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UKRAINE. Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Black Days of Ukraine. 

(1) June 23, 2014. A member of the Prizrak (Ghost) brigade on the front line near the city of Lisichansk. The brigade is a separatist infantry unit, formed in 2014.

(2) July 5, 2016. A plane damaged in an artillery attack, in Luhansk.

(3) July 14, 2014. A man inspects damage to a building in the Mirny district of the city of Luhansk.

(4) October 26, 2015. A damaged car in the village of Veseloe.

(5) July 4, 2014. Ivan Ermilov (5), who was killed during shelling in Luhanskaya, lies in his coffin.

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Photographs: Valery Melnikov/Rossia Segodnya

April 24, 1917 - Ukraine Demands Autonomy

Pictured - Ukrainians gather to hear a speech from socialist independence leader Mykhailo Hrushevsky in Kiev.

In an unprecedented act of divisiveness, Ukrainian politicians demanded autonomy within the Russian Empire on April 24, 1917. Their move came in the midst of a total breakdown of Russian military strength: all across the Eastern Front, soldiers were forming military councils, demanding peace, and fraternizing with the enemy. One regiment shot their commander when he refused to remove his shoulder-boards, which denoted higher rank.

In Ukraine, a pro-independence government formed out of a coalition of liberals and socialists. Called the Central Rada, it elected socialist politician Mykhailo Hrushevsky as its president. The speech he gave on April 24 was a rallying cry for all Ukrainians to unite: Ukrainian people! The time has come for your awakening, a new life after a more than 200-year sleep. Such unity would not last, however. During the Russian Civil War, Ukrainians found themselves fighting on countless different sides.