The conflict in Donetsk quickly became a flashpoint for what has escalated into Ukraine's civil war, which has left thousands dead and an estimated 1.5 million displaced.
In this dispatch, VICE News travelled to Pisky, a village in ruins, to meet the soldiers and volunteers defending the village from daily DNR attacks.
In this dispatch, VICE News travels to Debaltseve to meet some civilians hoping to evacuate the war-ravaged town, and others who are forced to stay in the city without water, gas, or electricity.
In this dispatch, VICE News travels to a front line position for the Ukrainian army, as soldiers prepare for the much talked-about DNR offensive.
Despite several "peace talks" held by politicians, people are still dying in eastern Ukraine and death toll for the whole conflict has now passed 4,300 victims.
After Ukraine's military recaptured Sloviansk, VICE News visited some of the former rebel checkpoints surrounding the city, interviewed a pro-Russia rebel in Donetsk, and went to a "peace rally" where the People's Republic of Donetsk proclaimed that...
VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled around the outskirts of the city and visited several checkpoints where soldiers were preparing for what's to come.
Dozens are dead.