Crimean Battle Lines

Collection with 25 media items created by George Henton

11 Mar 2014 22:00

In the Kherson region, just to the north of the Crimea and where Russian forces have their northern most front line in Ukraine, the small town of Chonhar sits quietly in the middle.

Separated by 20KM, both the Russians and Ukrainians lines are strengthening and digging in, with heavily armed soldiers and armored vehicles in defensive positions.

In Chonhar, residents are increasingly concerned that the fragile peace could be shattered if ‘provocations’ feared by both sides results in fighting.

Angry at the Russian presence on some of their agricultural land, including the apparent use of mines to protect the Russian lines, a small group of residents from Chonhar and the wider Kherson region walked towards the Russian lines.

At the checkpoint, pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, cocked automatic guns and pointed them at the unarmed group of men, women and children before firing a handgun at the ground in front of them to make them disperse.

An hour later, a group of men claiming to be veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, approached the Russian lines in cars waving the Ukrainian flag resulting in further warning shots as the group massed in front of the guards before turning away.

Both sides say they have no wish for a war, and if the two sides stay where they are, fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces are unlikely, but things remain tense and any incident that leads to fatalities will only heighten the tensions further as Russia continues to tighten it’s grip on Crimea.

Crimea Ukraine Mines Occupation

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

20KM to the north of the Russian checkpoint, Ukrainian forces continue to strengthen their position with armour and heavily armoured troops.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A Protestor from Chonhar walks through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar walk through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Protestors from the small town of Chonhar, positioned in no mans land between Russian and Ukrainian front lines just north of Crimea, stand at bus stop prior to a protest march towards the Russian checkpoint.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A sign warning of mines stands in front of the Russian lines on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

The Russian front line on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A Protestor from Chonhar walks through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar stand behind a trip wire, thought to be connected to signal flares, placed in a field in front of an area marked as a mine field.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar walk through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

A Protestors from Chonhar walks through a field towards Russian lines with a sign complaining about the use of mines on the Russian front lines near their town and asking for Putin to pull out his troops.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

A protestors from Chonhar removes behind a trip wire, thought to be connected to signal flares, placed in a field in front of an area marked as a mine field.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

The Russian front line on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

A protestors holds up a ‘disarmed’ trip wire, thought to be connected to signal flares and placed in a field in front of an area marked as a mine field.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

The Russian front line on a field in Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, point guns at pro Ukrainian protestors from Chonhar before firing a signal warning shot using a handgun at the ground in front of them.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, point guns at pro Ukrainian protestors from Chonhar before firing a signal warning shot using a handgun at the ground in front of them.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

A small fence and recently dug holes along a field in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula. Along the fence, signs warn of mines, apparently laid to protect the Russian armour and troops behind.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, stand guard at a checkpoint on the ‘frontline’ in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar hold Ukrainian flags at a checkpoint in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula, the ‘frontline’ of the Russian presence in Crimea.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Pro Russian gunmen, wearing the uniform of the officially disbanded Berkut, stand guard at a checkpoint on the ‘frontline’ in the Kherson region, jut north of the Crimean peninsula.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

20KM to the north of the Russian checkpoint, Ukrainian forces continue to strengthen their position with armour and heavily armoured troops.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

In the middle of the two lines, the small town of Chonhar sits in no mans land, it’s residents increasingly worried about the growing tensions.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

In the middle of the two lines, the small town of Chonhar sits in no mans land, it’s residents increasingly worried about the growing tensions.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
11 Mar 2014

In the middle of the two lines, the small town of Chonhar sits in no mans land, it’s residents increasingly worried about the growing tensions.

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Crimea, Ukraine
Chonhar
By George Henton
10 Mar 2014

Protestors from Chonhar gather in a field before heading towards Russian front lines through a field towards Russian lines, angry over Russian forces both in Crimea and on their agricultural land in the region of Kherson, just to the north of the Peninsula.