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February 24, 2015 5 Comments

Mariupol – the next front in the Ukraine war?

Out on the plains, under the immense skies here, you come upon the stark reminders out of nowhere.

No sound but the biting wind of the winter steppe. A crumbling concrete bus shelter by the empty road. You hear a car coming a mile distant out here.


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February 22, 2015 2 Comments

Is cease-fire in Ukraine really non-existent?

I heard the sound of shelling east of the southern port of Mariupol today and there were reports of fighting around Horlivka north of Donetsk.

February 20, 2015 2 Comments

Life in Debaltseve: digging for pasta in the debris

It has been at the centre of intense fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist rebels, but now a more human, tragic story is unfolding on the streets of Debaltseve.

February 19, 2015 3 Comments

Ukrainian troops bitter and angry after Debaltseve falls to rebels

Many Ukrainian soldiers say they feel they have been sold down the river by Kiev and President Poroshenko, as heavy artillery fire continues to rain down on their positions in Debaltseve.

February 18, 2015 1 Comment

Disputed Debaltseve: a ‘ceasefire’ with a soundtrack of shell fire

If the Ukrainians are leaving Debaltseve as they say they are, they are not going quietly. Nor are the rebel guns falling silent.

February 17, 2015 4 Comments

A blinding flash, and his legs were lying on the ground. Unattached

Yuri Koryagin recalls the moment he saw a flash when he was leaving work whilst phoning his mum. Both legs have now been amputated after a shell burst.

February 16, 2015 15 Comments

Bodies, shells and snow in the ruins of Donetsk airport

We walked past the burned-up tail planes of jets on the tarmac. The shell-splashed hangars with torn metal cladding screaming and clanking eerily in the biting wind and snow showers.

February 15, 2015 4 Comments

Some rebel guns may be silent but Ukraine commanders say there is no ceasefire

In the south of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, the distant sound of explosions can be heard. So is the ceasefire truly holding?

February 14, 2015 No Comments

Death rains down on Ukraine as the clock ticks down to midnight

Incredibly, the theatre is still open in Donetsk despite constant shelling. Will the latest ceasefire deal end the carnage?

February 13, 2015 14 Comments

Ukrainians say there’s no end to Putin’s aggression

If reports from the Ukrainian military are credible, President Putin is indeed not stopping. Even as the Minsk talks were grinding along, tanks and missiles reportedly crossed into Ukraine

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