All photos by Larry Towell/MAGNUM Photos
East Ukraine has heated up again lately: Peace talks have faltered, and a pro-Russia separatist leader has vowed to put together 100,000 troops to fight the Kiev government. Meanwhile, civilians are increasingly at risk of being squeezed between the sides—a VICE News look at conditions in the "so-called Donetsk and Luhansk 'People's Republics'" found nothing good to report.
"Crossing from government-controlled to rebel-held areas in Ukraine's war-torn east is a process that can now take days," wrote Harriet Salem last week. "With a fresh round of fighting flaring all along the frontier, the roads in and out are often sealed for hours at a time; earlier this month a public bus was hit by Grad rocket fire at a checkpoint in Volnovakha, killing 12 people onboard."
Dealing with such grim circumstances has sadly become routine for many residents of Donetsk, where rebels have been clashing with government troops for months. Magnum photographer Larry Towell, a Canadian who has covered conflict from Nicaragua to Israel, was there in November and December, documenting how everyday people in the area are dealing with war and the suffering and destruction it brings.