On the outbreak of the bitter conflict in the Donbass, Zorya Luhansk were forced to leave their war-torn home behind. Now, they are mere days away from playing Manchester United, and making history on the European stage.
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.
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.
In exclusive interviews with commanders, VICE News reveals the extrajudicial killings and atmosphere of Soviet-style paranoia that have subsumed the rebel-held areas in Ukraine.
'The Sky Seemed to Be Raining Fire': We Saw the Aftermath of Massive Weapons Depot Explosion in Ukraine
The small town of Svatovo in eastern Ukraine was bombarded after a fire tore through a facility that housed mortar shells, rockets, and other heavy weaponry.
VICE News journalist Simon Ostrovsky joined On The Line to discuss the latest news on Russia’s international ambitions.
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.
'I Will Go Back as Soon as I Have the Chance': The Spaniards Arrested for Joining Ukraine's Rebels Vow to Keep Fighting
Eight young men now face charges including complicity in murder, the first to be brought in Europe against civilians who have fought in Ukraine.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks aimed at reviving the peace process in eastern Ukraine.