Donbas

war and conflict

When War Becomes Routine: A Week with Ukraine’s Weary-Eyed Soldiers

VICE News embedded with the Ukrainian army as they marked two years since war took over the east of their country, to document how they are surviving a conflict mostly forgotten by the outside world.
Jack Losh
4.27.16
war and conflict

Fictional Little Green Men Seize Lithuanian Town (Excerpt from 'The Russians Are Coming: Lithuania)

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.
VICE News
7.3.15
russia

Mock Invasion By The State Of Udija (Extra Scene from ‘The Russians Are Coming: Lithuania')

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
6.26.15
russia

The Russians Are Coming: Lithuania's Operation Lightning Strike

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
6.12.15
Europe

The Russians Are Coming: Lithuania's Operation Lightning Strike (Trailer)

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.
VICE News
6.10.15
war and conflict

Ukraine Releases Video to Prove Its Claimed Capture of Two Russian 'Special Forces'

The two alleged Russian troops that were captured over the weekend refused to be sedated during medical treatment out of fear that Ukrainian doctors would harvest their organs.
Liz Fields
5.18.15
ukraine

Beauty Amid the Chaos: The Donetsk Opera Offers Relief to a City in the Grip of War

Residents of the rebel-held city flock to the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater on weekends in search of respite from the reality of life within a conflict zone.
Tommy Trenchard
4.30.15
Russian Roulette

Food Crisis in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 103)

Deliveries of food bound for separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine aren’t making it past Ukrainian checkpoints. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels to the front lines in the Donbas to gauge the seriousness of the growing food crisis.
VICE News
4.2.15
Russian Roulette

Volunteer Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 102)

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.
VICE News
3.18.15
Russian Roulette

Flying Drones with the Dnipro Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 93)

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.
VICE News
2.15.15
ukraine

'This Is Meant to Be My Childhood': Life Inside One of Donetsk's Claustrophobic Underground Bomb Shelters

VICE News spent time with the inhabitants of an overcrowded makeshift bomb shelter in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where people are sleeping four to a bed and privacy is a luxury.
Harriet Salem
2.9.15
ukraine

'People Live Here. Don’t Shoot': The Atmosphere Darkens as Divisions Deepen in Eastern Ukraine

VICE News reports from Donetsk, where humanitarian conditions are getting worse as essential food and medical supplies become increasingly scarce.
Harriet Salem
1.29.15
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