In this excerpt, VICE News travels to Kaisiadorys, Lithuania, where separatist insurgents backed by the fictional country of Udija have seized a government building — all as part of a country-wide military exercise.
In this extra scene, Vice News witnesses a mock uprising of protestors supporting the fictional enemy state of Udija, in an exercise designed to mimic populist uprisings that have defined recent conflicts in Eastern Europe.
VICE News followed the Lithuanian army during Operation Lightning Strike — a four-day wargames exercise. The drill marked the first test of Lithuania’s new 2,500-strong “Rapid Reaction Force,” set up in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.
VICE News embedded with the Lithuanian army during Operation Lightning Strike — a four-day wargames exercise. The drill marked the first test of Lithuania’s new 2,500-strong “Rapid Reaction Force,” set up in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.
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.
In Donetsk, Protestants are being persecuted by Russian Orthodox separatists, forced to conduct their Sunday services in secret. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky investigates.
In the latest dispatch, VICE News traveled to a rebel-held front line outside the village of Shirokino, 20 miles from Mariupol, to speak with DNR troops about what may lie in store for the city, and to find out whether the ceasefire would hold.
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.
In this dispatch, VICE News travels to the village of Chermalyk, where Ukrainian forces are preparing the defense of the city and using volunteer-made drones to gather intelligence on separatist positions.