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Fuel Depot on Fire in Kiev Suburb
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

On the night of June 8, 2015, a fire started at an oil depot in the village of Kriachko, near the Kiev suburb of Vasylkiv, in Ukraine. By 1:00 am the fire has not been extinguished and all attempts to put out the flames have not succeeded.

Rescue workers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) have reported that as of that moment the oil is burning outside the tanks, but if a flame enters the tanks a powerful explosion will be triggered.

The methods being used to put out the blaze was ineffective. As was expected, all oil tanks blasted in the morning, causing the death of at least than 10 rescue workers, leaving many others wounded. Rescue staff were forced to leave the spot, but the fire was still on.

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Ceasefire Myth
Donetsk, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
17 Sep 2014

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

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

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

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 13
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
08 Jun 2015

Last night in the village of Kriachko near the Kyiv suburb of Vasylkiv a fire had started at an oil depot. We offer an exclusive report filed by an EMPR special correspondent with live updates.

By 01:00 a.m. the fire has not been extinguished. All attempts to put out the flames have not succeeded. 4 of the 9 tanks continue to burn. Rescue workers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) have reported that as of this moment the oil is burning outside the tanks, but if a flame enters the tanks a powerful explosion will be triggered. The methods being used to put out the blaze are ineffective. Neither water nor the special foam are working given the magnitude of the fire. The only effective way to fight the blaze is to extinguish it from the air. Every emergency rescue workers here knows this, but six hours after the fire started the managers responsible for giving orders and implementing security measures have not give such order.

Liquefied gas is stored close by the storage tanks. If the temperature around the depot rises to critical and taking into account that the flames are not being extinguished another explosion is likely and a humanitarian catastrophe would be assured.

To make matters worse 50 m from the oil tanks is an air base and an ammunition warehouse. This is one of the reasons why it has not been reported to the public. Some of the ammunition has been removed, but most hasn't. The chance that the warehouse will explode is greater than ever.

Most important is that the public has not been informed, security measures are not being implemented, evacuation has not begun. Homes located 200 m from the depot are already engulfed in flames.

Update as of 09:00. New methods were not used to put out the blaze. As was expected, all oil tanks blasted this morning. More than 10 dead among rescue workers, many wounded. Rescue staff were forces to leave the spot, but fire is on.

Public has not been informed so far, evacuation has not begun by the MES & authority. Citizens start evacuation by there own. No one was informed about threat (!).

Update as of 10:00 MES helicopter finnaly were seen over the sky, but with monitoring mission only (!).

Update as of 11:00 Number of casualties among recue workers is very high, but no one counts now as the goal is to stop the fire. Connection with Zhutomyr rescue team, that was close to the blast spot is totally lost.

Evacuation of civilians is not anounced officially, but citizens are reccomended by local police to leave the place.

There is a threat of fire / blast at another depot for oil products as well as at the air base and an ammunition warehouse nearby to current fire zone.

MES helicopters just fly over the spot with monitoring mission with no effort to put out the blaze. An expert says that Ukraine has no specific foam to stop such fire. Those one, which was used is uneffective. Fire is still on...

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According to the State Emergency Service fire at the oil depot outside Kyiv started at 17:29 (Kyiv time) on 8 June. Oil depot of "Pobutrembudmaterialy" LLC is located between Glevakha town and Kryachky village approximately 40 km South-West of Kyiv.

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Despite firefighting measures undertaken the fire kept spreading. At 8:00 on 9 June oil reservoirs detonated causing a blast, reports the State Emergency Service.

Interior Ministry says 1 person was killed and 14 injured as of 12:00. Unofficial reports say the whole Zhytomyr rescue brigade went missing this morning.

Update as of 15:00 State Emergency Service claims to have started evacuation of civilians from the 2 km zone from the fire line. Evacuation from the 10 km zone is foreseen as the next step. However no signs of centralized evacuation were noticed on the ground. Some locals are evacuating on their own.

BRSM-Nafta company that exploits the oil depot in question issued a statement naming arson (terrorist act) as the main cause of fire.

