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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. New recruits are standing at attention before a training session. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. A group of Azov trainees are resting after an exercise. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. Recruits are learning how to use a tourniquet as if wounded. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. Recruits are learning how to keep a good position while using their machine gun. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
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 occupying destroyed positions on the front lines facing separatists. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
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 patrol of Donbass soldiers are returning to the line after entering separatists territory. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Volunteer Battalions Active 01
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 patrol is moving to a new location as fighting flares up. (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 commander is showing his men where the ennemy is as the battle heats up. (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 firing his weapon at separatists soldiers 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. 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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Volunteer Battalions Active Pt. 1 09
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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Ukraine: Volunteer Battalions Active ...
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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Volunteer Battalions Active Pt. 1 01
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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Volunteer Battalions Active Pt. 1 03
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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Then and Now: Postcards from the Sovi...
Moscow, Russia
By Steve Weinberg
16 Apr 2015

"Then and Now: Postcards from the Soviet Union" addresses the end of the Cold War and current resurgence of Russian geopolitical assertion in Ukraine and elsewhere. This series of historical photographs juxtaposes idealized, Soviet era postcards and visuals with real world photographs shot over the course of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing post-Soviet era. This juxtaposition is meant to demonstrate the links and the contrasts between national narratives propagated by the Soviet system and how those narratives have been affected by or manifested in contemporary reality.


Shot over the last 26 years in Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Poland, these unique photos offer an intimate historical perspective of Soviet and Eastern European geopolitics as the region takes on new forms and conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere. 

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Postcards from the Soviet Union
Moscow, Russia
By Steve Weinberg
16 Apr 2015

Upper: Hello from the Exhibition”; mid-1950s postcard, Exhibition of National Economic Achievements, Soviet era Moscow.

Lower: Opened to private enterprise in 1992, the Exhibition of National Economic Achievements building complex rapidly transformed into a place of rampant uncontrolled commercialism amidst its former Soviet pomp. Moscow, Russia.

Image Correlation: These series of buildings have been utilized both during the communist era and during the more recent introduction of a Western commercial market after the end of the Soviet period. The symbology inherent in the sculptures have become representative hallmarks for the iconic Soviet period of Socialist realism, introduced by Stalin in 1934 then adapted by allied Communist parties worldwide.