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Ukraine: Zombieland
Donetsk
By Sergey Ponomarev
27 Jan 2015

The war in southeastern Ukraine has turned the region in to a zombie-land. Ukraine has historically been divided into pro-European and pro-Russian regions. Donbass, in the east, has been a battleground since the 2014 revolution in Kiev finally snapped West from East. In this war, propaganda has become the main tool of manipulation, setting some citizens against others. Some locals have become so brainwashed by Russian TV that it appeared they had no opinions of their own, mimicking only what they have heard on TV. They gave their opponents offensive homogenizing nicknames, dehumanizing them so it makes it easier to kill. Youth gangs and armed groups became the main force in the region, seizing administration buildings and setting up checkpoints. Just as they were told on Russian state TV, they believed that a Nazi government, who would soon come to the southeast to kill them, now ruled western Ukraine. At the same time, Ukrainian propaganda was also accusing Donbass of fascism and treachery, using almost same methods to dehumanize separatists. The war in Ukraine has lasted almost a year and ordinary people have been turned into zombies absorbing the flood of propaganda that is designed to continue the war, propagate the criminal laws of the many small warlords on the ground and the hate that was spilled in the air.

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Fighting Intensifies in Slavyansk as ...
Slavyansk, Ukraine
By Andrey Borodulin
30 May 2014

The Ukrainian Army has been intensifying its military crackdown on pro-Russian rebels in Slavyansk, Ukraine. 14 Ukrainian Army soldiers were killed, including an army general, when rebels shot down a Ukrainian Army helicopter over the city. As the situation has deteriorated, civilians have been caught in the crossfire and a local psychiatric hospital has been shelled.
Also killed were Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrey Mironov who died when they were hit by mortar fire in Slavyansk.

These photos illustrate the chaos of Slavyansk between May 24-29, 2014. Included in the photos is 65-year-old local woman Olga Prokhorenko, who was killed by shrapnel from a mortar shell. Images also show damage done to civilian infrastructure, including the home of a local Meskhetian Turk, and smoke rising from the area of the downed Ukrainian military helicopter.

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In Memory of Heaven's Hundred
Kyiv, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
02 Mar 2014

People who were killed in the center of Kyiv during winter riots are called Heaven's Hundred. On this days many people from different ukrainian and foreign cities come to places where protesters were murdered. They bring a lot of flowers and candles.

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Kyiv
By Max Kozmenko
27 Feb 2014

Photos of killed protesters at the spot where they were shot.

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 8
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

Bullet traces on a tree where a protester was killed.

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 7
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

Flowers and candles on the "New Ukraine" art-installation .

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 5
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

Kiev citizens standing near the flowers on the Independent square.

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 4
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

Thousands of flowers lined on the road at the center of Kiev.

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In Memory of the Heaven's Hundred 1
Kiev, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

A mother and her son at the Heaven's Hundred memorial in Kiev.

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Kyiv
By Max Kozmenko
26 Feb 2014

Flowers at the spot where a protester was killed.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 4
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
24 Feb 2014

Women mourning the death of Olexander Shcherbanyuk.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 14
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
24 Feb 2014

Thousands of citizens walking through the city with Shcherbanyuk's body.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 10
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
24 Feb 2014

Thousands of citizens walking through the city with Shcherbanyuk's body.

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Independence Square Mourns
Kiev, Ukraine
By Aurélien Cohen
23 Feb 2014

After the violence of in February, Ukrainians mourn and pay tribute to their dead at the Independence Square in Kiev.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 20
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

Last goodbyes to Olexander Shcherbanyuk prior to his burial.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 8
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

A citizen watching the funeral ceremony as it moves across the city.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 6
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

A rose on the ground symbolizing the glory of a Hero.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 25
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

Citizens lit candles for the memory of Olexander Shcherbanyuk.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 23
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

A citizen lighting candles in the memory of Olexander Shcherbanyuk.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 11
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

Young girls throwing flowers on the floor, symbolizing the glory of the hero's death.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 7
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

A Funeral ceremony with national flags passing by the Monument of the Soviet Liberator.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 13
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

Citizens watching the funeral as it moves across the city.

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Funeral of Maidan Hero 3
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

Thousands of citizens walking through the city with Shcherbanyuk's body.

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Funeral of a Maidan Hero
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
By Max Kozmenko
23 Feb 2014

Olexander Shcherbanyuk, was killed by a sniper on February 20, 2104 during the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev, Ukraine. He was amongst the 82 people killed in the riots. Thousands of citizens joined as his body was carried through the city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine.