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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.

Via Dmytriy Kovalevich

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Life on the frontline of Ukraine’s war — The Economist (07/04/2017)

War has raged in eastern Ukraine for the past three years between Ukraine’s army and Russian-backed separatists. Two residents discuss how they live their lives under a constant fear of shelling and whether they see an end in sight to fighting.

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April 6, 2014: Rebelling against the coup in Kiev, Ukraine, antifascists seized control of the headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Donetsk and Lugansk and the Regional Administration buildings in Kharkov and Donetsk. 

This was only a week before the declaration of the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” by the U.S.-backed far-right junta in Kiev. Ukraine’s war continues to this day, costing at least 10,000 lives, mass displacement of refugees, thousands of political opponents imprisoned or driven into exile, and the separation of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

UKRAINE. Donetsk. September 10, 2015. Black Days Of Ukraine. A youth handles a gun. The conflict in the region gave rise to a patriotic youth movement. A youth club set up by separatist authorities in Donetsk glorifies the Soviet past and aims to develop the newly declared republic.

Long-Term Projects, First Prize at the 2017 World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Valery Melnikov/Rossia Segodnya