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Saber Strike 2017-6
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-7
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-8
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-9
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-1
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-2
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-3
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-4
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-5
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-17
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-11
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-14
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-12
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-13
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-10
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-16
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Saber Strike 2017-18
Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Tunisian Forces Patrol Ben Guerdane A...
Ben Guerdane
By Mourad TEYEB
08 Mar 2016

Tunisian police and military forces patrol the border town of Ben Guerdane on March 8, 2016, one day after ISIS militants launched an attack on military barracks in the town. 28 militants were killed in the clashes that also left ten members of Tunisian security forces and seven civilians dead.

Tunisian security forces arrested 17 militants, reportedly connected to ISIS.

Later on Tuesday March 8th, the Tunisian Prime Minister said that the death toll had risen to 55, as security forces once again clashed with militants, killing six.

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FSA and Kurdish Forces Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By omariq
24 Feb 2016

Photos taken on the frontlines near Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo. Heavy clashes are taking place in the opposition-held area between the Free Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG fighters backed by soldiers of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The YPG (armed wing of the PYD) have launched an offensive in northern Aleppo as they attempt to take control over strategic areas on the Syrian Turkish border.

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Free Syrian Army Tank Fires at YPG in...
Aleppo
By omariq
24 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army tank fires at the Kurdish YPG fighters in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Tank Rolls in Aleppo
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army tank advances in the al-Sakan al-Shababi District near the Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Shell YPG Position i...
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army (FSA) makeshift cannon targets the Kurdish YPG fighters on the frontline in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Shell YPG Forces in ...
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army (FSA) makeshift cannon targets the Kurdish YPG fighters on the frontline in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Ukraine: The Wait
Kiev, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Dec 2015

Completed over the course of three trips to Ukraine in 2014/15, this multimedia piece explores the heavy silence of war - away from the war porn of frontline fighting and Western-Russain power plays. With Ukraine slipping back into the corrupt era of Yanukovich, the anxious wait for reforms, true independence and peace continues.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Oct 2015

Shells land 20 kilometers away. Four months later, in January 2016, a separatist rocket attack a few blocks away kills 30 civilians.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
17 Oct 2015

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

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

[Radio chatter] Separatist positions report ‘111’ – ‘All clear’. Other call signs are ‘110’ – we’re being attacked; and ‘112’ – We’re attacking. It is believed, that the previously stationed Chechens and Don Cossacks have been replaced with regular Russian military combatants.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

Ukrainian street musicians perform a song by a
Russian rock band, ‘Splin’

I want to fall asleep and never wake up
go away into the sea and not come back
or come back, but together

With you so much more interesting
with you so many interesting things around
and not even tight (suffocating)

Without the squares, railway stations, stops
without all these civilisations

One more sip - and we’re on fire
on one, two, three

Burn with fire, your third Rome
catch my rhythm
and dance, dance, dance, dance

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Mayorsk, Donetsk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
14 Oct 2015

The patrol passes along the village streets, dotted by drunk civilians and military personnel – a sign not so uncommon even before the war. Somewhere in the vicinity, a high ranking Ukrainian officer was assaulted and kidnapped with his armed escort a week before.

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Zolote, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
30 Aug 2015

Sergei sits during night watch on the Permovaisk frontline, 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 23rd during a skirmish, one day before he was due to return home.

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Zolote, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

“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.

Even before the war, the old mining village was poor, with crumbling buildings dotting the streets. Now, with even less people remaining, pensioners gather for a daily market - made up of 5 stalls, overshadowed by a modest Lenin statue. Three blocks away, Ukrainian soldiers occupy the vacant houses, which are shelled on a nightly basis.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
29 Aug 2015

“One year ago, the commander put tanks in the first line, as if it was the Second World War; now you have accurate weapons – the whole crew died,” says one of the commanders.

The decrepit reminder of the war ruins the beautiful vista over the steppes of Donbas. 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.

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Kyiv
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

Away from the headlines of Western-Russian power plays and war porn of frontline fighting; away from boys with a cause, imperial ambitions and the spectacle of war. What’s left is the chilling wait and anxiety. The sluggish nightmare immerses anyone unlucky enough to be caught up close – families stuck in the buffer zones, blaming elusive fascists,
as their men fight for the elusive Russians. The nightly grind of staring into the darkness of a frozen conflict, confined to the trench and radio transmitting enemy reports of your own movements; the sweeping apathy back home.

While Ukraine is slipping back into the corrupt era of Yanukovich, Eastern Ukraine is trapped in a disaster, which shows no signs of letting go. The anxious wait for reforms, true independence and peace continues.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

The night passes peacefully, with sporadic pot-shots fired from the opposing lines; the Ukrainians do not respond. Without appropriate night-vision gear, the watch is spent chewing through bags of seeds – siemki, and a constant flow of tea and, if available, coffee.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
27 Aug 2015

Weapons sit idly, as the soldiers rest before the nightly grind.

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Popasne, Luhansk Oblast
By Benas Gerdziunas
26 Aug 2015

After months without rotation, the prospects of an entrenched warfare remain bleak. Stationary frontline attritions grind is more reminiscent of World War One, than a 21st century battlefield. Faced with increasing apathy from their own society in Ukraine, many soldiers turn to bottle, or worst - chair and a rope – even if the problem has not yet reached epidemic proportions.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Portrait of an old man among the refugees as he waits to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.