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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 4
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Jun 2015

Living spaces for recently arrived refugees from Kobane in the Darashakran refugee Camp on 24 June 2015

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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 6
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Jun 2015

Children playing in front of one of the more permanent settlements in the Darashakran refugee camp on 24 June 2015

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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 7
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Jun 2015

Boy staring at the distribution taking place in the Darashakran refugee camp on 24 June 2015

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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 8
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Jun 2015

Two boys dragging a small cart with goods for a woman from the distribution area to her home in Darashakran refugee camp on 24 June 2015

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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 9
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Jun 2015

An old woman carries a box from the distribution area to her home through the heat along an empty street in Darashakran refugee Camp on 24 June 2015.

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Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 Jun 2015

A woman waiting to receive items at distribution area in Darashakran refugee camp in the Kurdish Region of Iraq on 24 June 2015

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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 3
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
23 Jun 2015

Two girls with a younger brother among the tents of Basirma refugee Camp in the Kurdish Region of Iraq on 23 June 2015.

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A Refugee Camp in Iraq 5
Darashakran Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Noe Falk Nielsen
23 Jun 2015

Children playing among the tents in Basirma refugee camp on 23 June 2015.

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Civilians Flee Southern Aden by Boats...
Aden, Yemen
By Edouard Dufrasne
07 May 2015

Aden, Yemen
May 7, 2015

People from Touwayi flee their neighbourhood by boat, as Houthi militias advance in Aden, Yemen.

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Long Delays at Checkpoints for Refuge...
Karbala, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
20 Apr 2015

Some one hundred families have been stuck in the desert, waiting for hours at checkpoints manned by Iraqi government forces, as they attempt to flee their homes in Anbar and Salahuddine towards the predominantly Shiite province of Karbala.

ISIS militants launched an offensive on Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, in mid-April 2015, and were able to seize at least three villages.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of refugees in the outdoors

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Shamia Ibrahim, Refugee from Ramadi
00:47 – 01:42

“We were displaced from Ramadi by the indiscriminate bombing and airstrikes. We came to Karbala so that people would take care of us and help us. We have suffered. Q: Why did you come to Karbala?
A: We came looking for safety. We want to find a place where we can settle down with our children.
Q: Why are waiting in the desert?
A: We are waiting… we came to Karbala because we want them to consider our situation. We need you to help us. Helps and take our situation into consideration. You can see our situation.
Q: What do you think about the security measures? Are they good? Are they strict?
A: They are very good. They helped and let us in and treated us very well from the start. They have been good to us.
Q: What is your name?
A: Shamia Ibrahim.”

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Various of refugees
Close-up of registration plate from Anbar
Medium of refugees eating
Various of security personnel searching vehicles

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Fouad, Refugee from Ramadi
02:44 – 03:24

“You do not feel safe at home. Bombs are falling and there are militiamen. A gas canister costs 40,000 dinars. A liter of gasoline costs 2,000 dinars. A kilogram of tomatoes costs 3,000 dinars. There is no work. We stayed on the road for two days. We were held at each checkpoint for four to five hours. Guards repeat the same procedures at each checkpoint, even though the distance is only 30 km. The procedures are very tough. We have been on the road since the morning and we have not reached Karbala.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman), Um Mohamad, A refugee from Tikrit
03:31 – 04:26

“Q: Where do you come from? A: I have come from Tikrit.
Q: From Tikrit?
A: Yes from Tikrit.
Q: Why did you come to Karbala?
A: We have been displaced. Our homes were bombed. We do not have any houses left. When can we go?
Q: Honestly, what do you think about the way you have been received in Karbala?
A: Thanks be to God, it is good.
Q: Why do you mean by ‘good’? Were you allowed in?
A: The checkpoint let us through, but they are searching us.
Q: [UNINTELLIGIBLE]
A: Let them search. We do not have anything [to hide].
Q: At the end, will they let you in?
A: I do not know. But why would they not let us? We do not carrying anything [threatening].
Q: Who did you exactly run away from? ISIS? The Iraqi army? The Popular Mobilization?
A: I do not know. Everyone fled and we fled with them.
Q: Why did they flee?
A: I do not know. People were scared.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Amjad Ali Talab, Refugee from Anbar
04:27 – 05:56

“From Anbar. We came to flee the suffering due to the bombing by mortars and artillery. We came by car. The checkpoints searched and helped us. They conducted their duties properly and did everything they should. We came to Karbala looking for safety and a place to settle in.”

