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How Ukraine's War Became Big Business For the Underworld
VICE News went undercover to investigate how smugglers are profiting from the war in eastern Ukraine as a blockade of separatist territories spawns a black market trade in fuel, food, and medicine.
Fraud Accusations and Chewbacca's Arrest Have Marred Ukraine's Tense Elections
Ukraine's gulf has deepened after local elections appeared to consolidate President Poroshenko’s rule in the west and pro-Russia factions in the east of the country. And some "Star Wars" characters turned up.
Holding the Line for Another DNR Assault: Ukraine's Failed Ceasefire (Part 2)
VICE News traveled across the de facto Ukrainian border to visit a number of Ukrainian positions near the Donetsk international airport, which was seized by pro-Russia separatists in January.
The Holdouts: We Witnessed a Battalion's Final Days on Shyrokyne's Frontline
VICE News was in the village of Shyrokyne, eastern Ukraine, just before it came a "demilitarized zone" and found an atmosphere charged with distrust, doubt, and defiance.