Ukrainian Separatists Burry Their Deads

Collection with 32 media items created by Jonathan Alpeyrie

Ukraine 22 Aug 2014 08:59

Working inside Donetsk presents various challenges for photojournalists. One major challenge involves working directly with rebel forces defending one of their last bastions against government forces. Each day their defensive perimeter is shrinking due to constant shelling. Journalists can only work if granted proper accreditation approved by the Donetsk People Republic. In theory, the accreditation allows journalists to work in military areas, though most suspect it is also used to control the information gathered and shared with the world. The following funeral series is both rare and hard to come by, as the rebels never give access to events that show their demise or military loses. In this case, however, we happened to come across a convoy of rebel cars and two armored vehicles, carrying troops and two coffins each. We decided to follow it and try our luck. After a mile, troops from the convoy stopped us, pointed their machine gun at us and demanded to know why we were following them. When we expressed interest in documenting the funeral, they uncharacteristically agreed. After driving another 20 minutes, the convoy reached a small village right on the front lines, as could be deduced by the constant shelling heard whenever government forces are nearby. For one hour, we photographed the entire ceremony, only to be arrested as soon as it ended under the pretext that their faces could be seen in the pictures. Some soldiers forced us in different cars and drove us to their headquarters back in Donetsk, where they forced us to delete all the photos. Though we obeyed, we were able to retrieve all of them once back at the hotel.

Ukraine Donetsk Shelling Military Army Burial Donetsk Peop... Rebel

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. At a burial ceremony, a separatist soldier mourns the loss of a fellow fighter who died in battle against Ukrainian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. At a burial ceremony, separatist soldiers pay their respect for the loss of four fellow fighters who died in battle against Ukrainian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists carry the coffin of one of their fallen soldiers back to his local town and now final resting place.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. The two sisters and fellow soldiers of a fallen separatist fighter arrive at his burial ceremony.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. At a burial ceremony, separatist soldiers mourn the loss of four fellow fighters who died in battle against Ukrainian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatist soldiers carry the coffin of a fallen soldier at his burial ceremony. He was a local from a small village South of Donetsk near the front lines.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatist soldiers comfort each as they mourn the loss of a fellow fighter who died fighting Ukrainian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A priest presides over the burial of four separatist soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives help bury four separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukrainian army forces The soldiers were from a small village South of Donetsk, near the front lines.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists bury four of their soldiers who died fighting against Ukrainian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A priest fills the grave of one of the four separatist fighters.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatist soldiers fire shots in the air to pay tribute at the burial of four fallen fighters who died fighting Ukranian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Soldiers and relatives gather at the grave of a fallen separatist soldier as a priest presides over the ceremony.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatist soldiers stand by during the burial of four of their fellow soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists help in the burial of one of their fallen soldiers as a priest presides over the ceremony.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. The lonely grave of a fallen separatist soldier who died fighting Ukrainian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists carry the coffin of one of their fallen soldiers back to his local town and now final resting place.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists pay their respect at the burial of four of their fallen soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A separatist soldier mourns the loss of a fellow fighter who died fighting Ukrainian forces near the front lines.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives of fallen separatist soldiers held burry their dead as a priest presides over the ceremony.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists pay their respect at the burial of four of their fallen soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives of fallen separatist soldiers held burry their dead as a priest presides over the ceremony.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives help bury four separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukrainian army forces The soldiers were from a small village South of Donetsk, near the front lines.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

August 18, 2014, 20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists participate in the burial ceremony of four of their fallen soldiers.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Soldiers and relatives gather at the grave of a fallen separatist soldier.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists ready the graves of four soldiers who died fighting Ukranian army forces. The soldiers were locals from a small village South of Donetsk near the front lines- now their final resting place.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Two sisters comfort each other at the solemn burial ceremony of their fallen brother, a separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukranian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Two sisters stand before the grave of their fallen brother as his fellow soldiers fire shots in the air as a respectful tribute. Their brother was one of four separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukranian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Two sisters stand before the grave of their fallen brother as his fellow soldiers salute in respect. Their brother was one of four separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukranian army forces.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A priest and fellow soldier prepare the religious ceremony for the burial of four fallen fighters from a local village South of Donetsk, near the front lines.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Relatives help bury four separatist soldiers who died fighting Ukrainian army forces in a small village South of Donetsk, near the front lines.

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Ukrainian Separatists Bury Their Dead...
20KM South of Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Aug 2014

20KM South of Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists pay their respect at the burial of four of their fallen soldiers.