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Inside the Donetsk People's Republic, the area of Ukraine ruled by rebels

This segment originally aired Dec. 19, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

The simmering war in east Ukraine saw a large-scale escalation last weekend, with five Ukrainian soldiers killed and more than 20 wounded, after separatist militants tried to take over army positions.

Separatist forces backed by Russia have been clashing with Ukrainian military since 2014, and the fighting on the front lines picked up last week. Jake Hanrahan visited the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) to see how the breakaway region is trying to establish government.