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Easter Celebration in conflict Zone I...
Kramatorsk, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
14 Apr 2015

Liberated Kramatorsk residents celebrate Easter during an open air event.
Kramatorsk is still in the conflict zone in Ukraine and just to remind the city was heavily shelled with Russian MRLS BM9K58 Tornado by Russian mercenaries just two month ago during another day (on Feb 10 2015).
More materials: http://empr.media/news/kramatorsk-shelled-with-russian-missiles-1-civilian-killed-6-wounded
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/shelling-of-kramatorsk-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/kramatorsk-shelled-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/unexploded-russian-tornado-missile-at-kids-playground-in-kramatorsk
https://youtu.be/SFFFL36NKb4
Young and old people now are tired from warfare during a year of Russian military invasion into Ukraine and are glad to celebrate the spring coming.
Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Demonstration in Berlin to "Save" Yar...
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists gather before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Berlin to call for humanitarian intervention to support Palestinians and Syrians trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, under the attack of the Islamic State and the Syrian regime, activists claim.

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Colonel Claude Mademba
Nimes
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Colonel Mademba fought in North Africa and Italy with British and French forces as an infantryman against German forces.

"On May 5th 1945, I fired my last shell from my Sherman tank at Hitler's Berghof complex," he said.

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Lahcen Majid
Saint Remi
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Lahcen Majid fought as an infantrymen in Italy as part of a Moroccan outfit attached to Free French forces, against the German army.

"On May 11th 1944, right before the last major push for Monte Cassino, I saw the entire countryside light up with an artillery barrage," he said. "By 2:00 a.m. hundreds of Allied soldiers were already arriving at our hospital to be treated."

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Joel D. Pasado
Los Angeles, CA
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Apr 2015

Joel D. Pasado was a rebel fighter in the Philippines against Japanese forces.

"We surrounded the hospital," he said. "The defenders fought hard, as they had to fight room to room throwing grenades and using bayonets. On one occasion I stormed a room filled with Japanese soldiers. One tried to stab me, but was shot by one of my soldiers and was killed. He saved my life."

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 01
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist demonstrates in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to call for a humanitarian intervention to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 02
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists holding signs in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 03
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists preparing signs to be hold at the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 04
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 05
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin holding signs to support a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in front of the UNHCR office in Berlin during a demostration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 08
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist places a sign in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 09
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign accusing the United Nations of inaction in relation to the sitiation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 10
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists standing in half circle during the demostration in support of a humanitarian intervention in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Two activists hold signs to rise awareness of the current situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp next to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 11
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign in support of the Palestinians living in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 12
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist holds a sign during a demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp in Damscus, Syria.

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Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

Activists stand in line near to the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin during a demonstration to call for a humanitarian support in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

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"Save" Yarmouk Refugee Camp 14
Berlin
By luigi serenelli
08 Apr 2015

An activist writes a sentence on a sign during the demonstration to "save" Yarmouk refugee camp.

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Portrait of a Generation: WWII Vetera...
New York City, NY
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
07 Apr 2015

The Second World War was fought by an entire generation of men from more than 60 nations. Americans, Canadians, Russian, British, Chinese, South Africans and many others fought the Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Slovaks and more, all were embroiled in a war which killed over 50 millions soldiers and civilians alike, making this conflict the bloodiest in Human history. The 1921/22-generation is today often known as a sacrificed generation, which fought for a various array of beliefs all intertwined in self-sacrifice and honor. In Germany alone 5.2 million soldiers were killed or missing in battle in a six-year period, Japan lost over 2 million men in combat, while the United States suffered 409 thousand men killed in action. However Russia holds the morbid record, with more than 10 million killed between 1941 and 1945. These astounding numbers show the brutality in which this war was fought in the air, on land and in the seas.

As a journalist, always in search for a certain historical truth within today’s framework, the stories of each of these men interviewed and photographed is a treasure of human perseverance. The project contains no pretense to judge or criticize the actions or decisions taken by these men, but it is rather a recollection of a period drastically different from ours. Their testimony is relevant in a historical sense, which should not be lost in time, as the next generations to come can and should learn from this generation.

The project itself differs from other veteran type shoots, in the sense that it tries to combine so many different nationalities. This combination was hard to achieve. It took no less than 5 years and travels to over 12 countries to meet, photograph, and interview these men. As a photojournalist, it was not only the photo shoot that was interesting, but also the search to meet these veterans, especially the ex Waffen SS and the foreign elements who fought within its ranks; and the more obscure nationalities who fought alongside major powers, like Croatians or Senegalese.

The photography project deals with as many nationalities as possible, for the simple reason that many nations were involved in the fighting. So far I have photographed Germans, Russians, Armenians, Karabastis, French, Belgium, Poles, Americans, Nepalese, Croatian, Czechs, Latvians, Japanese Americans, Pilipino, Hungarians and more…, which includes 221 men from 59 different nationalities.  Each man is interviewed on his experience through out the war. The goal of this project is to reunite as many veterans as possible from most of the nations involved in the Second World War.

FULL ARTICLE AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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School in Ibb Hit in Saudi Airstrikes
Ibb
By Wahib Mashrah
07 Apr 2015

April 7, 2015
Ibb, Yemen

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit al-Sabtain school resulting in the death of two students. Allegedly the airstrikes were targeting the Hamza Military Base, located nearby.

The video shows the aftermath of the airstrikes, and an interview with a school boy named Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi who is lying on a hospital bed. Mohammad says that his arm has been amputated.

TRANSCRIPT:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi, Injured Student

Interviewer: Tell us what happened with you.
Injured student: "We were at school, studying, when the explosions hit the base. As soon as we heard the sound of explosions, we went out to the schoolyard. When we heard the second explosion, we fled the school. We were caught by surprise when explosion took place outside the school. I suddenly realized that I was the hospital and my arm was amputated. They told us that two students were killed and that I was taken with another student to the hospital. I do not know anything else.
Interviewer: What is your name?
Injured student: Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi”

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Kashmir's Shiites Protest Yemen Airst...
Srinagar
By Umar Mehraj
03 Apr 2015

Dozens of Shiite Muslim protesters marched through the city of Srinagar in Indian administered Kashmir on Friday April 3, 2015 to demonstrate against the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. The Protesters chanted anti-America and Israel slogans.

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Interview with a Young Ukrainian
Krakow
By tobiasero
03 Apr 2015

Victoria is a young Ukrainian girl who moved to Poland in order to begin her studies. She speaks about the situation in Ukraine; her father is part of the Ukrainian military, injured during the fight with pro-Russian separatists.

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Ukrainian Military Employs Handcrafte...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
30 Mar 2015

Ukrainian forces build custom armored personnel carriers for use on the frontlines of the ongoing conflict.

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Ukraine Front Lines: No Ceasefire, Mi...
Tonen'ke, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
30 Mar 2015

Footage and interviews from Ukraine front lines.

Despite a ceasefire brokered in Minsk between Russia and Ukraine and the pulling back of heavy artillery on both sides, warfare doesn't stop in eastern Ukraine. Russian proxies and regular army continue shelling at Ukrainian forces' positions on daily basis. In the meantime, UA president Poroshenko announced UA volunteer battalions withdrawal from the front lines in eastern Ukraine. Soldiers of the regular UA army fear this decision will turn to many death among UA soldiers that remain to serve there: "The enemy is strong and UA must ensure even stronger defense instead of withdrawal". The following three stories aim to highlight:
1) Who is really supports UA army;
2) What challenges UA soldiers face on the front lines;
3) Why UA soldiers think UA president Poroshenko's decision on "withdrawal" from the front lines is wrong

