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The Siege of Donetsk
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By Jonathan Alpeyrie
20 Aug 2014

Since the retreat of the pro-Russian separatist forces from Slaviansk and Kramatorsk last May, the rebels have been losing ground against the Ukrainian army. Pushing deeper into rebel-held territory, the army loyal to Kiev has laid siege to the two last remaining major cities still under separatist control: Lugansk and Donetsk. Recently, the city of Lugansk has been completely surrounded and under intense bombardment, forcing the rebels to renew their demand for help to Russia. Donetsk is the largest city in the Donbass region. Before the war, the city had an estimated 1.2 million souls, but less then half are still present within the city limits. Under daily shelling from Ukrainian forces, the remaining population has been finding shelter in cellars and atomic-proof bunkers, some dating back to WWII. In recent days, the government attacks have been more consistent and deadly, targeting downtown and suburb areas alike to demoralise separatist troops defending their stronghold. Most of the locals who have refused to leave are either old, poor, or hopeful that the war will end soon. However, this is an unlikely case, as the Ukrainian army has adopted a strategy of attrition against the determined rebel forces. It is likely that Donetsk will suffer the same fate as Lugansk, with mounting civilian casualties caught in the middle of a war sponsored by the West and Russia alike.

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Ukrainian Army's Wounded Soldiers
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By Jonathan Alpeyrie
01 Aug 2014

The official Ukrainian Army death toll of 800, during the so called ‘anti terrorist operation’ to retake territory conquered by the pro-Russian separatists last April, is a gross underestimation of casualties suffered by the army. Numbers vary tremendously between Ukrainian and pro-Russian sources. Statistics, like in any conflict are difficult to decipher. Officially, the authorities in Kiev say that the losses they have suffered are 935 killed, 3215 wounded, 13 missing, 1373 prisoners and 20,000 deserters. The numbers given by the separatists are very different: 27,888 killed and wounded, 1649 captured and 13500 deserted or missing. Though it will take time to know exactly how many government soldiers have been killed or wounded, what is certain is that the main military hospitals in Kiev, Kharkov and other main cities, are full of critically injured men.

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Pro-Russian Demonstrators Seize Gover...
donetsk
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro-Russian demonstrators have stormed a government building in Donetsk, calling for referendum on joining Russia. People gathered in-front of the state administration building in Donetsk which was surrounded by riot police. Protesters stormed the building after clashing with riot police and breaking through their lines. Protesters destroyed some of the building's offices and hung Russian flags. A few hours after, protesters wearing military clothes, balaclavas, and artisanal weaponry such as baseball bats. More demonstrators arrived at night as reinforcement to erect barricades inside and outside the building, in case of police intervention.

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russian seized theRegional Buildi...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrator stands by photos of Ukrainian government officials after a mob stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

During the night, after storming the building, pro Russian protestors in balaclavas came to reinforce the occupied building and began preparing barricades and weapons to counter any attacks that may come from police. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

During the night, after storming the building, pro Russian protestors in balaclavas came to reinforce the occupied building and began preparing barricades and weapons to counter any attacks that may come from police. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

During the night, after storming the building, pro Russian protestors in balaclavas came to reinforce the occupied building and began preparing barricades and weapons to counter any attacks that may come from police. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrator stands by photos of Ukrainian government officials after a mob stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrator stands by photos of Ukrainian government officials after a mob stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russian seized theRegional Buildi...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

©Romain Carre, Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014. During the night, after storming the building, pro russian gathered inside the building, preparing barricades and bringing a lots of weapons to prepare to counter any attacks. Lots of people with balaclava came as reinforcement.

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Pro Russian seized the Regional Build...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrator stands by photos of Ukrainian government officials after a mob stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

After stealing police riot shields, pro russian demonstrators stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying offices trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

©Romain Carre, Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014. After stolen the police shields, pro russians stormed the regional building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying part of the offices. They were trying to barricade themselves inside the building.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014. After stolen the police shields, pro russians stormed the regional building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors and destroying part of the offices. They were trying to barricade themselves inside the building.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.

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Pro Russians stormed regional buildin...
By RomainCa
06 Apr 2014

Pro Russian demonstrators stole police riot shields and stormed the regional government building of Donetsk, breaking windows, doors, and destroying offices, trying to barricade themselves inside the building. Donetsk, Ukraine, 06/04/2014.