Donbass rebels’ Commander “Givi” was assassinated this morning.
“In my battalion all fighters see the current conflict as a continuation of the war against the fascists of 1941-45. My granddad went through that war from Brest to Berlin; another one was severely wounded near Rostov. I will never let their names be dragged through the mud”, he said about his motivation.
He was loved by the rebels as a charismatic commander and strongly hated by Ukrainian soldiers for numerous humiliations of the Ukrainian nationalists.
The United Communist Party of Russia (OKP), New Communist Movement, ROT Front and other supporters of the communist left welcomed a delegation of the Aurora communist women’s collective of Donetsk. After a march through the Russian capital, a rally was held at the Monument to Heroes of the 1905 Revolution.
UKRAINE. Donetsk region. January 20, 2015. Mourners gather around a coffin bearing Artiam, 4, who was killed in a Ukrainian army artillery strike, during his funeral in Kuivisevsky district on the outskirts of Donetsk.
From a little on going series made on the road in (mainly) east Ukraine. Because I almost never have money for drivers I spend a lot of time on busses which are cheap, slow, freezing cold and uncomfortable, and to overcome this I like to take pictures of the world going by. I did this for years, from trains, taxis or buses, mainly for myself to help me find locations later via Google Earth etc, but it became a bit of an obsession. Every window is either tinted, frozen, steamed up or dirty giving a soft painterly effect and strange colours. They are a collection of random, everyday moments inside a ‘conflict zone’. I like them because they are ‘bad’ pictures. They are not pretty - there is almost no control over composition, light, angle etc, but I feel like these fleeting moments reveal something about the time and place they were made. I have hundreds of these…