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Mariupol's Jewish Community 23
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Jun 2015

A local Jewish mother is teaching her young daughter how to enter a bomb shelter in their garden in case of an artillery strike.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 24
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Jun 2015

Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 25
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Jun 2015

A young Jewish girl from the Mariupol community is writing on a board during classes inside the Chabad center.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A few remaining Jewish families still present in the port city of Mariupol allow their children to be taught at the only Chabad center left in the town.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Young members of the Jewish community are learning how to use a computer in a basement inside the Chabad center of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 28
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Teachers from the Chabad center of Mariupol are teaching young ones how to use a computer.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 30
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A group of Jewish teenagers have gathered, as they do each day, in the Chabad center to play piano, and interact.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 29
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A group of teenagers are taking some time off by inspecting the near by destroyed original Synagogue of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 31
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A pair of Jewish girls are having fun inside the remains of the destroyed Synagogue of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 32
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen is reflecting on the idea to one day rebuilt the once proud and only Synagogue of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 33
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen is playing with a tree branch inside the remains of the only Synagogue in Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 34
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen and two teenagers of the community are walking back to the Chabad center.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community Near the ...
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Only a few thousand Jews have remained in the port city of Mariupol. A mere 12 kilometers east of the city, fighting rages between pro-Russian separatists and volunteer battalions struggling to keep the town of Shirokino. The Chabad Lubavitch organization tries to keep track of its members still within the city while providing aim to the numerous Jewish families in need. Volunteers gather each day at the local Chabad center in central Mariupol helping to pack foodstuffs in plastic bags for local Jewish families who have decided to remain in the port city.

Natasha Ralko's windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant. Her kitchen is now heavily damaged. Ralko believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported. Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 10
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Members of the Chabad community are taking a break from packing food produce.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 11
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

A view of a Jewish calendar which shows old photos of the thriving Jewish community before WWI.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 12
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Members of the Jewish community are taking a rest inside the Chabad center of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 13
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

A member of the Chabad community reads from the Tora inside the only Jewish center left in the port city.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 14
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

A local member is writing a note inside the Chabad center of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 15
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

The Rabbi Cohen, and his wife are helping all Jews still living in Mariupol seeking help and council. Though many thousands have fled to safer areas, a mere three thousand are said to have remained within the city.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 16
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen describes the day massive artillery strikes hit the Northern parts of Mariupol, killing dozens in the process.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 17
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 19
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 20
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 21
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 22
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income. Their young daughter is playing in her room which was partly destroyed during an artillery strike.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 04
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

Local Jewish volunteers are preparing food packages for other members of their community still in Mariupol. These packages are filled with various foods necessary for the survival of these families who have decided to remain in the war zone.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 05
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

Volunteers gather each day at the local Chabad center in central Mariupol helping to pack foods in plastic bags for local Jewish families who have decided to remain in the port city, though the fighting is a mere 10 miles away.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 06
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

A young member of the Jewish community is checking his cell phone from inside the only Jewish center left in the city of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 07
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

A local Jewish woman is inspecting the progress made by her peers inside the only Jewish center left, which are provided food packages to families who have remained in the port city.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 08
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

Local members of the Jewish community of Mariupol are gathering food packages from inside the only Jewish center left within the port city.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 09
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

The Chabad center of Mariupol is the only one left of its kind within the port city. Jewish members can go there at anytime to get help, or seek advise.

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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.

Stand up
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.

Stand up
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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Kindergarten shelled in Donetsk despi...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

Kindergarten shelled in Donetsk
Fortunately, there were no children in this kindergarten during the shelling because the parents don’t trust to ceasefire agreement and are keeping their children at home.

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:
Kindergarten staff clears up the rubble after shelling that can be seen throughout the video
The building itself has been damaged, as well as the playground and surrounding area.

Stand up #1
Kindergarten Director interview
(Voice over) “As you can see our equipment is damaged”. There were three volleys.
How they were shooting and what they were shooting at, I have no idea, but they hit our kindergarten.
Where’s the [Donetsk International] airport and where are we? Why us?
I get the feeling that our kindergarten was shelled on purpose.
But how do I know? I just... (crying)
Why is this happening? What the heck is this anyway? I don't know!
We’ve been killing ourselves here.
I’ve worked in this kindergarten for 35 years, and now we have to build it from scratch again.
I really don’t know what we’re going to do now...
And when will this planet of ours finally find peace?
All we want is peace. Just peace. That’s all!
No one’s rich here. We’ve been living on a teacher’s salary all our lives.
And we want peace, not war.