Interior Ministry says fire continues at 9 reservoirs. Fire extinguishing measures are underway.

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 11
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Patrol helicopter was responsible for surveillance operation to control damaged area expansion

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 12
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Kyiv mayor Vladymyr Klichko was in a mobile camp of the State Emergency Service near the catastrophe epicenter

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 10
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Special police forces and the National Guard ensured safety and security along the damaged area perimeter

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 07
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Smoke caused by burning oil tanks could be easily noticed in a nearby Vasylkov town

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 08
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Population centre Kryachky was the closest to the accident epicenter

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 09
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Auxiliary equipment was deployed along the road, leading to the catastrophic centre

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 05
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Fire engineering once on fire, saved by the State Emergency Service personnel

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 06
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

A rescuer applies antipyretic, to help a fireman, suffering burns while extinguishing fire

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 03
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

To rectify consequences of the catastrophe, fire brigades used special heat-reflecting clothing, protecting operators from high temperatures

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 04
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

A rescuer wearing protective outwear hurries to drink water, to get back to the frontline

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 01
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
08 Jun 2015

The fire quickly spread over majority of the oil tanks, caused by failure to properly observe safety procedures

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 02
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Collapsed oil tank released gasoline vapours causing powerful explosion. Firefighters had to draw off leaving some equipment

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Easter presents from volunteers for U...
Kramatorsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
12 Apr 2015

Ukrainian volunteers bring homemade made Easter presents to Ukrainian border guards in Kramatorsk.

Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Easter Celebration in conflict Zone I...
Kramatorsk, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
14 Apr 2015

Liberated Kramatorsk residents celebrate Easter during an open air event.
Kramatorsk is still in the conflict zone in Ukraine and just to remind the city was heavily shelled with Russian MRLS BM9K58 Tornado by Russian mercenaries just two month ago during another day (on Feb 10 2015).
More materials: http://empr.media/news/kramatorsk-shelled-with-russian-missiles-1-civilian-killed-6-wounded
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/shelling-of-kramatorsk-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/kramatorsk-shelled-by-russian-tornado-missiles
http://empr.media/video/conflict-zone/unexploded-russian-tornado-missile-at-kids-playground-in-kramatorsk
https://youtu.be/SFFFL36NKb4
Young and old people now are tired from warfare during a year of Russian military invasion into Ukraine and are glad to celebrate the spring coming.
Full English description and sound bites translation will be provided after request.

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Ukrainian Military Employs Handcrafte...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
30 Mar 2015

Ukrainian forces build custom armored personnel carriers for use on the frontlines of the ongoing conflict.

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Ukraine Front Lines: No Ceasefire, Mi...
Tonen'ke, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
30 Mar 2015

Footage and interviews from Ukraine front lines.

Despite a ceasefire brokered in Minsk between Russia and Ukraine and the pulling back of heavy artillery on both sides, warfare doesn't stop in eastern Ukraine. Russian proxies and regular army continue shelling at Ukrainian forces' positions on daily basis. In the meantime, UA president Poroshenko announced UA volunteer battalions withdrawal from the front lines in eastern Ukraine. Soldiers of the regular UA army fear this decision will turn to many death among UA soldiers that remain to serve there: "The enemy is strong and UA must ensure even stronger defense instead of withdrawal". The following three stories aim to highlight:
1) Who is really supports UA army;
2) What challenges UA soldiers face on the front lines;
3) Why UA soldiers think UA president Poroshenko's decision on "withdrawal" from the front lines is wrong

We have heard and read a lot about volunteers providing food, medical supplies, and other essentials for the Ukrainian soldiers at the front. At the same time the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and government officials have claimed that the government is doing its job in supplying the soldiers with everything they need. EMPR has decided to see for ourselves how things stand in regard to how well the soldiers in the battle zone in eastern Ukraine are being taken care of. In our search for the truth and to bring our readers a firsthand account our correspondent spent two days with a volunteer group in the Donetsk oblast. We want to share with our readers the remarkable, unique system the volunteers have worked out to provide aid to the patriots of Ukraine who with their strength of spirit, desire for justice and often with their own lives are defending our land from the Russian invaders.
Meet the charitable organization "Mother's Watch" in Kyiv. Here volunteers collect aid for the Ukrainian soldiers. Here protective camouflage nets are made, bread and cakes and meat pies are baked, stuffed dumplings and meat balls are cooked, and soup and borshch ingredients are dehydrated. This is where our journey accompanying the volunteers from the "Association of Ukrainian Veterans of Afghanistan" begins. The group of veterans delivers the goods to the soldiers at the front.
We leave Kyiv at night and by morning we arrive in Donetsk oblast. Our first stop is a small village where 11 divisions of a mechanized infantry battalion are based. Here we leave half of the goods. The battalion has been here for three months already. They are tired. And waiting for their rotation to end. Next we're off to the see the "Right Sector."

Story #1
Music is in the air as volunteers from the organization "Mother's Watch" weave camouflage nets for the soldiers and sing their hearts out. Soon the vans arrive. Food, water, and other essentials are loaded into the vans. By the next morning the vans are at the front. They are unloaded and the goods are distributed among the soldiers. The soldiers tell us that if the volunteers did not bring them the supplies they need the army would not be able to keep going for more than two weeks.

Story #2
The soldiers of the Ukrainian Army share with the volunteers all the ceasefire violations the opponent has committed, the problems within the army, and their thoughts on how and by whom Ukraine could be helped in the war against Russian aggression.

Story #3
In February, 2015, Andrei Hrachev, a combat doctor with the 93 Battalion together with other soldiers addressed an appeal to the President of Ukraine in which they called on the president to bring order to the country, to get rid of corruption, and to fulfill the pre-election promises. The appeal was full of obscene language but it hit record highs in popularity. Andrei Hrachev became an Internet star. In March, 2015 Petro Poroshenko issued an order that the volunteer battalions Right Sector and OUN must either become a part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or leave the battle zone. Here is Andrei Hrachev's response to the President's order.

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Ukraine: Bomb Attack Kills Three at K...
Kharkiv, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
22 Feb 2015

A bomb blast (captured in this video) kills three people during commemoration rally for fallen Ukrainian soldiers in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Feb 22 2015 around 13:14. More then 10 people were injured in the attack.

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Aftermath of Heavy Fighting Outside D...
Vuhlehirs'k
By Andrey Samerkhanov
03 Feb 2015

Vuhlehirs'k, a suburb of Donetsk saw heavy fighting between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces on February 3, 2015. Damaged or destroyed tanks, artillery and military transport vehicles, said to be Russian-made, lie smoldering about the city.

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Donetsk Shelled Allegedly by Pro-Russ...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
03 Feb 2015

Footage showing Donetsk residential districts allegedly shelled by pro-Russia rebels artillery on February 3, 2015.

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Refugee Children Celebrate St. Nichol...
Kiev, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
17 Dec 2014

This winter not every Ukrainian child will be waking up in his own bed, in his own home, or in his own city on the morning of St. Nicholas. The war in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts has caused the displacement of more than 500 thousand Ukrainians. Thousands of families have fled eastern Ukraine to save their lives. Government agencies are unprepared to handle such great numbers of internal refugees requiring social services that include housing aid, food aid, and psychological therapy plus incorporating those people into the job market. Volunteer and civic organizations as well as the organized initiatives of the refugees themselves are most effective in solving the above mentioned problems.

On December 17th, 19 volunteers from Kyiv with the support and assistance of concerned Europeans and members of the German Lutheran Church, arranged a St. Nicholas Day celebration for more than 100 children from Eastern Ukraine.

St. Nicholas Day is a holiday the whole world knows. Like children everywhere, children in Ukraine wait for it impatiently every year. The way the holiday is celebrated in Ukraine can differ from region to region and from family to family. It can include going to church for a prayer service. It can include kids painstakingly writing perfectly formulated letters that include a catalog of flawless behavior in the past year and requests for desired gifts.

