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Ukrainian Army Recovers Its Dead
Debaltsevo
By Viktor Miroshnikov
03 Apr 2016

A team from the Ukrainian Army recovers the remains of a soldier killed in action from a grave in a field near the city of Debaltsevo. The remains are moved to a facility where DNA testing is carried out to determine the soldier’s identity. Once an identity is confirmed the remains are turned over to family members.

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Chernobyl Safety Financial Challenges
Chernobyl
By gzhygalov
27 Feb 2015

REPORT EXAMPLE: Chernobyl Safety Financial Challenges. Work continues to make the Chernobyl site safe. But the conflict in eastern Ukraine has created new financial challenges for the Ukrainian authorities. Austerity measures were introduced due to the conflict in the east.

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Salt mine on Ukrainian Frontline Rema...
Artemivsk, Ukraine
By Chris Collison
18 Feb 2015

As the bloody military conflict in eastern Ukraine drags on, work at the country’s largest salt mine continues, even though it operates just a few kilometers from heavy fighting between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces.

Artemsol, in the town of Soledar in the Donetsk region, employs more than 3,000 local residents. It is the lifeblood of a community that has found itself on the front lines of the violent conflict.

Workers in the mine say they cannot leave because they need their jobs to survive.

The salt mine is facing financial setbacks after Russia blocked imports of its food-grade salt amid the conflict between the two former Soviet republics. Russia’s consumer watchdog has blocked imports of some Ukrainian food products for what it says are safety concerns. Ukraine and foreign observers say Russia is targeting certain industries to punish the Ukrainian economy.

The mine’s general director, Denys Fomenko, says the government-run company is looking for more clients in Europe, but ultimately he hopes Russia will reopen its borders to Artemsol.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has forced many of the Donetsk region’s industries - mostly coal mines - to shut down. But Artemsol has managed to keep running.

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Inside Ukraine's 'Pravy Sektor'
Donetsk, Ukraine
By KatArgo
03 Feb 2015

Near Donetsk, Ukrainian fighters make their home among the wreckage of an old, abandoned home. Now the residential neighborhood had been reduced to frames of brick and rubble, pock marked by the impact of shrapnel. A child’s purple bike, an full-length brass mirror and a green-and-red sled are just some of the abandoned reminders of a life that existed here before the war came to their doorstep.

After a Grad rocket landed nearby, I took shelter in one of these abandoned mansions where the soldiers of the Pravy Sektor have made a home inside the basements. The Pravy Sektor, or the Right Sektor, is largely seen as an ultra-right wing nationalist organization, also having, some say, collaborated with the Nazi regime against the Soviets in WWII.

For security reasons, they requested that their names and identities be kept secret. “It is too dangerous to live on the first, second or third floors,” said a Crimean soldier in his 40’s, “We used to live across the street but that house is now destroyed. You can hear the grads landing all night.”

They have made a comfortable home, with improvised stoves whose pipes cut into the windows and are sealed air tight with silver electrical tape. An old, gas-powered stove sits in one corner, and they manually need to crank open a tank of gas in order to use it.

Along the wall are the flags of Ukraine, Pravy Sektor and the letters of support from young children. Because it is too dangerous to go outside to smoke, many of them huddle around a small garden table that was brought indoors and tap their ash into empty tin cans and ignore the chorus of artillery fire that is just outside.

When I asked if they were Nazis or Nazi sympathizers, a soldier from Crimea who had previously been a member of the Aidar battalion, laughed and screamed “Hitler kaput! Like Putin kaput!”
Many, it seems were apolitical, and their only uniting conviction was the need to stop Russia from turning the whole of Ukraine into Crimea.

A soldier in his fifties had once served in the Soviet Army. He was a painter, doing metalwork for a museum in Crimea. He studies and practices Zen Buddhism, dreams of being in a monastery in Thailand after the war is over, and says that though he is generally a pacifist, the events and the current state of Crimea convinced him that there was a need to fight.

“It is horrible in Crimea now,” he says, “The friends I left behind there tell me they are horrified.”
I asked them if they truly hated Russians, and a young man who looked to be in his late twenties laughed, “No we do not hate Russians. It is Russian policies we are against. I was born in Russian. I am Russian. There are others like me here.”

After I asked them my questions, one of their young team leaders in his late twenties looked at me and asked me, as an American, why my country did not help Ukraine against the Russian “terrorists”. I had no answer.

“Men are dying in this war, and still, no one helps,” he says, exacerbated.

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Donetsk Shelled Allegedly by Pro-Russ...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
03 Feb 2015

Footage showing Donetsk residential districts allegedly shelled by pro-Russia rebels artillery on February 3, 2015.

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Refugee Children Celebrate St. Nichol...
Kiev, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
17 Dec 2014

This winter not every Ukrainian child will be waking up in his own bed, in his own home, or in his own city on the morning of St. Nicholas. The war in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts has caused the displacement of more than 500 thousand Ukrainians. Thousands of families have fled eastern Ukraine to save their lives. Government agencies are unprepared to handle such great numbers of internal refugees requiring social services that include housing aid, food aid, and psychological therapy plus incorporating those people into the job market. Volunteer and civic organizations as well as the organized initiatives of the refugees themselves are most effective in solving the above mentioned problems.

On December 17th, 19 volunteers from Kyiv with the support and assistance of concerned Europeans and members of the German Lutheran Church, arranged a St. Nicholas Day celebration for more than 100 children from Eastern Ukraine.

St. Nicholas Day is a holiday the whole world knows. Like children everywhere, children in Ukraine wait for it impatiently every year. The way the holiday is celebrated in Ukraine can differ from region to region and from family to family. It can include going to church for a prayer service. It can include kids painstakingly writing perfectly formulated letters that include a catalog of flawless behavior in the past year and requests for desired gifts.

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Russian Gasoline Tankers Arrive in Do...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Nov 2014

Russian gasoline tankers marked 'огнеопасно' (flammable) in Russian arrive to Donetsk, reportedly to provide fuel to pro-Russia separatists. 'вогненебезпечно' is the word for flammable in Ukrainian, used to designate vehicles transporting flammable liquids.

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This Ukrainian Story
Desna, Kiev
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

During the Ukranian Uprising in 2013 a group called Pravi Sector gained recognition for their bravery and violence against Viktor Yanukovich's riot police. Now they are a parallel militia that fights against insurgency in eastern Ukraine. They only count on donations from supporters and have few training camps. This collection portraits a training unit in Desna, north of Kiev.

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Pravi sector camp 01
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Path to the training camp during the autumn.

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Pravi sector camp 08
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Warriors getting ready for another day of disciplinary training. They also did one minute of silence as the previous day they found out that two of their partners have died on the front line.

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Pravi sector camp 10
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Most days the meal consists of buckwheat and tea. In the lucky days they also get a can of tuna.

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Pravi sector camp 12
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

A machine is leveling the terrain for tank training.

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Pravi sector camp 13
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

A team get ready to assault a building as part of a training. All guns are airsoft guns.

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Pravi sector camp 14
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

A team parcticing assault during training.

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Pravi sector camp 15
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
05 Oct 2014

Tanchik - codename - guides his team on an assault training mission.

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Pravi sector camp 02
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Viktor Yanukovich's picture is framed in the toilet's door of the training camp.

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Pravi sector camp 03
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Commander Berkut poses for a portrait.

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Pravi sector camp 04
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Dormitory of the training warriors - as they called themselves.

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Pravi sector camp 05
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Pravi Sector warriors doing military training.

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Pravi sector camp 06
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Pravi Sector warriors doing military training.

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Pravi sector camp 07
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Two warriors looking at Ukraine's map

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Pravi sector camp 11
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

The place where all warriors have their meals.

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Pravi sector camp 16
Desna
By Felipe Paiva
04 Oct 2014

Portrait of Mary - Codename. They all use codenames as they are part of a parallel army.
Most volunteers are man, however some women train and fight along Pravi Sector.

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Donetsk Chemical Plant Is Under Attac...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
19 Sep 2014

Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas, buildings and strategic objects such as airport, railway station, chemical plant also being hit.
Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.
Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

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Market after a night of shelling in D...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

With most grocery stores shut down, this market was the main source of both food and income for many residents of Donetsk.
The market is only about three miles away from Donetsk International Airport, where fierce fighting has been going on for a long time.

Background
Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas and buildings such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals and supermarkets are also being hit.

Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.

Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

Shot list:
Damaged and completely burned market building.
This building is completely destroyed and it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to restore it now.
Local residents help remove the rubble from the previous night’s shelling.

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Entrepreneur (personal opinion)
(Voice over) The most interesting thing is that I was the only one who managed to jump out. You can say that Ukrainians are fighting Ukrainians.
Back then it was one country (i.e., the Soviet Union), and now it’s something not understandable (i.e., Ukraine).
Now we’re killing each other.
This is just your typical civilian war.

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Residential areas shelled in Donetsk ...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

This residential district in northern Donetsk has long been a popular battlefield between the Russian Army and Ukraine’s National Guard.

Background
Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas and buildings such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals and supermarkets are also being hit.

Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.

Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

Shot list:
Damaged high-rise apartment buildings after artillery shelling.
Traces of falling shells can be seen on the walls of these buildings.
The area around the buildings has traces of multiple explosions.

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Owner of a private house interwiev (in front of the ruins of his home talks about shelling the previous night)
Earlier the shelling went only in one direction but now the direction is hard to figure out .
Shells and rockets are coming from all sides now.
There was smoke right at the corner of my house.
Let me tell you, just in the last three weeks, five shells have hit our house alone.
You can see that there’s nothing left now.
Otherwise, they just shell everywhere.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
East Ukraine
By Gianuca Panella
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry, in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head. Biloslavo and Lesevre also interviewed 46 year old Gaston Besson from France who says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
By laura.lesevre
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

This 11:26 minutes video story includes footage of the Azov Battalion training and fighting against pro-Russia separatists. It also include interviews with an Italian and a Russian volunteer fighter. It also includes an interview with Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper.

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Malaysian Passenger Plane Shot Down O...
Gravobo
By Elbaba
18 Jul 2014

July 18, 2014
Eastern Ukraine

A Malaysian passenger plane, was shot down over a pro-Russian separatist-held area, east of Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government argued about who was behind the surface-to-air missile that downed the Malaysian aeroplane. There were 280 passengers and 15 crew members aboard the flight. There were no survivors.

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By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

A volunteer fighter wearing the t-shirt with the emblem of the Azov Battalion. The battalion is under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry.

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The Black Men 9
By laura.lesevre
20 Jun 2014

46 year old Gaston Besson from France says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Volunteer fighters from the Azov battalion during urban warfare training.

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The Black Men 11
By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Francesco F, an Italian volunteer fighter in the Azav battalion's base in Berdyansk.

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The Black Men 15
By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

An armed member of the Azov Battalion at a check point near Berdyansk in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
18 Jun 2014

Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head.

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The Black Men 13
By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Members of the Azov battalion in their base in Eastern Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Francesco F. an Italian volunteer fighter with the Azav battalion during training. Francesco gave up his life as a manager in order to fight alongside Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine.

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By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

A member of the Azav battalion. All fighters wear masks to cover their faces for fear of reprisals.

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The Black Men 1
By laura.lesevre
17 Jun 2014

Fighters from the Azav battalion resting on the grass.