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Shirokino, Donbass Oblast
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A pair of Donbass troops are getting ready to fight as the battle heats up around them. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Shirokino, Donbass Oblast
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass soldier is waiting to fire his RPG 7 at passing separatists soldiers. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Shirokino, Donbass Oblast
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass soldier just shot his RPG 7 at separatists troops. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Shirokino, Donbass Oblast
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass sniper is shooting his rifle at separatists near by. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Shirokino, Donbass Oblast
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass soldiers are seeking cover in a hallway as artillery fire starts to rain down on their position. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. WWII era 82mm mortar rounds are getting ready to be fired into separatists positions. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Azov soldiers are observing suspecious people moving along the coast. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Azov soldiers are digging near foxholes as the area is constantly hit by artillery fire. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov soldier came out of his bunker to talk on his cell during a lull in the fighting (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov battalion mortar team is preparing the rounds to be fired onto separatists positions. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov mortar team is taking a rest and eating during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov armor unit is resting during a lull in the fighting as their positions gets hit by artillery daily. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov soldier is bringing a CD player to his position during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A tired Azov soldier is taking a rest during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Azov troopers are using recreation to forget about the constant shelling of their position during a lull in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A lull in the fighting allows Azov troopers to emerge out of their bunkers. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. An Azov soldiers is observing separatists positions a mere 300 yards away form a trench. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 May 2015

May 1, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A lull in the fighting allows Azov troopers to emerge out of their trenches. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Apr 2015

April 30, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass soldier is texting on his cell phone from inside the old international airport. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Apr 2015

April 30, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass trooper is about to have his daily meal at the airport base. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
30 Apr 2015

April 30, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Meal time for the Donbass soldiers at the airport base. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Ukraine: Volunteer Battalions Active ...
Shirokino, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine.

With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. 

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Shirokino, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport, and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. 

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass volunteers are watching TV in their base inside the old international airport before returning to the front lines. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass troopers are resting inside their base at the old international Mariupol airport before returning to the front. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass troopers are resting inside their base at the old international Mariupol airport before returning to the front. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

April 29, 2015, Mariupol, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass troopers are waiting at their base before returning to the front the following day. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
16 Apr 2015

Yellow circles warn drivers of unexploded mortars on the road to Nikishyne.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Victor carries stones across town in his motorcycle to repair his house.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Flowers in a windowsill seem to have survived the devastation left behind in the ongoing conflict.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Everywhere you look in Nikishyne, the same panorama persists: destroyed homes of people struggling to rebuild their lives.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

A bullet hole in a steel fence was made from the inside, proof that fighters brought the battle into private homes.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Clothes left over or people of this house came back. Was totally empty when I was there.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

People left many personal belongings behind when they were forced to flee the fighting.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

An MRO Russian rocket launcher lies abandoned. The writing on the side reads, "Friends will be friends. Call for assault on Kiev."

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Dimitri sits in front of his house in Nikishyne.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas Vlach, the emergency coordinator of "People in Need," looks for available materials needed to repair homes.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Dimitri, holds a photo of his house before the conflict destroyed it and most of his posessions.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

Tomas lends a helping hand to his neighbour Tatiana, who lost her home in the conflict.

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Nikishyne
By Yves Choquette
15 Apr 2015

"They dug a trench and used Tatiana's house as a fighting position. What can we do?" Tomas said.