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The Donetsk People's Republic

VICE News follows the chaotic birth of the DPR as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia.

by VICE Staff
Oct 9 2014, 2:42pm

As an uneasy ceasefire continues to hold in Eastern Ukraine, VICE News returns to Donetsk to follow some of the characters involved in setting up the self-proclaimed state of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

In early April 2014, pro-Russia rebels seized the regional administration building and other key institutions in Donetsk, expelling Ukrainian officials and raising their own flag. The rebellion here—and other incidents elsewhere—quickly escalated into a bloody civil war that has left over 2,000 people dead and displaced more than a million.

Filmed over six weeks, this documentary follows the chaotic birth of the DPR as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia.

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