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Ukraine Refugees 05
Debaltsevo, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
01 Feb 2015

Locals from Debaltsevo wait to board a truck to leave town. They have been without power, water and gas for at least ten days.

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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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Ukraine: Psych Hospital Faces Bitter ...
Petrovs'kiy, Donetsk, Ukraine
By Teo Butturini
08 Jan 2015

The Donetsk Psychiatric Hospital number 1 is located in the district of Petrovsky, close to one of the frontlines in the armed conflict between Pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces that surround the city of Donetsk.

In early December the building came under artillery fire, and many of the windows have been damaged. The clinic is now dealing with cold winter temperatures, down to -25°C, and with shortages of food and medicine.

Doctors in the hospital not only check on the patients’ mental conditions; they are constantly working alongside patients and staff to heat the hospital, making sure no one is exposed to the severe cold. Empty rooms are filled with dry wood, and patients and staff alike work round the clock chopping wood and feeding fires.

The current situation is dramatic, as the administration does not have funds to repair the infrastructure and relies on donations from the church or private citizens. Many of the patients do not have the option to leave; some face too serious complications, while others do not have any relatives that can take care of them.

The ceasefire that started on December 9th has recently collapsed, and fighting has resumed between the two sides. Grad rockets and mortar shells are again falling close to the hospital and the people living inside.

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Ukraine's Black Tulip Burial Team
Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
By danilo.elia
26 Nov 2014

The story of the Black Tulips has almost unknown outside Ukraine. This group of volunteers search the battlefields around Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, to find and bury the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers killed in battle. Since the territory is under control of separatists, Kiev's forces cannot access the area, and the sad and hard job is left to a small group of men, under the severe control of militiamen.

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Donetsk's Bus No. 6
Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
By danilo.elia
26 Nov 2014

Bus no. 6 runs everyday from Donetsk train station and the suburbs of Pesky. The area is dotted with shrapnel holes, a bust stop has been hit a few days ago and many buildings are destroyed. Its driver, Aleksander, risks his life to bring people back home. He tells of how he is scared of this job, and how absurd is to keep on riding a bus under the bombs. Bus no. 6 was hit by shrapnel splinters a few days after this report. Two people died and Aleksander was wounded.

Buses are often caught in the crossfire, struck by stray artillery or rockets, causing civilian casualties. After the ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists was breached in September, 2014, fighting has continued to escalate. The latest escalation in fighting in Donetsk left several dead when their bus was hit by a shell.

According to Kiev, over 5,000 have died so far in the conflict.

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Battle for Donetsk 02
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldier from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector passes by the wall noted "Glory to Right Sector fighters" in Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 03
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Volunteer medic 'Robin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector provides first aid for a local fighter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 04
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukrainian government soldier guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 05
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukrainian government soldier guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 06
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector guards the perimeter in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 09
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government's and ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers watch the perimeter from a strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 10
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government sniper leaves his position in a strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 11
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government sniper leaves his position in strategic tower called 'Neba' (Sky) in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 12
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine soldier opens fire at a suspicious movement at separatists positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 13
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ukraine government soldier from 93th Brigade fires a mortar at pro-russian separatists positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 15
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

A poster with Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov who was shooting at the Donetsk Airport at Ukraine millitary positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 18
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldier guards their positions in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 17
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers rest at their base in a civilian house in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 19
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Local resident in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine. Note on the gate 'people live here'.

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Battle for Donetsk 20
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Soldiers from Ukraine volunteer batalion "Dnipr 1" open fire at a sniper position in the pro-russian separatists area in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 21
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 22
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 23
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 24
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldiers during a military intelligence and recon operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 14
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
14 Nov 2014

Ultra nationalist party Right Sector soldier in a military operation near Vodyane village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 07
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector on the roof of a ramshackle building in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 08
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector on the roof of a ramshackle building in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 16
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

Soldier 'Yashkin' from the ultra nationalist party Right Sector in Ukraine's army headquarters in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Battle for Donetsk 01
Donestk, Ukraine
By Arturas Morozovas
13 Nov 2014

A view at the separatists positions through a sniper optic in Pisky village, Donetsk region, Ukraine.