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Ukraine Ceasefire Breached Again
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

Date: September 16, 2014
Location: Donetsk, Ukraine
Length: 3:52
Despite the ceasefire agreement 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 were also hit.
Russia’s Armed Forces are supplying militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, with the latest in Russian military hardware to carry out various provocative actions, including shelling as civilian areas.
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 contradictory opinions.
Story #1
Kindergarten shelled in Donetsk
Fortunately, there were no children in this kindergarten during the shelling because the parents don’t believe the ceasefire agreement and are keeping their children at home.
Shotlist:
Kindergarten staff clears up the rubble after shelling
The building itself has been damaged, as well as the playground and surrounding area.
SOUNDBITE 1
Kindergarten Director
“As you can see our equipment is damaged. There were three volleys. How they were shooting and what they were shooting at, I have no idea, but they hit our kindergarten.
Where’s the [Donetsk International] airport and where are we? Why us?
I get the feeling that our kindergarten was shelled on purpose.
But how do I know? I just... (crying)
Why is this happening? What the heck is this anyway? I don't know!
We’ve been killing ourselves here.
I’ve worked in this kindergarten for 35 years, and now we have to build it from scratch again.
I really don’t know what we’re going to do now...
And when will this planet of ours finally find peace?
All we want is peace. Just peace. That’s all!
No one’s rich here. We’ve been living on a teacher’s salary all our lives.
And we want peace, not war.”
Story #2
Residential areas shelled in Donetsk
This residential district in northern Donetsk has long been a popular battlefield between the Russian Army and Ukraine’s National Guard.
Shotlist:
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.
SOUNDBITE 2
Owner of a private house
(In front of the ruins of his home, he 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.”
Story #3
A Market is shelled at night in Donetsk
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.
Shotlist:
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.
SOUNDBITE 3
Entrepreneur
“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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Volunteers Upgrade Ukrainian Tanks, S...
Sloviansk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 8, 2014
Location: Sloviansk, Ukraine
Length: 3:51

When a shaped charge penetrates the armour of a vehicle, there is a massive build-up of heat that burns through the armour and threatens to kill the crew. Shaped charge protection prevents the round penetrating the vehicle armour and triggers the explosion outside the vehicle, in which case, the vehicle is likely to remain combat ready. A resident of Vinnitsa Oblast, Leonid, organized a team of volunteer welders after seeing his fellow countrymen die in conflict. He lead the team to Sloviansk where they are installing shaped charge protection onto Ukrainian combat vehicles.

Myroslav Gai from Kiev served in the National Guard of Ukraine as a volunteer and took part in the ground action in Sloviansk. After being rotated out, he organised a charity to provide aid to servicemen and refugees. Donations from people around the region have been used to buy the necessary materials for Leonid’s team of welders to manufacture and mount the shaped charge protection. Myroslav and Leonid’s objective is to equip 100 armoured vehicles with the potentially life-saving cage.

Shotlist:
A craftsman cuts the metal bars.
A craftsman takes measurements for the protective screens.
Craftsmen welding.
A craftsman demonstrates the mechanical window in the shaped charge protection.
Craftsmen assemble the shaped charge protection screen.
Craftsmen install the shaped charge protection.

SOUNDBITE 1
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The shaped charge protection screen. In simple terms – it is a metal cage encircling the armoured vehicle, which traps the charge, for example a rocket from a RPG (handheld launcher).”

“An incoming RPG charge explodes and burns out between the cage and main armour. The crew, therefore, survives.”

SOUNDBITE 2
Leonid, professional welder
“After losing some of our fellow countrymen, who burned alive because shaped charges hit their armoured vehicles, we decided to create a shaped charge protection. We did all the designing, manufacturing and testing. The live fire test revealed that the armour on the vehicle stays intact.”

SOUNDBITE 3
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The main thing is that these folks can install the protection in the field. There are not many people who would agree to go to a military base, where military action could start at any time.”

SOUNDBITE 4
Leonid, professional welder
“Every protective cage is being welded independently, after which they are all put together and bolted as a single structure. Afterwards, they are welded strongly to the armoured vehicle.”

SOUNDBITE 5
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“Our target is to fix the protection to as many armoured vehicles as possible, since the Ukrainian army has only a limited quantity of such vehicles and those get destroyed in combat, along with the people in them.”

SOUNDBITE 6
Leonid, professional welder
“In a very short period of time we installed the protection onto seven armoured vehicles. At the same time, we install protective screens and repair the vehicles damaged in action.”

SOUNDBITE 7
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“We have managed to collect significant amounts of money through donations. Only the materials used in manufacturing the protection for one vehicle is 24,000 UAH. Leonid thanks God and will take money only to reimburse the materials. The real costs are paying craftsmen’s hours and transportation, which we can’t afford. Therefore, their assistance is appreciated.”

SOUNDBITE 8
Leonid, professional welder
“I receive many text messages from the army unit for which we installed the protection screens. As a rule, I receive them at night. In the morning, my phone is bursting with the phone calls: ‘Thank you so much, uncle Lyonya. We got entrapped and shelled, but all are alive.’ Such gratitude is the most valuable thing I ever encountered in my life.”

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The Talisman
Krasny Partizan
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 7, 2014
Location: Krasny Partizan near Horlivka, Ukraine
Length: 2:06
Ukrainian volunteers supply National Guards and the Ukrainian Army with all necessary equipment – they collect money for medical supplies, kevlar helmets, body armors, etc.. The equipment is then delivered to the troops on the front line.
Ukrainian soldiers also receive support letters from children from all over the country.
Each envelope also contains a talisman; the Swallow in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine.

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Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Take Over Che...
Gop Jalil
By Stefanos
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Gop Jalil, Mosul, Iraq

Images of Peshmerga soldiers at a checkpoint after they gained controlled the village of Gop Jalil located on Mosul-Irbil road. The new checkpoint is located only 100m from ISIL frontlines.