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.
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.
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.
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.
war and conflict
Russian Soldiers Have Given Up Pretending They Are Not Fighting in Ukraine
Russian officials including President Vladimir Putin have repeatedly denied that their soldiers are in Ukraine, arguing that the Russians who are fighting there are all volunteers.
Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: Ukraine's Religious War
In Donetsk, Protestants are being persecuted by Russian Orthodox separatists, forced to conduct their Sunday services in secret. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky investigates.
Russian Roulette (Dispatch 100)
In this dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky explores the strategic significance of Mariupol to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Roulette (Dispatch 99)
In the latest dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky embeds with the Azov Battalion as they prepare for the defense of the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol
Russian Roulette (Dispatch 98)
In the latest dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky attends a beauty pageant for the female fighting contingent of the DNR.
In the Trenches with the DNR: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 97)
In the latest dispatch, VICE News traveled to a rebel-held front line outside the village of Shirokino, 20 miles from Mariupol, to speak with DNR troops about what may lie in store for the city, and to find out whether the ceasefire would hold.
Video Shows Moment of Deadly Explosion at Peace March in Eastern Ukraine
Footage shows a panicked crowd scattering after a large blast caused by a bomb that was tossed out the window of a car in the eastern city of Kharkiv.
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.