VICE News traveled a winding route littered with twisted metal, abandoned vehicles, and corpses after pro-Russian fighters ambushed Kiev's forces.
The next few days will prove “decisive,” a security source in Kiev told VICE News, as Ukraine accused Russia of overt invasion.
The fierce battle for Novoazovsk raged for a third consecutive day as a fresh bombardment of artillery fire hit the eastern outskirts of the town.
Today the fighting in Ukraine continued to escalate as pro-Russia forces launched an offensive in the southeast of the county.
Today’s celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence Day exposed the ever-deepening divide between the country’s east and west.
The humanitarian aid sparked international outrage Friday as it crossed the border into Ukraine without permission from the authorities in Kiev.
Pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces are battling for control of the east’s second largest city.
The rebel-held city has been without running water, electricity, and telecommunications for nearly three weeks.
A “powerful artillery strike” hit a convoy, which was carrying white flags and under the escort of the Ukrainian army.
Food has again become caught up in the political battlefield in Russia, while Kiev protesters fight to keep their Maiden camp alive.
VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels around Eastern Ukraine to gauge the vibe before voting begins today.