Editor's Note: The following Kyiv Post article was originally published on Feb. 21, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.
Editor's Note: The following Kyiv Post article was originally published on Feb. 28, 2014, at 12:58 a.m.
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LUHANSK, Ukraine – From 100 feet away, the stench is unbearable. You smell it well before you can see it, the Luhansk morgue, located a mere 50 feet away from where life begins, at a baby hospital.
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian forces and separatist militia carried out another prisoner exchange on Sept. 28.
DONETSK–DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine - When Dmitry and his family returned to Donetsk on Sept. 21, two days after Ukrainian and Kremlin-backed insurgents hashed out the latest cease-fire agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, the city seemed to feel relatively normal again.
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine – The home of Evgeny Gorbachev at 56 Vorovskova St. was reduced to rubble last week when a rocket crashed into it, igniting a fire that that burned down what it didn’t immediately destroy. Luckily, he, his wife and mother made it to the basement before it hit. They heard the incoming volley of shells and had just enough time to seek shelter underground.
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine – On a dusty, pockmarked highway on the southeastern border of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, some 20 scruffy fighters from Ukrainian volunteer battalions stand guard at a newly erected block post, scrutinizing vehicles coming from the separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. License plates beginning with “AH” (Donetsk) and “BB” (Luhansk) are what they are on the lookout for.
The enigmatic former commander of Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has slammed the peace deal hashed out by Ukrainian and separatist representatives and overseen by Russian and European officials in Minsk last week, saying that if the “militants” he once commanded agree to Kyiv’s conditions it would mean “capitulation.”
DONETSK, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, after a meeting with heads of security forces, said that the government has confirmed that Russia recently sent to Ukraine military reinforcements for the insurgents, including 1,200 trained militants and additional armoured vehicles.
"Today, we must consider a new content of military operation under new conditions," Poroshenko said. "Part of these vehicles have been destroyed. Now, measures are being taken to destroy the rest of them. Today, we must regroup our forces. It will ensure the protection of our territory and the continuation of offensive actions of our army."
DONETSK, Ukraine – Rockets struck and killed many civilians fleeing the besieged eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, burning some of them alive inside their cars, the military said on Aug. 18. The exact number of civilians killed is unclear. The government's report of an attack, which took place in an area of heavy fighting near Luhansk, could not be confirmed immediately.
SNIZHNE, Ukraine - The rebel leader in Donetsk has said a column of military hardware is on its way to eastern Ukraine from Russia. Meanwhile, his fighters appeared to bolster their positions on the front lines, where they are fighting pitched battles with government forces in a desperate attempt to hold onto their ever-shrinking territory.
DONETSK, Ukraine – A supporter of Kyiv’s government with a house in Donetsk’s western Hrabari district, Anatoliy spent the past 10 nights sleeping in a cellar not wide enough for him to stretch his arms and legs. His dog, Barsik, alerts him by howling when the shelling begins. They’re less than a mile from the front lines.
DONETSK, Ukraine -- Over the past several days shells have regularly been crashing into buildings in central Donetsk leaving gaping holes in brick facades and shattered windows. At least one person was killed in the shelling and several more have been injured.
DONETSK, Ukraine – Ukraine and the International Committee of the Red Cross will lead a humanitarian convoy supported by the European Union, the United States and Russia to the country's conflict-torn eastern city of Luhansk, according to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry.
KRASNOHORIVKA/MARINKA, Ukraine - Valentina Moskalenko was all smiles beneath her white woven sunhat on Aug. 9 as she described the jubilation she felt when Ukrainian troops rolled in and reclaimed control over the quaint town of Krasnohorivka on the western edge of Donetsk earlier this week.
DONETSK, Ukraine - A humanitarian convoy accompanied by Russian military personnel and military vehicles advanced toward the Ukrainian border with the intention of crossing into the country late on Aug. 8, but it stopped short of the frontier, a senior Ukrainian official has said.
DONETSK, Ukraine - In a surprise move that could shake up the situation in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai, announced his resignation on Aug. 7.