It’s been a once-in-a-generation chance at Russian self-promotion — and both Putin and the Cossacks seem to realize it.
They could do life for their alleged roles in a lengthy gang war that exploded into public view with last May's bloody shootout in Waco, Texas.
The shootout left nine people dead, 18 injured, and more than 170 behind bars.
VICE News watched an hourlong initiation rite where a band of rebels fighting in Eastern Ukraine officially become Cossacks, renowned for centuries for their battlefield prowess.
We talked to biker expert Edward Winterhalder about his reasons for joining a gang 40 years ago and how an argument over a patch turned into a deadly shootout on Sunday in Texas.
Sunday was a bloody day in Waco. Nine people were left dead after turf issues between two rival gangs escalated into full-scale warfare at a Twin Peaks location—and many are condemning the restaurant for hosting them.
Last July, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 innocent people. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to the site of the crash to see how the investigation is going.
On Sunday, recently elected President Petro Poroshenko vowed he would end two months of fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine by the end of the week.
Just a few days after Crimeans overwhelmingly voted in a referendum to join Russia, the crisis across the peninsula has claimed its first life. VICE News's Simon Ostrovsky attends the funeral of the young Tatar man whose body was found this week after...
With Crimea's parliament voting to secede from Ukraine, Russia's blockade of Ukrainian military in the peninsula has moved seaside.
We spoke to a Ukrainian officer as the blockade by Russia of Ukrainian military installations in Crimea continues.
The hardcore nationalists known as the Iron Hundred helped depose hated president Viktor Yanukovych. Now they're ready to fight his former thugs, or even the Russians, if it comes to that.