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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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Update

Quick update, there was an air strike about 1 Km from our hotel. We are heading there today to investigate what was hit and how much damage was done. Will update the blog later today.

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Turmoil

The turmoil continues today, reports of more fighting in Donetsk overnight has resulted in disruption of power  and water supplies. This is a serious humanitarian issue in a city of over a million people. There is blatant and constant shelling by Russia of Amvrosiivka in Donetsk Oblast, reports on the amount of dead and injured…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Last Post

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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