We have heard and read a lot about volunteers providing food, medical supplies, and other essentials for the Ukrainian soldiers at the front. At the same time the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and government officials have claimed that the government is doing its job in supplying the soldiers with everything they need. EMPR has decided to see for ourselves how things stand in regard to how well the soldiers in the battle zone in eastern Ukraine are being taken care of. In our search for the truth and to bring our readers a firsthand account our correspondent spent two days with a volunteer group in the Donetsk oblast. We want to share with our readers the remarkable, unique system the volunteers have worked out to provide aid to the patriots of Ukraine who with their strength of spirit, desire for justice and often with their own lives are defending our land from the Russian invaders.
Meet the charitable organization "Mother's Watch" in Kyiv. Here volunteers collect aid for the Ukrainian soldiers. Here protective camouflage nets are made, bread and cakes and meat pies are baked, stuffed dumplings and meat balls are cooked, and soup and borshch ingredients are dehydrated. This is where our journey accompanying the volunteers from the "Association of Ukrainian Veterans of Afghanistan" begins. The group of veterans delivers the goods to the soldiers at the front.
We leave Kyiv at night and by morning we arrive in Donetsk oblast. Our first stop is a small village where 11 divisions of a mechanized infantry battalion are based. Here we leave half of the goods. The battalion has been here for three months already. They are tired. And waiting for their rotation to end. Next we're off to the see the "Right Sector."

Story #1
Music is in the air as volunteers from the organization "Mother's Watch" weave camouflage nets for the soldiers and sing their hearts out. Soon the vans arrive. Food, water, and other essentials are loaded into the vans. By the next morning the vans are at the front. They are unloaded and the goods are distributed among the soldiers. The soldiers tell us that if the volunteers did not bring them the supplies they need the army would not be able to keep going for more than two weeks.

Story #2
The soldiers of the Ukrainian Army share with the volunteers all the ceasefire violations the opponent has committed, the problems within the army, and their thoughts on how and by whom Ukraine could be helped in the war against Russian aggression.

Story #3
In February, 2015, Andrei Hrachev, a combat doctor with the 93 Battalion together with other soldiers addressed an appeal to the President of Ukraine in which they called on the president to bring order to the country, to get rid of corruption, and to fulfill the pre-election promises. The appeal was full of obscene language but it hit record highs in popularity. Andrei Hrachev became an Internet star. In March, 2015 Petro Poroshenko issued an order that the volunteer battalions Right Sector and OUN must either become a part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or leave the battle zone. Here is Andrei Hrachev's response to the President's order.

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Ukraine: The Wait 03
Paviopil, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
19 Mar 2015

Pavlopil and its 200 remaining inhabitants are stuck between Ukrainian and separatists frontlines. Devoid of jobs, schools or local amenities, the villagers attempt to co-exist. Days are spent farming and sitting in the front yards; it takes too long, and costs too much to get into neighbouring city of Mariupol.

“We share what we have – yes, you could say it’s real communism,” says one of those remaining.

Some families, however, did not have even the smallest luxury of a roof over their heads – their homes were destroyed in subsequent artillery duels.

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On Ukraine's Frontline with the Pravy...
Peski
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Near Donetsk Airport, Peski is one of the main flash-points on the front lines of Ukraine's conflict, defended both by the Ukrainian Army and the far-right Pravy Sektor. Despite pulling back their heavy arms, pro-Russian separatists continue to attack the town with lighter munitions on a quotidian basis.

Our contributor brings us a look into life on the front lines, where the bloody battle continues despite the ceasefire brokered between Russia and Ukraine.

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier from the far-right Pravy Sektor stands amid the rubble in front of the administration building in downtown Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A church in downtown Peski has been damaged amid fighting.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A 9 year-old boy continues to live in this half destroyed village with his parents.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A dog left behind in Peski is fed by the Pravy Sektor soldiers.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A woman shows us her apartment in Peski on March 17, 2015. She has been living in basement for many months.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A check point controls traffic at the entrance of Peski, a kilometer and a half from Donetsk Airport.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier stands guard at the Ukrainian check point named "Bridge Republic" in Peski.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier of Praviy Sector after his duty. Here every day seems to be the last one.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Pravy Sektor soldiers regroup in their headquarters in Peski.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Newly arrived soldiers to the Pravy Sektor militia use the machine gun for the first time.