Unrest in Ukraine
After the annexation of Crimea in March, pro-russian protesters started to occupy government buildings in the eastern cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv. They were calling for a referendum on independence. Russian troops started to gather on the Ukrainian border. Ukraine's acting President, Olexander Turchynov, announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists in the east. Two months later the situation escalated to a full scale conflict with casualties on both sides and large civilian losses.
Soldiers from the Vostok Battalion changing their shift at a checkpoint just outside Donetsk
Abandoned barricade in town of Druzhkivka on the road to Slavyansk.
Pro-Russian soldier prays at a checkpoint in Slavyansk.
A torn pro Ukrainian poster in Luhansk
Pro Donbass rally in the center of Donetsk
Pro Donbass rally on the streets of Donetsk
A man with a Lenin poster sign waiting for the bus in Donetsk
President of the Self Proclaimed Independent Republic of Novorossia Denis Pushilin talking on the phone in the company of his guards near the hospital morgue in Donetsk.
A girl playing beside a Pro-Russian transport truck demolished by the Ukrainian army.
A body of a taxi driver killed by a stray sniper bullet during the battle for the Donetsk airport.
Pro-Russian fighers in Siemianovka
A man watching a hole in the children's hospital building wall made by a mortar shelling
Ukrainian military unit taken by the Pro-Russian fighters after a heavy fighting in Lugansk
Bodies of Pro-Russian mercenaries killed in the fights in Donetsk are being prepared to be transported into Russia.
A group of people praying beside the regional administration building taken by the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic)
The Vostock Battallion in front of the regional administration building taken by the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic)
Ukrainian soldiers hiding behind a barricade somewhere near Slavyansk
A Pro-Russian vehicle rushing through the barricades during heavy fighting in Semianovka
A Pro-Russian fighter in Semianovka
A mark on the road from Semienovka to Slovyansk made by a mortar with a shepherd and a headless lamb garden figures humorously arranged by the Pro-Russian separatist.
A nurse looking through a hole in the children's hospital building wall made by a mortar shelling
A man escaping into a ventilation hole in the middle of the street in Slavyansk during a mortar shelling
A block of flats just after a mortar shelling in Slavyansk.
Journalist from a Belarusian Tv station and local residents hide in the basement during a mortar shelling in Siemianowka.
A view from a window in a flat in Slavyansk after the exchange of fire between Pro-Russian separatist and the Ukrainian army.
A little girl hiding into a block a flats in the center of Slavyansk
A pro-Russian fighter at a checkpoint in the center of Slavyansk
Bullet holes in the train station building in Slavyansk
Residents of one the block of flats in Slavyansk preparing to spend the night in the basement hiding from the night mortar shelling
A Pro-Russian separatist at a checkpoint just outside Donetsk
Coffins waiting outside the hospital morgue for the bodies of Pro-Russian mercenaries killed during heavy fights in Donetsk.
A Pro-Russian separatis plundering the premises of a Ukrainian military unit taken by the Pro-Russians after a heavy fights in Lugansk
Signs of heavy fighting inside a Ukrainian military unit taken by the Pro-Russians in Lugansk
Burnt down gatehouse of a military unit taken by the Pro-Russians in Lugansk
A burial of a Ukrainian soldier Aleksandr Petrovich Shkvyrin killed in the fights in Luhansk
A Pro-Russian fighter inside the separatist headquarters in a abandoned hospital in Semianovka
A burial ceremony of a Ukrainian soldier Aleksandr Petrovich Shkvyrin killed in the fights in Luhansk
A Pro-Russian fighter guards the premises of the separatist headquarters in a abandoned hospital in Semianovka
A young girl on the last day of school poses for the picture taken by her father in front of the regional administration building taken by the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic)
"Russia" sighn painted on the front wall of the regional administration building taken by the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic).