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