Russian servicemen are posting photos of their country's military intervention in Ukraine to social media, and we followed one of them to verify just how readily apparent Russia’s role in the fighting really is.
Russian officials including President Vladimir Putin have repeatedly denied that their soldiers are in Ukraine, arguing that the Russians who are fighting there are all volunteers.
VICE News traveled to eastern Ukraine to meet volunteer fighters from Spain, Brazil, Serbia, and France, to find out what inspired them to take up arms and risk their lives on front lines with the DNR.
In the latest 'Russian Roulette,' VICE News travels to Debaltseve a few days after its fall to the DNR to speak to some of the civilians slowly returning to a town that now lies in ruins and without basic amenities.
Footage shows a panicked crowd scattering after a large blast caused by a bomb that was tossed out the window of a car in the eastern city of Kharkiv.
'The Nightmare of Debaltseve Will Be with Them for Life': Rebel Flag Raised as Ukrainian Soldiers Withdraw
Ukraine's president tried to cast Wednesday’s retreat in a positive light, calling it “orderly,” “pre-planned,” and reporting only six casualties. Yet reports from the ground tell a very different story.
President Petro Poroshenko denied claims that forces were forced to withdraw after they were encircled by pro-Russia rebels, as foreign powers warned that the separatists were in violation of the latest ceasefire agreement.
VICE News crossed into the DNR-held territory of Uglegorsk on the eve of the February 15 ceasefire to speak with soldiers and residents about the prospect of a truce.
Thousands of Ukrainian troops remain trapped in Debaltseve, which some soldiers have compared to the bloody WWII battle of Stalingrad.
Separatists that have encircled the strategic town of Debaltseve have reportedly said the truce that was declared Sunday does not apply to them.