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April 16, 2014 2 Comments

Bread not bullets: Ukraine’s locals and soldiers against war

As we saw the crowds gathering round the Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers parked near the railway tracks in Kramatorsk we thought we might encounter a hostile crowd.

But in fact the atmosphere was peaceful. “We don’t want war” said a man called Ruslan who spoke English. “That’s why we don’t want them to come into the town.”

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April 15, 2014 5 Comments

‘We don’t accept Ukraine’s government – it’s not legitimate’

Lindsey Hilsum travels through the farmlands outside Donetsk with a convoy of pro-Russian separatists, as they move to confront a group of Ukrainian army soldiers.

April 14, 2014 No Comments

Telling the truth in Ukraine’s land of mirrors

Both sides in the Ukraine crisis want the world to hear their version of the truth. But it’s not easy when the gulf between word and deed is so great.

April 7, 2014 No Comments

Memories of horror and guilt after Rwanda’s genocide

Lindsey Hilsum was living in the Rwandan capital when the killings began – but it was not before hundreds of thousands of lives were lost that she realised she was witnessing genocide.

March 31, 2014 3 Comments

Syria’s war: no one controls the castle forever

The Islamist rebels who have been occupying the Crac des Chevaliers crusader castle near Homs probably didn’t spend much time contemplating the irony of it all.

March 29, 2014 1 Comment

Defiance and desperation inside the siege of Douma

Rebel fighters in besieged Douma say they will never surrender. But conditions for civilians are becoming desperate.

March 16, 2014 1 Comment

Guns, gangsters and girls – a referendum night Crimean style

“I came downstairs with no problem, but our producer was shoved back into her room on the 4th floor, pistol to her neck, by a man in black. “

March 13, 2014 3 Comments

Ghosts of history haunt Crimea ahead of referendum

Hundreds of Crimeans queued at banks today, fearing that after Sunday’s referendum on rejoining Russia they won’t have access to their savings.

March 10, 2014 9 Comments

Bullets and potholes at the birth of Crimea’s new army

It wasn’t the best venue for the birth of the new Crimean army – but if you leave one country and join another in less than a month, you have to get on with it as best you can.

March 9, 2014 9 Comments

Crimea’s Tatars: fearing a return to Stalin-era terror

The soldiers came at midnight when the children were sleeping. Sabrie, who was ten, struggled to stay awake as her mother grabbed her little sister and two brothers.

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