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You're reading: Note to journalists: This is a real war

As Ukrainian fighter jets and helicopters flew overhead, journalists from the Kyiv Post and scores of other news outlets arrived at the airport after hearing rumors of a standoff between rebels and government troops at the airport. Either because of naiveté or misplaced courage, many of these journalists stayed at the front lines, and even embedded themselves with separatist battalions as the situation spiraled out of control. By some miracle, no journalists were injured or killed.

This is no longer a political conflict punctuated by moments of violence. This is war. 

With the Russian-backed Vostok Battalion ostensibly seizing power from amateur separatists on May 29, the situation in eastern Ukraine can be expected to escalate. As these soldiers are not from eastern Ukraine and therefore do not represent the people who live here, they cannot be expected to come to the negotiating table on behalf of eastern Ukrainians; a political resolution to the conflict seems less and less likely. 

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