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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists pay their respect at the burial of four of their fallen soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives of fallen separatist soldiers held burry their dead as a priest presides over the ceremony.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists pay their respect at the burial of four of their fallen soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives help bury four separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukrainian army forces in a small village South of Donetsk, near the front lines.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

August 17, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A local resident goes down inside a WWII shelter in the Petrovs'kyi district of Southern Donetsk. This part of Donetsk, close to the front line, has been a regular target for the Ukrainian army due to the rampant presence of separatists troops.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
16 Aug 2014

August 17, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A house took a direct hit from an artillery shell and burnt to the ground. More government shelling hit residential areas of the Petrovs'kyi district in Southern Donetsk. This part of Donetsk, close to the front line, has been a regular target for the Ukrainian army as separatists troops are present in this district.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
16 Aug 2014

August 17, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals place wooded panels to offer extra protection to a school building that got hit by shells the previous night. More government shelling hit residential areas of the Petrovs'kyi district in Southern Donetsk. This part of Donetsk, close to the front line, has been a regular target for the Ukrainian army as separatist troops are present in this district.

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Andriivka
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
16 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Andriivka, Donbass, Ukraine. A man who lost his house that very morning due to an artillery shell shows the cellar in which he takes refuge during attacks. The Ukrainian army continues its siege on the separatist bastion of Donetsk as daily shelling lands throughout the city and its surrounding smaller agglomerations. Though most people have escaped the fighting, some have decided to remain to protect homes- a risky decision as shells indiscriminately target both civilians and separatists alike.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Aug 2014

August 15, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. An old man eats his meal inside a hospital used as a shelter against shelling. Remaining Donetsk residents have taken shelter in underground cellars and bunkers under their buildings or in hospitals to escape daily government and separatist shelling. Government shelling has increased in intensity in recent days, hitting the downtown areas more frequently than in the past two weeks since the siege started. Separatists have been loosing ground against loyalist troops.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals have taken shelter during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Bunk beds where locals have been sleeping inside a bomb-proof shelter. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatists in their fight against government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists rush to warn locals to leave the area after a shell landed near a house, setting it on fire. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastions of separatists fighting against government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals take shelter in a bomb-proof cellar during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals emerging from their shelter during a lull in the fighting. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals are taking shelter in bomb proof cellar during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals whose house was hit by artillery fire are trying to put in out. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A young woman whose house took a direct hit from artillery fire calls relatives to deliver the news. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Uglegorsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 13, 2014, Uglegorsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A woman inspects the damages done to her home after it took a direct hit from artillery fire. Ukrainian forces, aided by artillery and armoured units, have reconquered the small town of Uglegorsk, 40 KM east of Donetsk. After 20 hours of heavy shelling fallowed by an assault, the separatists were driven out with casualties. This gain is bringing the Ukrainian army a step closer to their final prize: Donetsk city.

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Uglegorsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 13, 2014, Uglegorsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A local child rides his bike near a bombed out building in central Uglegorsk. Ukrainian forces, aided by artillery and armoured units, have reconquered the small town of Uglegorsk, 40KM east of Donetsk. After 20 hours of heavy shelling fallowed by an assault, the separatists were driven out with casualties. This gain brings the Ukrainian army a step closer to their final prize: Donetsk city.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A young boy has just received a ration of water melon as part of his daily food intake as a refugee. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Refugees who have been forced out of their homes due to shelling wait in line for food at a local university. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Two young boys bring in supplies to refugees who took shelter in an abandoned university. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A family gathers to collect food from a collection point in central Donetsk. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Refugees who have been forced out of their homes wait for food inside an abandoned university. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
11 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A mother and her daughters take a stroll during a lull in the shelling. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals from the Petrovs'kyi district are repairing damages done to their kitchen after a shell hit their building. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter is squeezed a little more each day.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals discuss their current situation in the stairwell after their building was hit by artillery fire from government forces the previous night. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka, a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter decreases a little more each day.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. A residential building took a direct hit from Ukrainian artillery. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter is squeezed a little more each day.

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Fighting Intensifies in Slavyansk as ...
Slavyansk, Ukraine
By Andrey Borodulin
30 May 2014

The Ukrainian Army has been intensifying its military crackdown on pro-Russian rebels in Slavyansk, Ukraine. 14 Ukrainian Army soldiers were killed, including an army general, when rebels shot down a Ukrainian Army helicopter over the city. As the situation has deteriorated, civilians have been caught in the crossfire and a local psychiatric hospital has been shelled.
Also killed were Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrey Mironov who died when they were hit by mortar fire in Slavyansk.

These photos illustrate the chaos of Slavyansk between May 24-29, 2014. Included in the photos is 65-year-old local woman Olga Prokhorenko, who was killed by shrapnel from a mortar shell. Images also show damage done to civilian infrastructure, including the home of a local Meskhetian Turk, and smoke rising from the area of the downed Ukrainian military helicopter.

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Slavyansk, Ukraine
By Andrey Borodulin
29 May 2014

Yasinov Sanwar, of the minority Meskhetian Turks community, stands in front of his house on the outskirts of Slavyansk that was hit by an artillery shell on the morning of May 29, 2014. His neighbors say the shell was fired from a Ukrainian Army position on nearby Karachun Mountain.

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Slavyansk, Ukraine
By Andrey Borodulin
29 May 2014

The heavily damaged home of Yasinov Sanwar of the minority Meskhetian Turks community on the outskirts of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. Neighbors say the house was hit by an artillery shell fired from a Ukrainian Army position on nearby Karachun Mountain on May 29, 2014.

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Slavyansk, Ukraine
By Andrey Borodulin
29 May 2014

Yasinov Sanwar of the minority Meskhetian Turks community inspects his heavily damaged house on the southeastern outskirts of Slavyansk after it was hit by an artillery shell on May 29, 2014. Neighbors say the shell was fired from a Ukrainian Army position on nearby Karachun Mountain.

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By Andrey Borodulin
29 May 2014

Smoke rising from the wreckage of a Ukrainian Army MI-8 helicopter shot down by pro-Russian militia on the northeastern outskirts of Slavyansk on May 29, 2014. Fourteen soldiers, including a general, were killed.