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Ukraine: Fragile Ceasefire Marred by ...
Shyrokyne
By Azad Safarov
18 Apr 2015

Ukrainian members of the Azov Batallion exchange machine gun fire with pro-Russian separatists on the Shyrokyne front line, near Mariupol in east Ukraine. Despite the recent ceasefire, firefights and shelling resume, amid fears that the fragile ceasefire is on the verge of breaking down. The commander of the battalion says that the situation in Shyrokyne is very unstable, as pro-Russian separatists continue to fire machine guns and mortars towards their positions.

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On Ukraine's Frontline with the Pravy...
Peski
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Near Donetsk Airport, Peski is one of the main flash-points on the front lines of Ukraine's conflict, defended both by the Ukrainian Army and the far-right Pravy Sektor. Despite pulling back their heavy arms, pro-Russian separatists continue to attack the town with lighter munitions on a quotidian basis.

Our contributor brings us a look into life on the front lines, where the bloody battle continues despite the ceasefire brokered between Russia and Ukraine.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier from the far-right Pravy Sektor stands amid the rubble in front of the administration building in downtown Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A church in downtown Peski has been damaged amid fighting.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A 9 year-old boy continues to live in this half destroyed village with his parents.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A dog left behind in Peski is fed by the Pravy Sektor soldiers.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A woman shows us her apartment in Peski on March 17, 2015. She has been living in basement for many months.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A check point controls traffic at the entrance of Peski, a kilometer and a half from Donetsk Airport.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier stands guard at the Ukrainian check point named "Bridge Republic" in Peski.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier of Praviy Sector after his duty. Here every day seems to be the last one.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Pravy Sektor soldiers regroup in their headquarters in Peski.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Newly arrived soldiers to the Pravy Sektor militia use the machine gun for the first time.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Unexploded mortar rounds like on the ground. Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Peski, just over a kilometer from Donetsk Airport, has been the scene of multiple flare-ups in fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A house where Pravy Sektor soldiers once lived catches fire after being hit by a shell.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Soldiers from the far-fight Pravy Sektor enjoy a barbecue inside their house in Peski, while outside heavy shelling continues.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A soldier from the Pravy Sektor watches Putin's speech on Russian TV at their house in Peski.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

A woman soldier cleans her weapon.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

An injured soldier from the Pravy Sektor is waiting to be transferred to the nearest hospital.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Lev, a soldier from Pravy Sektor was injured on March 17, 2015. Five more soldiers were injured on the same day.

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Peski, Ukraine
By Olya Morvan
17 Mar 2015

Lev, a soldier from Praviy sector was injured in Peski on March 17, 2015. Five more soldiers were injured on the same day.

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Peshmerga Units Clear Explosives Laid...
Kirkuk, Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
08 Feb 2015

The amount of IEDs left by the Islamic State is staggering. 'Not normal', says the mayor of Makhmour. According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of casualties for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the deadly devices, with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. We go to the frontlines with a Peshmerga engineer team specialized in dismantling the devices, and speak to a farmer who is affected by Islamic State IEDs. The mayor of the city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left in August, also weighs in on the subject.

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Renewed FSA Offensive Against IS near...
Aleppo Province
By TTM Contributor 4
22 Sep 2014

September 19-20, 2014
FSA front lines, in Northern Aleppo Province

In the lead up to possible American strikes in Syria, the Free Syrian Army has launched a renewed offensive against ISIS in northern Aleppo province. The FSA frontier extends for 70 KM from the town of Shaeer, in the south, to the Syrian-Turkish border in the north. Managed by Nahrawan al-Sham operation room, the FSA is using many light to heavy weaponry distributed along the frontier. ISIS is taking advantage of the gathering of FSA fighters to attack them with car bombs. This has forced the FSA to increase road blocks and searching points. The two sides continue to attack each other, as they have been for the past two months.

Sound Bites:
Sound Bite 1: (Man, Arabic)
Abu al-Abbas, Heavy weaponry brigade leader in the Nahrawan al-Sham operation room:
“We are now attacking ISIS locations from a 2400m distance with a locally made 90mm mortar. Thank God, we have a strong spirit and we are very motivated in the operation room”.

Sound Bite 2: (Man, Arabic)
Abu Maher, Field leader in Nahrawan operation room:
“We are now stationed in one of the attacking frontiers against ISIS. We are a part of the fighting groups located on the frontier, we are on the first line with ISIS. We are all one and we are all cooperating and working under the orders of the operation room. Throughout the night, many conflicts happen and, in the upcoming few days, there will be movement”.

Sound Bite 3: (Man, Arabic)
Abu al-Laith, a sector leader in the operation room:
“We are stationed and prepared to fight ISIS, we are working under one operation room and any move ISIS makes we will be ready to attack with mortars and heavy weaponry. The distance between us and them is 700 meters”.

Shot List:
Various shots of the fighters preparing the mortar to attack ISIS locations.
A shot of a locally made 90mm mortar firing towards ISIS locations.
Various shots of the fighters on the frontier where they fight ISIS.
Various shots of the FSA fighters aiming at ISIS with heavy weaponry.

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Ras al Ain, Syria
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
13 Apr 2013

April 13, 2013. Muhamed's house is on the old front line. During the last fights, he sent his family to safety and fought the FSA on the other side of the street. The fights lasted 5 days, during which he did not sleep or leave his house. When the fights finished, he wrote: "Even when the parties destroy, burn, and kill everything ... I will not leave my house."