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So we have come to the end of our time in Ukraine. It has been an extraordinary experience. We have seen humanity at it’s worst and at it’s best. Either way we feel privileged to have been here and in some way help to portray the impact this conflict has had on the people of…

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Return to Mariupol

After finally finishing up the last of our interviews, we headed for the train station (With Joe in tow) to catch our train to Mariupol. Smokey Joe (he loves to smoke) had extended his flight in order to come with us and see if he could get some good photos. We were lucky to get…

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Volunteers,Patriotism and Independence.

We arrived in Kiev on independence day, unfortunately missing the big military parade but still experiencing some of the festivities. The streets were lined with people clothed in traditional garb chanting Slava Ukrayini! Heroyam slava! (Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!). People of all ages thronged the streets chanting and waving flags in patriotic fervour, it…

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Fines and Beach times

Due to the increase in shelling and general unpredictability we decided it was time to leave Donetsk. Fortunately our friend Max was heading to the coastal town of Berdyans’k in Ukrainian territory and had agreed to take us with him. This was a relief as due to damage at the train station, buses were the…

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Damage and Patriots

Following our visit to the training centre we were told by our friend Nastya of a house near her’s that was bombed the previous evening, apparently that nights bombing had been pretty severe and the last barrage had damaged several houses near where she lived. We found the correct bus and headed out to Nastya’s…

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Military Camps and Shooting Ranges

We were picked up first thing in the morning by Katya and Guido, the taxi was taking us to a rebel training base not far from the centre of Donetsk. As we arrived at what had formerly been a cadet training academy for the Ukrainian security forces, we realized that it was nestled in a densely populated civilian area. Locals chatted amicably with the rebel soldiers…

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Donetsk: Now an ATM free city

The ATM’s in Donetsk finally failed, we spent 2 days trying to find a working cash point, but to no avail. The first day we walked around every bank in the centre even finding one that paid out to the man before us but our cards did not function. After that fruitless day we met…

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From tea to checkpoints.

The day following the refugee centre We had an interview lined up with a Doctor who had been working in Slaviansk during the rebel occupation and subsequent Ukrainian liberation. He had been very cautious about the interview and insisted we send him a copy of our questions so that he could look them over. We…

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A closer look.

We thought there was more to be found at the refugee centre so decided to go there the following day as many people seemed desperate to share their stories. It had been the heaviest and most continuous bombardment of the city we had experienced so far, starting early in the morning and continuing throughout the…

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