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Iraqis Flee ISIS Attack on Ramadi and...
Karbala
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Apr 2015

Dozens of Anbar province residents have fled their homes and headed to the Shiite-majority province of Karbala.

People interviewed at checkpoints said that they left their homes in fear of an onslaught by ISIS. They added that they feel safe to be in Karbala.
Anbar is a predominantly Sunni area.

Iraqi government forces have started to dig a trench to isolate desert areas of Karbala from Anbar and Babel provinces. Coverage of this story can be found here: https://transterramedia.com/media/59441

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ali Taleb Abbas al-Jumaili, Displaced person heading to Karbala.
00:00 – 01:30

“I am from Anbar province, al-Karma district. I will go to Baghdad or any other place. Ramadi has been bombed and ISIS has done so much and killed people. There are no safe areas left in Anbar. Interviewer: You are Sunni. Are you not scared of going to a Shiite area?
Why would I be scared? They are our families. My clan is located in Karbala, Hilla, Mahmoudiya.
Interviewer: What do you think about the security measures?
The measures are very good. They are treating us very well. People have been inviting me to stay with them.
Interviewer: What is your name?
Ali Taleb Abbas al-Jumaili."

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Um Eyad, Displaced person heading to Karbala
00:46 – 04:31

“Interviewer: Are you from Fallujah? Yes, Fallujah.
Interviewer: Why did you leave your house and come to Karbala?
We fled the bombing. Rockets have wrecked our homes. We left because we were scared.
Interviewer: How was the road?
It was rough.
Interviewer: Did you all leave your homes?
Yes, we left our homes. God is witness. Houses have been destroyed. We fled because we were scared. We took the families and went away.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Unnamed displaced person heading to Karbala
04:32 – 05:26

“I am from Karma. Interviewer: In Fallujah?
Yes.
Interviewer: Why did you leave your homes?
We left because of the situation. We brought the families and came here.
Interviewer: Was the bombing carried out by ISIS? The Iraqi forces?
We fled ISIS.
Interviewer: Did you feel threatened?
Yes, we did.
We were besieged. We were scared of ISIS and the bombing.
Interviewer: How the people of Karbala, the police and the army receive you?
Thanks be to God, they have done everything they should have.
Interviewer: Why are you sitting here?
We are waiting for the car search to be over. "

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South Sudan Child Refugees 03
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A group of South Sudanese boys play soccer. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 04
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Achol Gurech Nyok, 24, from Jonglei state (Bor town) in South Sudan, hangs clothing. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. Achol and five family members fled after the area where they lived was attacked by rebels in January 2014. "We left running with nothing - we didn't even have time to pack food." It took them two weeks to reach Adjumani, Uganda. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) flew them from Jongelei state to Juba and then put them on a bus to Uganda. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 05
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - South Sudanese refugees wait in line to receive aid at a distribution center. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 06
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Makal Mawut Abour, 14, from Jonglei state, stands in the entrance of a church (under construction) observing a crowd of fellow refugees waiting to receive aid at a distribution center. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 07
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A crowd of South Sudanese refugees wait to receive aid at a distribution site. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 09
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Several South Sudanese boys play a game using bottle caps and rocks they call "End." In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 10
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Mary Agok Hida, 27, makes porridge for her family; it's a family of two wives, their husband and nine children. They're from Jonglei state (Twic East County). After being forced to flee because of the war the family of 12 arrived in Uganda in January 2014. In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 12
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Children of South Sudanese refugees, who fled their country as a result of war, entertain themselves with a dance called "Daluka." In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 13
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Young South Sudanese refugees, who fled their country because of war, entertain themselves with a dance called "Daluka." Once a week they don their best clothing for this social event. However it's not unusual to find children (such as the girl on the right) who have only badly worn or few items of clothing. In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 14
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Regina Aker, 11, center, from Malakal state in South Sudan, picks up debris on the grounds of her home. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 15
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A group of South Sudanese boys play soccer. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 16
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - School children (refugees from South Sudan) loiter on the grounds of their outdoor school; they're waiting to be released for a one-month break. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 17
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - South Sudanese children play a game called "Father or Mother," which involves hopping around a grid. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 18
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - School children (refugees from South Sudan) loiter on the grounds of their outdoor school; they're waiting to be released for a one-month break. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 19
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 27, 2014 - Bor County (Kondai Village - Makuach Payam), South Sudan - Wal Garang Dhiek, 42, (background - second from right) uses a stick embedded with a stone to keep birds from feasting on his sorghum field, as his family relax (left-to-right: his mother Nyaroor Kok Ajok, 70, wife Ayen Nhial Piel, 25, holding their son Nhial Wal Garang, 7-months, a young neighbor and his son Bil Wal Adhik, 5). Thousand of South Sudanese from this region became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. The following is an interview with Wal Garang Dhiek, 42 and his wife Ayen Nhial Piel, 25: Please describe your current situation and the reasons for it. Mr. Dhiek: Life was good prior to the crisis but currently it is not as good. We used to have eight cows and twelve goats; all were stolen by the rebels. The children depended upon the milk from the cows. What is the hardest? Mrs. Piel: Illness is the hardest. The children fall sick and there is no money to see a doctor; they must recover at home. Currently both the baby and my husband's mother are sick. We think the baby may have malaria. His mother is having problems with her back. How has the conflict and the violence affected you and your family? Mr. Dhiek: We had to travel far to seek safety; we fled to Mathinag Island and stayed for three months. We suffered hunger and our barn was burned. The rebels killed my brother who was a soldier. What are your biggest needs at the moment? Mrs. Piel: We need help with the sickness. We can't afford money for medicine. The children need more nutritious food; there's no substitute for the lack of milk. Our main diet is sorghum. Photo by Ric Francis)

