DONETSK, Ukraine - It took nearly five days and hours of negotiations late into the night, but Russia-backed rebels ceded some ground and turned over the flight recorder devices from Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down by a surface-to-air rocket last week, to Malaysian officials.
DONETSK, Ukraine – Heavy fighting broke out in this regional capital on July 21, with Ukrainian government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels exchanging artillery fire within city limits. Shells that exploded near a residential complex killed at least three civilians and injured one more, eyewitnesses told the Kyiv Post.
TOREZ, Ukraine - After more than two days exposed to the elements in the fields where they met their death, the corpses of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 passengers have been bagged and loaded into three refrigerated train cars for safe keeping.
GRABOVE, Donetsk Oblast - More than two days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was purportedly shot down by a surface-to-air rocket in war-torn eastern Ukraine, international experts remain absent from the crash site, blocked by Kremlin-backed separatist gunmen.
MARINKA, Ukraine – For three straight days, rockets have bombarded the quiet residential Petrovskyi district on the southwestern edge of Donetsk and the neighboring town of Mariinka, reducing apartment blocks, supermarkets, vehicles and a kindergarten to scorched rubble and killing at least six civilians.
SLOVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine – Finally free from the clutches of Russian-backed separatists who abducted her, Hanna, a pro-Ukraine activist from Donetsk, tells a dispiriting tale.
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine - The regional Security Service of Ukraine headquarters, the command center for Kremlin-backed insurgents before they fled Sloviansk on June 5, was also known as a prison where hostages were kept and beaten. Seized documents, however, show that the SBU building may also have served as the the place for secret trials and orders to execute at least three prisoners.
DONETSK, Ukraine -- As everyday life returns in recaptured cities of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, Ukraine's eyes -- and military -- have shifted their focus to Donetsk and Luhansk, provincial capitals with 1.5 million residents who remain under the control of Kremlin-backed separatists.
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine – For 45 years, Tamara Fyodorovna has called Sloviansk home. During that time it had been “a peaceful city” of 120,000 people in Donetsk Oblast. Everything changed in April, when it became the focal point of Ukraine’s anti-terrorist operation against Russia-backed separatists who had garrisoned in the city.
As government troops pushed pro-Russian separatists out of their strongholds in eastern Ukraine on July 5, the nation's leaders grew more optimistic about the near-term prospects of the anti-terrorist operation.
Ukraine won a decisive victory in its war-torn east on Saturday, when pro-Russia rebels fled their stronghold of Sloviansk after a week of heavy bombardment by government forces.
DOVZHANSKIY BORDER CROSSING, Ukraine – Dozens of spent bullet casings are strewn across pavement scarred by the tracks of armored vehicles. A café and an auto body shop are blown to bits, their bricks and mortar reduced to rubble. The letters that make up the name of this country – Ukraine – are hanging by a thread from atop the Dovzhanskiy border crossing on the frontier with Russia in far eastern Luhansk Oblast.
DOVZHANSKIY, Ukraine – Dozens of spent bullet cartridges strewn across pavement scarred by the tracks of armored vehicles. A café and auto body shop blown to bits, their bricks and mortar reduced to rubble. The letters that make up the name of this country – Ukraine – hanging by a thread from atop the Dovzhanskiy border crossing here on the frontier with Russia in far eastern Luhansk Oblast
DONETSK, Ukraine -– Fighting escalated in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko declared the end of a unilateral ceasefire and relaunched a military campaign to reclaim its territory from pro-Russian separatists.
DONETSK, Ukraine – New battles raged in Ukraine’s east on July 1 as President Petro Poroshenko announced the end of a shaky 10-day ceasefire and said a new “active phase” of the government’s “anti-terrorist operation” would restart to quash pro-Russian separatists.
DONETSK, Ukraine – On a bench in a courtyard shaded by large poplars, Tanya takes a long drag of her skinny cigarette and pauses as she holds the smoke in her lungs. Then, enunciating each word slowly with the exhale, she tells me: “They took him.”
DONETSK, Ukraine - Russia's state-owned Channel One news said on June 30 that its cameraman was fatally wounded while on assignment overnight in Donetsk, the fifth journalist to be killed while reporting on the conflict that has ravaged eastern Ukraine since April.
Editor’s Note: This investigation was
conducted by the Objective investigative reporting project in Ukraine, Belarus
and Moldova. The program is financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Denmark, and implemented by a joint venture between NIRAS and BBC
DONETSK, Ukraine - The four members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission abducted on May 29 in Severdonetsk, Luhansk Oblast were set free by their separatist captors late on June 28 after one month in detention.
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian insurgents early on June 27 released four of eight Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers held hostage for more than a month in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported.