Ukrainian soldiers guard a roadblock along the highway on April 24, 2014 near Slovyansk, Ukraine. Today Ukrainian forces began to establish roadblocks around the cities of Slovansk and Donetsk, both strongholds of pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine government claims 5 separatists were killed during skirmishes with the Ukrainian army in Slovyansk today.
November 27, 2014. Ruins of Saur-Mogila. A historic battlefield between the German and Russian forces that had become a monument to the Second World War was re-engaged in the summer of 2014 when Russian-backed separatists and the Ukranian Army fought on the same site which sits 277 meters above sea level and provides an excellent military vantage point. Fighting reduced the shrine to rubble. photo: Larry Towell