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Daily life in Donetsk
Donetsk
By Arturas Morozovas
03 Nov 2014

Artillery shelling hits residential areas after clashes between Pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army in one of the biggest eastern Ukrainian cities.

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Life In A Donetsk Bomb Shelter
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Oct 2014

Date: October 7, 2014
Location: Petrovka, Donetsk, Ukraine
Length: 03:18

To survive, local residents of Donetsk are forced to live in makeshift bomb shelters in their basements. Many have lived there for several months.

Nicolay found shelter in a basement more than six months ago together with his mother and little sister. He shows us the living conditions of his family and many other Donetsk citizens who have left their homes and have taken to living underground.

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Donetsk Chemical Plant Is Under Attac...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
19 Sep 2014

Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas, buildings and strategic objects such as airport, railway station, chemical plant also being hit.
Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.
Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

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Market after a night of shelling in D...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

With most grocery stores shut down, this market was the main source of both food and income for many residents of Donetsk.
The market is only about three miles away from Donetsk International Airport, where fierce fighting has been going on for a long time.

Background
Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas and buildings such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals and supermarkets are also being hit.

Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.

Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

Shot list:
Damaged and completely burned market building.
This building is completely destroyed and it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to restore it now.
Local residents help remove the rubble from the previous night’s shelling.

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Entrepreneur (personal opinion)
(Voice over) The most interesting thing is that I was the only one who managed to jump out. You can say that Ukrainians are fighting Ukrainians.
Back then it was one country (i.e., the Soviet Union), and now it’s something not understandable (i.e., Ukraine).
Now we’re killing each other.
This is just your typical civilian war.

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Residential areas shelled in Donetsk ...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

This residential district in northern Donetsk has long been a popular battlefield between the Russian Army and Ukraine’s National Guard.

Background
Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas and buildings such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals and supermarkets are also being hit.

Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.

Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

Shot list:
Damaged high-rise apartment buildings after artillery shelling.
Traces of falling shells can be seen on the walls of these buildings.
The area around the buildings has traces of multiple explosions.

Stand up
Owner of a private house interwiev (in front of the ruins of his home talks about shelling the previous night)
Earlier the shelling went only in one direction but now the direction is hard to figure out .
Shells and rockets are coming from all sides now.
There was smoke right at the corner of my house.
Let me tell you, just in the last three weeks, five shells have hit our house alone.
You can see that there’s nothing left now.
Otherwise, they just shell everywhere.

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Kindergarten shelled in Donetsk despi...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

Kindergarten shelled in Donetsk
Fortunately, there were no children in this kindergarten during the shelling because the parents don’t trust to ceasefire agreement and are keeping their children at home.

Background
Despite the declared ceasefire signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas and buildings such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals and supermarkets are also being hit.

Russia’s Armed Forces are using militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, to carry out various provocations such shelling as civilian areas while supplying these militants with the latest in Russian military hardware.

Local civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express opinions that completely contradict each other.

Shot list:
Kindergarten staff clears up the rubble after shelling that can be seen throughout the video
The building itself has been damaged, as well as the playground and surrounding area.

Stand up #1
Kindergarten Director interview
(Voice over) “As you can see our equipment is damaged”. There were three volleys.
How they were shooting and what they were shooting at, I have no idea, but they hit our kindergarten.
Where’s the [Donetsk International] airport and where are we? Why us?
I get the feeling that our kindergarten was shelled on purpose.
But how do I know? I just... (crying)
Why is this happening? What the heck is this anyway? I don't know!
We’ve been killing ourselves here.
I’ve worked in this kindergarten for 35 years, and now we have to build it from scratch again.
I really don’t know what we’re going to do now...
And when will this planet of ours finally find peace?
All we want is peace. Just peace. That’s all!
No one’s rich here. We’ve been living on a teacher’s salary all our lives.
And we want peace, not war.

