a Metro Cash & Carry hypermarket located near the Donetsk Airport when management temporarily closed the store for customer and employee safety reasons. Law and order is virtually absent in the city where pro-Russian groups have occupied several government buildings. Many in the police force have either joined the Kremlin-backed movement or have quit.

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 May 2014

Soldier from the pro-Russian Vostok Batallion, fire from pistol to open the locked door as they check the seized administration building in Donetsk

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 Apr 2014

Pro-Russian protesters tear the Ukrainian flag after clashing with pro-Ukrainian rivals in Donetsk

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 Apr 2014

Pro-Russian protester seen injured after the brief clashes with pro-Ukrainian activists in Donetsk

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Slavyansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
26 Apr 2014

People in rebel held city vote during the meeting to form the new rebel city council that they say will allow them to secede from Ukraine and seek a closer relationship with, or even annexation by, Russia.

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Andreyevka
By Sergey Ponomarev
04 May 2014

A kid use his hoodie to play as a masked man at the barricades outside Slavyansk where the fight between local militia and Ukraine troops happened earlier

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Kirovskoye
By Sergey Ponomarev
16 May 2014

Miners at the "Komsomolets Donbasa" coal mine leave the elevating lift after their shift in the town of Kirovskoye.

"It's hard to arouse the miners, but when you do, there will be trouble," said former miner. "If the miners all rise up, it will be an economic, physical and moral blow. It will be hard for everyone."

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Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
01 Jun 2014

Members of pro-Russian Vostok Battalion practice at their training ground in Donetsk.

As the threat of a Russian invasion into eastern Ukraine has declined and appeals for annexation by rebel politicians have gone unanswered, the pace of fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine with both the Kiev government and the separatists trying to seize momentum.

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Lugansk
By Sergey Ponomarev
04 Jun 2014

Honour guard at the funerals of Alexander Guzai who was killed during the airstrike in Lugansk