The Siege of Donetsk

Collection with 51 media items created by Jonathan Alpeyrie

Ukraine 20 Aug 2014 09:31

Since the retreat of the pro-Russian separatist forces from Slaviansk and Kramatorsk last May, the rebels have been losing ground against the Ukrainian army. Pushing deeper into rebel-held territory, the army loyal to Kiev has laid siege to the two last remaining major cities still under separatist control: Lugansk and Donetsk. Recently, the city of Lugansk has been completely surrounded and under intense bombardment, forcing the rebels to renew their demand for help to Russia. Donetsk is the largest city in the Donbass region. Before the war, the city had an estimated 1.2 million souls, but less then half are still present within the city limits. Under daily shelling from Ukrainian forces, the remaining population has been finding shelter in cellars and atomic-proof bunkers, some dating back to WWII. In recent days, the government attacks have been more consistent and deadly, targeting downtown and suburb areas alike to demoralise separatist troops defending their stronghold. Most of the locals who have refused to leave are either old, poor, or hopeful that the war will end soon. However, this is an unlikely case, as the Ukrainian army has adopted a strategy of attrition against the determined rebel forces. It is likely that Donetsk will suffer the same fate as Lugansk, with mounting civilian casualties caught in the middle of a war sponsored by the West and Russia alike.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals are taking shelter in bomb proof cellar during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Ukrainian army prisoners of war are being paraded in front of an angry crowd. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's own military parade with their own show. As they parade dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists show their determined stance against the central government.

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Andriivka
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
16 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Andriivka, Donbass, Ukraine. A man who lost his house that very morning due to an artillery shell shows the cellar in which he takes refuge during attacks. The Ukrainian army continues its siege on the separatist bastion of Donetsk as daily shelling lands throughout the city and its surrounding smaller agglomerations. Though most people have escaped the fighting, some have decided to remain to protect homes- a risky decision as shells indiscriminately target both civilians and separatists alike.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A man who lost both of his legs during an artillery attack is taking shelter in the hospital's cellar. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks have taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated as governmental artillery attacks strike one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Refugees who have been forced out of their homes due to shelling wait in line for food at a local university. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Ukrainian army prisoners of war are being paraded in front of an angry crowd. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. As they parade dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists show their determined stance against the central government.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Two young boys bring in supplies to refugees who took shelter in an abandoned university. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A wounded elder is struggling to climb the stair-case out of the hospital's cellar. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks have taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastion in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A family gathers to collect food from a collection point in central Donetsk. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Hundreds have gathered on Lenin Square to celebrate Independence Day. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.

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Uglegorsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 13, 2014, Uglegorsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A woman inspects the damages done to her home after it took a direct hit from artillery fire. Ukrainian forces, aided by artillery and armoured units, have reconquered the small town of Uglegorsk, 40 KM east of Donetsk. After 20 hours of heavy shelling fallowed by an assault, the separatists were driven out with casualties. This gain is bringing the Ukrainian army a step closer to their final prize: Donetsk city.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks have taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
16 Aug 2014

August 17, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A house took a direct hit from an artillery shell and burnt to the ground. More government shelling hit residential areas of the Petrovs'kyi district in Southern Donetsk. This part of Donetsk, close to the front line, has been a regular target for the Ukrainian army as separatists troops are present in this district.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks have taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals whose house was hit by artillery fire are trying to put in out. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A nurse hugging a rebel soldier in front of the hospital that took hits from government shells. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks have taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
11 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A mother and her daughters take a stroll during a lull in the shelling. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A pro-Russian sympathiser is guarding a burned-out wreck destroyed and brought over by rebels for the independence parade. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.

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Uglegorsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 13, 2014, Uglegorsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A local child rides his bike near a bombed out building in central Uglegorsk. Ukrainian forces, aided by artillery and armoured units, have reconquered the small town of Uglegorsk, 40KM east of Donetsk. After 20 hours of heavy shelling fallowed by an assault, the separatists were driven out with casualties. This gain brings the Ukrainian army a step closer to their final prize: Donetsk city.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks have taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
16 Aug 2014

