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First Days

An uneventful week and a half in Kiev, we spent most of our time making contacts and trying to get as much information in the east with mixed results, although it was easier to make contacts than expected our plans were changed due to a spontaneous offensive from the separatists in the east. This made…

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Progress

Been busy the last couple of days, we managed to arrange a translator who is turning out great so far. He has managed to fix us another driver/translator for any trips we need to do and is currently in the process of arranging our passage to a refugee camp in Sedovo. There was, however, a…

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Slow Progress

The refugee camp was the first day that we had with our translator Bogdan, a 19 year old Computer Science student from Mariupol. So far he has worked out great and has been integral to helping find new contacts and is also passionate about what we are trying to do. After finally getting in contact…

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Refugees: The human cost of the conflict in Ukraine

Passing through the Ukrainian security forces checkpoint it becomes all too clear that you are leaving the safety of Mariupol. The checkpoint is peppered with dug in APC’s and tanks, Soldiers solemnly stand in makeshift pillboxes made of sand bags, wood, brick or anything that can provide added protection. Each car is checked thoroughly by…

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Arrangements

This monday after recovering from our antics over the weekend, waiting desperately for another chance to get in contact with the army, our first goal was to ring the public relations officer we had worked so hard on getting a meeting with. However all morning we rang and all morning his phone was switched off,…

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4 Days, many checkpoints.

We awoke groggy eyed at 6am that morning double checked all the equipment and were ready to go by 7am. We had decided to go it alone as our secondary translator dropped out last minute as he was afraid of the situation. Our smiling driver was there on time with a fag in his mouth,…

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Shocking Development

The news that has broken this afternoon whilst we have been focusing on admin and taking advantage of our renewed internet connection has been an extreme shock to the system. What a tragic turn of events, it’s very hard to gauge what will happen next as this in an unprecedented event in modern times. It…

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Crash site – An Unbelievable Situation

After the horrific news of the downing of flight MH17 we were all a little too angry and frustrated to sleep. At 4 in the morning Bohdan received a call from a paper he strings for in Australia saying they would pay all his expenses to get to the crash site. So at 4 am…

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Donetsk offensive

After regrouping for a couple of days, today a full blown battle has broken out in the neighboring town of Donetsk. Ukrainian government sources initially said that the security forces attacking rebel positions were volunteers not under government control but they are now stating that it is a ‘major offensive against the rebels’. It is…

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