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Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 27, 2014 - Bor County (Kondai Village - Makuach Payam), South Sudan - Ayen Nhial Piel, 25, prepares a meal. In the foreground are the burned remnants of the family's barn which was destroyed by looting rebels. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 21
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 28, 2014 - Bor County (Malek Village - Kolnyang Payam), South Sudan - This section of a village has remained abandoned since its residents fled attacking rebels in December 2013. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 22
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 28, 2014 - Bor County (Panweel Village - Kolnyang Payam), South Sudan - Refugees gather under a large three to distribute their monthly food rations. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar, in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 23
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 28, 2014 - Bor County (Panweel Village - Kolnyang Payam), South Sudan - Several children gather on the grounds of a food distribution area. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar, in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Ukraine Refugees 21
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
08 Feb 2015

Actors walk the hallways of the Donetsk Opera during their
performance.

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Ukraine Refugees 22
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
08 Feb 2015

Actors perform at the Donetsk Opera, as fighting continues on the outskirts of the city.

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Ukraine Fighting Displaces Thousands
Debaltsevo, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
07 Feb 2015

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed civilians on both sides, while an attempt to reopen peace talks has stalled. The past week has seen by far the worst fighting in Ukraine since the ceasefire was signed five months ago, exacerbating the refugee situation in the country. This comes as rebel forces announced an offensive that Kiev says amounts to a full repudiation of the truce. 

Fighting in the towns of Uglegorsk and Debaltsevo left tens of Ukrainian soldiers and rebel soldiers dead, while civilians from the area fled to a suburb just thirty kilometers from the frontline in Svetlogorsk. Meanwhile in Donetsk, recently the scene of fierce clashes between Ukrainian forces and rebel units, some residents attend a show at the Donetsk Opera while others stay in the safety of makeshift bomb shelters.

So far, fighting in East Ukraine has left 921,640 internally displaced, including 136,216 children, according to a UN report from January 21. Over 600,000 have left the country, 400,000 of whom have fled to Russia.

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Ukraine Refugees 12
Uglegorsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
07 Feb 2015

Rebel soldiers prepare to take up their positions outside Uglegorsk.

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Ukraine Refugees 13
Uglegorsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
07 Feb 2015

Rebels receive orders from their commander at a check point in Uglegorsk.

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Ukraine Refugees 14
Uglegorsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
07 Feb 2015

A rebel soldier covers his face from the cold at the checkpoint in Uglegorsk, recently taken by rebels.

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Ukraine Refugees 16
Uglegorsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
07 Feb 2015

Locals walk the streets of Uglegorsk, recently taken by rebels in their push for territory in Ukraine's Donbass region.

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Ukraine Refugees 01
Uglegorsk, Ukraine
By Sergey Ponomarev
07 Feb 2015

Destroyed tanks and armored vehicles line the main road in Uglegorsk.