Ukraine: three years of failed peace

Collection with 29 media items created by Benas Gerdziunas

Ukraine 06 Dec 2018 22:36

February 11, 2018 marked the three year anniversary since the last ceasefire. Despite it, dozens are killed and injured every month,. Frontlines keep shifting, and the war in Europe goes on. [Potential multimedia format: http://www.benge.co/home97]

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Title photo for the collection
Ukraine 2014 to 2017-1
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
18 Sep 2014

September, 2014. Lenin statue in Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv, months after Maidan revolution. It was subsequently pulled down by protesters in 2014.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-2
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Sep 2014

Ukrainian riot police during clashes with protesters, months after Maidan revolution in September, 2014.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-3
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

August, 2015. The bomb-damaged Lenin statue seen through the window of a Ukrainian aroured personell carrier in Popasne, Luhansk region.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-4
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Feb 2017

February, 2017. A lone civilian walks on a road near Marinka in the Donetsk region, which has seen near-constant heavy fighting in the last three years. With key infrastructure and transport links destroyed, civilians are often trapped between the front lines

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-5
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

August, 2015. Child living on the frontline observes bombardment of Ukrainian positions in the rear, as shells fly overhead in Popasne, Luhansk region.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-7
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Aug 2015

August, 2015. After months without rotation, the prospects of an entrenched warfare in Popasne, Luhansk region, remain bleak. Faced with increasing apathy from their own society in Ukraine, many soldiers turn to bottle, or worse.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-8
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
10 Mar 2015

August, 2015. Semyonovka Psychiatric Hospital, Donetsk Region, 2015. Signpost reads ‚Exit‘ at Semyonovka Psychiatric Hospital in Donetsk region. It was completely destroyed after heavy fighting. A local man scouraging through remains of a destroyed home claimed the patients were taken to Russia after the evacuation.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-9
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
24 Sep 2016

September, 2016. Pavel Albulov shows the deep scar in the center of his forehead, left behind after a booby-trap went off after opening the door to a house in Troitske, Luhansk region. He went inside to feed the animals left behind by the fleeing neighbours.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-10
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
10 Feb 2017

February, 2017. The front line town Avdiivka, Donetsk region, has been the epicenter of a recent escalation in fighting. At least eight civilians died here in January alone, as the humanitarian crisis worsened with heating and electricity cut off. Temperatures dropped to -8 degrees at night in unheated buildings. This hole was left by artillery fire in 2014, and a home of a local man — who didn’t want to be named — was completely destroyed in February.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-11
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
10 Mar 2015

August, 2015. The psychiatric hospital in Semyonovka, Donetsk region, saw heavy fighting at the start of the war. According to Human Rights Watch, patients and staff were evacuated on May 26, 2014 “to other facilities in Zhdanovka, Gorlovka, and Donetsk.” All of these territories are now under control of the pro-Russian separatists.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-12
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Mar 2015

March, 2015. ‘Psych’, a young volunteer fighter with one of Ukraine’s makeshift battalions ‘St. Mary’ in Mariupol, Donetsk region.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-13
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

September, 2016.“I came here to replace the guys who have been here for months without rotation, so someone can go home - not because I’m some big Ukrainian patriot,” says Vladislav, stationed in Zolote, Luhansk region.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-14
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
19 Sep 2014

Ukrainian children celebrate national day in Mariupol, September, 2015. Outside the city, battles continue despite the Minsk I ceasefire.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-15
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

February, 2017. Child runs past sandbagged windows in a frontline school in Marinka, Donetsk region. Signposts on the wall direct the children to an underground bunker, where they routinely have to hide from artillery shelling. Additional coloured stickers indicate if the wall is safe to hide behind, if artillery shelling takes place.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-16
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Mar 2015

August, 2015. Two of Tanya‘s seven children huddle by a television in Kramatorsk refugee centre, Donetsk region.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-17
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
09 Feb 2017

February, 2017. Yura Nogin repairs war-damaged buildings in Marinka, Donesk region, where he now lives with Oksana Sidorenko, whom he met while serving with an artillery detachment in the town.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-18
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Sep 2016

Donbass steppes in Luhansk region, September, 2016.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-19
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Sep 2016

Destroyed industrial building in Luhansk region, September, 2016.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-20
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
30 Aug 2015

September, 2015. Sergei sits during night watch in Zolote, Luhansk region, prepping his gun at the slightest noise in the distance; remains of an exploded 80mm mortar shell is a few meters away. In the morning, his face bathes in the warmth of a late summer’s sunrise – “What a beautiful day, we all woke up alive.” Sergei died on September 23 during a skirmish, one day before he was due to return home.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-21
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Sep 2014

Oka, a refugee from Luhansk, sits in her rented apartment in Kharkiv, September, 2014. She recalls the moments when the bombs started hitting her city, before she fled with her then-husband to Kharkiv.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-22
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Mar 2015

March, 2015. Separatists’ diversionary raid on a railway bridge in Mariupol, Donetsk region, leaves passenger trains stranded in Mariupol, Donetsk region. After many months of idleness, the bridge was finally repaired.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-23
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

August, 2015. Sergei, the NCO in charge of the position, looks across the no-man’s land in Popasne, Luhansk region.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-24
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
25 Sep 2016

September, 2016. Konstantine Zarubin sits in his grandparents' home - two floors below the home of his best friend, Edek. In 2014, Edek was killed by a landmine as the boys climbed in a quarry. When trying to seek psychological support, his school headmaster called Konstantine 'weak'.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-25
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
07 Feb 2017

February, 2017. A Ukrainian marine sits inside a makeshift dining hall near Mariupol in Donetsk region. The Ukrainian military has experienced significant levels of post-traumatic stress disorder, which goes largely untreated.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-26
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
16 Mar 2015

March, 2015. The strategic southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol in Donetsk region continues to rely on its heavy-industries, even as shells randomly hit its eastern outskirts.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-27
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
07 Sep 2015

Musicians play in Kyiv metro, September, 2015.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-28
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Sep 2014

Elderly man listens to street musicians near the Maidan square in Kyiv, September, 2014.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-29
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
19 Mar 2015

September, 2015. Destroyed building in buffer-zone village Pavlopil, Donetsk region. It was later recaptured by Ukrainian forces.

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Ukraine 2014 to 2017-30
Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

September, 2015. The decrepit reminder of the war in Zolote, Luhansk region, ruins the beautiful vista over the Donbass steppes. Yet, the war is still on going, the steppes are the buffer zone, and the current trenches still scar the landscape, two meters behind the tank.