August 17, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals place wooded panels to offer extra protection to a school building that got hit by shells the previous night. More government shelling hit residential areas of the Petrovs'kyi district in Southern Donetsk. This part of Donetsk, close to the front line, has been a regular target for the Ukrainian army as separatist troops are present in this district.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Rebels are showing off destroyed Ukrainian army armour to the public on Lenin Square. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals are waiting for their train out fo Donetsk. Ukrainian government forces continue to shell the city of Donetsk, mostly hitting residential areas where locals and pro-Russian elements are resisting the siege. Both sides have traded accusations when civilians are killed and property damaged or destroyed during regular shelling of the city. It is estimated that a mere 200 thousand people are still present within the city out of the original 1.2 million. Many residents have fled the city using their cars, but today the safest way to escape the siege is the railway.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Ukrainian prisoners of war are being taken away by bus after being paraded on the streets. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. A residential building took a direct hit from Ukrainian artillery. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter is squeezed a little more each day.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Ukrainian army prisoners of war are being paraded in front of an angry crowd. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Local families are sending their children to Crimea, now Russian territory, for safety. Ukrainian government forces continue to shell the city of Donetsk, mostly hitting residential areas where locals and pro-Russian elements are resisting the siege. Both sides have traded accusations when civilians are killed and property damaged or destroyed during regular shelling of the city. It is estimated that a mere 200 thousand people are still present within the city out of the original 1.2 million. Many residents have fled the city using their cars, but today the safest way to escape the siege is the railway.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A nurse is praying for protection after the hospital was hit by government shells. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks had taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
10 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A tied mother rests inside a hospital cellar after it was hit by shells. The past 24 hours have seen an increase in government attacks on the surrounded city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining strongholds still under separatists control. The civilian population has suffered the brunt of the often indiscriminate shelling. Hospitals also have been targeted by government forces, forcing the staff and the sick into cellars.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. An early morning artillery mission landed on a hospital in central Donetsk. Though no one was killed, many wounded from previous attacks had taken refuge in the building's cellar. The siege of Donetsk continues unabated with artillery attacks from government forces striking one of the last remaining pro-Russian bastions in the region.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Refugees who have been forced out of their homes wait for food inside an abandoned university. Kiev forces are closing in on the rebels surrounding Donetsk, thus blocking many of the routes leading in and out of the largest city in the Donbass region. This has prompted the Kremlin to plan a 'humanitarian' convoy to help embattled insurgents. The rebels face regular pressure from Ukrainian army troops present around the city, yet they await a Russian invasion which would allow them to break free from the siege.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Local families are sending their children to Crimea, now Russian territory, for safety. Ukrainian government forces continue to shell the city of Donetsk, mostly hitting residential areas where locals and pro-Russian elements are resisting the siege. Both sides have traded accusations when civilians are killed and property damaged or destroyed during regular shelling of the city. It is estimated that a mere 200 thousand people are still present within the city out of the original 1.2 million. Many residents have fled the city using their cars, but today the safest way to escape the siege is the railway.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
10 Aug 2014

August 11, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A local woman inspects damage done to her home after it was hit by government shells. More shells from the Ukrainian army have hit residential areas of Northern Donetsk near the airport, which is held by government forces. One woman was killed while she was walking near her building. Hundreds of buildings have been damaged so far, mostly in residential area, forcing hundreds of thousands of locals to flee the city into more secure areas throughout Ukraine.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A sick older woman takes refuge inside a hospital cellar, the safest place against government attacks. The past 24 hours have seen an increase in government attacks on the surrounded city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining stronghold still under separatists control. The civilian population has suffered the brunt of these attacks, which target indiscriminately. Hospitals also have been targeted by government forces, forcing the staff and the sick into cellars.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
10 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals comfort each other during heavy shelling. Ukrainian forces present around the rebel held city of Donetsk have increased their artillery and rocket attacks on civilian and separatists positions alike, hitting everything from houses, checkpoints, stores and buildings. The separatists fighters have been losing ground lately against repeated government attacks, forcing the defenders into an ever smaller defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 10, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals take refuge inside a cellar during heavy government shelling nearby. Ukrainian forces present around the rebel-held city of Donetsk have increased their artillery and rocket attacks on the civilian and separatists positions alike, hitting everything from houses, checkpoints, stores and buildings. The separatists fighters have been losing ground lately against repeated government attacks, forcing the defenders into an ever smaller defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

August 17, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A local resident goes down inside a WWII shelter in the Petrovs'kyi district of Southern Donetsk. This part of Donetsk, close to the front line, has been a regular target for the Ukrainian army due to the rampant presence of separatists troops.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A young woman whose house took a direct hit from artillery fire calls relatives to deliver the news. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals discuss their current situation in the stairwell after their building was hit by artillery fire from government forces the previous night. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka, a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter decreases a little more each day.

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Maryanivka
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
19 Aug 2014

August 19, 2014, Maryanivka, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals take shelter during intense shelling nearby. Ukrainian forces are inching closer to the besieged city of Donetsk where thousands of separatists have regrouped to hold one of their last remaining strongholds in the region. South of the city, the agglomeration of Maryanivka has been under intense shelling from government troops loyal to Kiev, killing civilians and soldiers alike and forcing locals to take shelter in cellars around town. This fighting suggests a potential government ground offensive to retake Donetsk.