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Ukraine Ceasefire Breached Again
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

Date: September 16, 2014
Location: Donetsk, Ukraine
Length: 3:52
Despite the ceasefire agreement signed by both sides of the conflict in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014, Russian-sponsored militants continued to shell residential areas and other civilian buildings in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. In addition to rocket and artillery fire aimed at Ukrainian Armed Forces units, residential areas and buildings such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals and supermarkets were also hit.
Russia’s Armed Forces are supplying militants from DNR and LNR, terrorist organizations disguising themselves as local militia, with the latest in Russian military hardware to carry out various provocative actions, including shelling as civilian areas.
Civilians in eastern Ukraine trying to survive the rocket and artillery fire have no way of really knowing which side is shelling them, so they often express contradictory opinions.
Story #1
Kindergarten shelled in Donetsk
Fortunately, there were no children in this kindergarten during the shelling because the parents don’t believe the ceasefire agreement and are keeping their children at home.
Shotlist:
Kindergarten staff clears up the rubble after shelling
The building itself has been damaged, as well as the playground and surrounding area.
SOUNDBITE 1
Kindergarten Director
“As you can see our equipment is damaged. There were three volleys. How they were shooting and what they were shooting at, I have no idea, but they hit our kindergarten.
Where’s the [Donetsk International] airport and where are we? Why us?
I get the feeling that our kindergarten was shelled on purpose.
But how do I know? I just... (crying)
Why is this happening? What the heck is this anyway? I don't know!
We’ve been killing ourselves here.
I’ve worked in this kindergarten for 35 years, and now we have to build it from scratch again.
I really don’t know what we’re going to do now...
And when will this planet of ours finally find peace?
All we want is peace. Just peace. That’s all!
No one’s rich here. We’ve been living on a teacher’s salary all our lives.
And we want peace, not war.”
Story #2
Residential areas shelled in Donetsk
This residential district in northern Donetsk has long been a popular battlefield between the Russian Army and Ukraine’s National Guard.
Shotlist:
Damaged high-rise apartment buildings after artillery shelling.
Traces of falling shells can be seen on the walls of these buildings.
The area around the buildings has traces of multiple explosions.
SOUNDBITE 2
Owner of a private house
(In front of the ruins of his home, he talks about shelling the previous night.) “Earlier the shelling went only in one direction but now the direction is hard to figure out. Shells and rockets are coming from all sides now.
There was smoke right at the corner of my house.
Let me tell you, just in the last three weeks, five shells have hit our house alone.
You can see that there’s nothing left now.
Otherwise, they just shell everywhere.”
Story #3
A Market is shelled at night in Donetsk
With most grocery stores shut down, this market was the main source of both food and income for many residents of Donetsk.
The market is only about three miles away from Donetsk International Airport, where fierce fighting has been going on for a long time.
Shotlist:
Damaged and completely burned market building.
This building is completely destroyed and it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to restore it now.
Local residents help remove the rubble from the previous night’s shelling.
SOUNDBITE 3
Entrepreneur
“The most interesting thing is that I was the only one who managed to jump out. You can say that Ukrainians are fighting Ukrainians. Back then it was one country (i.e., the Soviet Union), and now it’s something not understandable (i.e., Ukraine).
Now we’re killing each other.
This is just your typical civilian war.”

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Donetsk siege 037
Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Ukrainian army prisoners of war are being paraded in front of an angry crowd. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's own military parade with their own show. As they parade dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists show their determined stance against the central government.

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Donetsk siege 039
Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Ukrainian army prisoners of war are being paraded in front of an angry crowd. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. As they parade dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists show their determined stance against the central government.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Hundreds have gathered on Lenin Square to celebrate Independence Day. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Aug 2014

August 24, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A pro-Russian sympathiser is guarding a burned-out wreck destroyed and brought over by rebels for the independence parade. Celebrating the 23rd year of Ukrainian's independence since the fall of the USRR, the pro-Russian separatists are responding to Kiev's military parade with their own show. Parading dozens of prisoners of war through the streets, the separatists are showing their determination against the central government.