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Nikishyne 01
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
16 Apr 2015

Yellow circles warn drivers of unexploded mortars on the road to Nikishyne.

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Nikishyne 05
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Victor carries stones across town in his motorcycle to repair his house.

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Nikishyne 06
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Flowers in a windowsill seem to have survived the devastation left behind in the ongoing conflict.

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Nikishyne 08
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Everywhere you look in Nikishyne, the same panorama persists: destroyed homes of people struggling to rebuild their lives.

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Nikishyne 09
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

A bullet hole in a steel fence was made from the inside, proof that fighters brought the battle into private homes.

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Nikishyne 10
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Clothes left over or people of this house came back. Was totally empty when I was there.

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Nikishyne 11
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

People left many personal belongings behind when they were forced to flee the fighting.

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Nikishyne 13
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

An MRO Russian rocket launcher lies abandoned. The writing on the side reads, "Friends will be friends. Call for assault on Kiev."

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Nikishyne 16
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Dimitri sits in front of his house in Nikishyne.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas Vlach, the emergency coordinator of "People in Need," looks for available materials needed to repair homes.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Dimitri, holds a photo of his house before the conflict destroyed it and most of his posessions.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas lends a helping hand to his neighbour Tatiana, who lost her home in the conflict.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

"They dug a trench and used Tatiana's house as a fighting position. What can we do?" Tomas said.

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Nikishyne 24
Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas collects evidence for "People in Need."

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas helps Victor to move his old motorcycle out of the yard so he can get more sand for Tatiana's repairs.

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The Ukrainian Army's Drone Unit
Pisky
By Yves Choquette
14 Apr 2015

On the 5th of April 2014, we visited a drone camp of the Ukrainian army, situated around 2 kilometres from the front line in Pisky. To spot the enemy (pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass), this special unit counts on drones built by volunteers in a secret base in Dnipropetrovsk. This is the first time that the Ukrainian army accepts that a civillian films their drone operations. Even still, access to sensitive areas of their operations was denied for matters of security. Without the drone, it would be almost impossible for the UKR to pinpoint enemy positions. A serious lack of resources has the Ukrainian army relying on volunteers to operate and maintain this technology, including supplying spare parts and repairing the units.

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Krosnogorovka, Ukraine: The Making of...
Krosnogorovka
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

On April 6 2015, we visited Krasnogorovka with the help of Pastor Vladimir Ivanov, director of the NGO Good News Church. We saw the evident beginning of a serious humanitarian crisis. Since the conflict in Ukraine has destroyed vital infrastructure, many residents now live in unhealthy conditions, surround by mountains of rubbish, with a deficient water system, no windows or electricity.

 Krasnogorovka is a small suburb of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, still controlled by the Ukrainian army. When the city is calm, the population living on the limits of town must remain aware of the presence of snipers only 800 meters away in the separatist zone. Pastor Ivanov goes to Krasnogorovka to bring food, clothes, and a little candy for the kids living in a city that has been left to itself. We saw elderly people starving from having not eat for several days. I even spoke to a mother of three children who has absolutely no income beside the humanitarian aids that the Pastor and other donors are bringing to the town. The photos of this reportage show the living conditions of a population who have already suffered from a war whose end is difficult to predict, and continue to suffer its consequences.

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Krosnogorovka 14
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

A woman from the community is making a petition to be sent to the president explaining the situation and that something must be done now.

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Krosnogorovka 15
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

The elderly are among the most at-risk and feel desperate about situation in Krasnogorovka.

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Krosnogorovka 16
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Another consequence of the war. People look into rubbish bins for basic wares like toys for kids, lamps, etc...

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Krosnogorovka 17
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

it is extremely hard to find a building in good condition in Krasnogorovka. Most of them are in terrible condition like this one, damaged in fighting.

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Krosnogorovka 18
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

A crater from a mortar shell is a reminder of the recent fighting in Krasnogorovka.

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Krosnogorovka 19
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

It is still cold in the city, and many buildings no longer have windows to help keep in the heat.

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Krosnogorovka 20
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Rubbish strewn about the streets leaves an awful odor in the air, and poses the risk of spreading disease if nothing is done before the arrival of summer.

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Krosnogorovka 21
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

A man still live in his nearly-demolished building.

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Krosnogorovka 22
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

As the city dump is an open field, the wind constantly carries plastic bags into tree branches. The area could face an environmental catastrophe in a near future.

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Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

The city dump in Krasnogorovka is all but abandoned, with only small amount of employees coming occasionally to burn rubbish.

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Krosnogorovka 24
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Workers from the city dump refuse to be interviewed.

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Krosnogorovka, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

As we were heading for Krasnogorovka by the main road, we had a bad surpise. The day before, pro-Russian separatists dynamited the bridge in an attempt to isolate the city from the Ukrainian army.

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Krosnogorovka 02
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

A young volunteer at the local protestant church (left) makes free tea for the population. It is still very cold in the morning in Krasnogorovka.

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Krosnogorovka 03
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Pastor Ivanov distributes cookies and chocolate to children coming for his visit.

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Krosnogorovka 04
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

The Kovcheg Protestant church remains unfinished, and now serves as a shelter for the population of Krosnogorovka.

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Krosnogorovka 05
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Pastor Vladimir Priadka of the Kovcheg Protestant church (left) poses in Krasnogorovka with pastor Ivanov.

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Krosnogorovka 06
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Clothes that pastor Ivanov and others brought, are stocked in one room of the church and are distributed to the local population.

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Krosnogorovka 07
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Volunteers help to prepare the hundreds of meals that they are going to serve that day.

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Krosnogorovka 08
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Several old woman were present at the shelter, alone and often silently crying.

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Krosnogorovka 09
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Up to 40 people at a time can sit around the table inside the church.

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Krosnogorovka 10
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Children enjoy what are probably their only real meals for a while, until another generous donor comes with more food.

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Krosnogorovka 11
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

The community center of Krasnogorovka also serve as a shelter.

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Krosnogorovka 12
Pisky, Donetsk Oblast
By Yves Choquette
06 Apr 2015

Serenka, 72, lives in anguish, hoping for help. Like most elderly people in the region, she doesn't receive a pension. She relies only on humanitarian aid for food and clothes.