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Russian Gasoline Tankers Arrive in Do...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Nov 2014

Russian gasoline tankers marked 'огнеопасно' (flammable) in Russian arrive to Donetsk, reportedly to provide fuel to pro-Russia separatists. 'вогненебезпечно' is the word for flammable in Ukrainian, used to designate vehicles transporting flammable liquids.

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

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

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

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

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Biggest Lenin Monument In Ukraine Top...
Kharkiv
By Andrey Samerkhanov
29 Sep 2014

Date: September 29, 2014
Length: 11:22

390 monuments to Lenin have been taken down across Ukraine in the last 10 months.

In 1956, on the 300th anniversary of the City of Kharkiv, the cornerstone of the city’s monument to Lenin was laid in the center of what was then called Dzerzhinsky Square, today Ploshcha Svobody. The monument itself was only unveiled on November 5, 1963 on the 46th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. On this memorable Soviet date, an official wreath-laying ceremony was held at the feet of the Great Leader.
When Ukraine became independent, calls to remove the monument to Lenin, a symbol of totalitarianism, from the city’s center began to circulate. However, for a long time the idea had little support among Kharkiv residents.
Amid the political turmoil gripping Ukraine, on September 28, 2014, Ukraine’s largest monument to the “leader of the proletariat,” standing more than 20 meters high, came down.
At around 19:00 that evening, protesters marched on Ploshcha Svobody, near the Lenin monument. Some demonstrators climbed onto the pedestal and used a grinder to carve out the words “Slava Ukrayini,” meaning “Glory to Ukraine,” into the granite. Then somebody decided to use the tool to carve up Lenin’s legs. The police did not get in the way of the activists who obviously intended to take the statue down.
To speed up the demolition, the monument was wrapped in cables. The crowd began to pull on the 20-meter statue, but nothing happened. The activists tried a few more times to pull Lenin down off his pedestal, and around ten thirty in the evening, the massive monument began to give way. The crowd then threw itself on the fallen Lenin and began to cut the sculpture to pieces.
There is no longer any trace of the monument on Ploshcha Svobody. Freedom Square now contains only the pedestal on which Lenin’s shoes can still be seen. The people of Kharkiv have gathered on at the square to say what they think of this event.

Shot List:

ARCHIVE FOOTAGE
Long shot of the Lenin monument surrounded by people with Ukrainian flags, as well as flags from the famous Azov Battalion and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).
On the monument’s pedestal, men in balaclavas and someone has used a grinder to carve out “Slava Ukrayini” on it.
Medium shot of men in balaclavas cutting off the statue’s legs with a grinder.
Long shot of the Lenin monument. Men in masks continue to cut off the statue’s legs.
People grow impatient near the monument, waiting for it to be toppled.
At Lenin’s feet, people are standing with the national flag and the flag of the Azov Battalion.
An ordinary Kharkivite approaches the monument, looking upset at what’s going on. He’s against toppling Lenin. The men in the balaclavas respond aggressively and push him roughly away from the monument.
A man in a balaclava holds a rope tied to the monument.
The men around the monument continue to dismantle it.
A man points at a fragment of Lenin’s leg noting that it’s bronze.
Men in masks continue to saw off the legs with the grinder while the crowd chants, “Ukraina ponad use.” Ukraine above all.”
Ploshcha Svobody, filled with people.
Medium shot. A man on the monument unwinds a rope.
Long shot. A man on the monument unwinds a rope.
At Lenin’s feet are people with Ukrainian and Azov Battalion flags.
Long shot. The monument is being dismantled.
Close-up. Men in balaclavas cut Lenin’s legs with grinder.
A man in the crowd threatens a woman who says she is against taking down the monument.
A fisticuffs near the monument.
People pull on the Lenin monument with cables.
Men wrap the face up in gauze. As the cables break the monument, Lenin’s eyes pop out.
The statue falls to the ground and people rush towards it, rejoicing.
The crowd chants “Ukraine Ukraine!!”

SOUNDBITE 1
Marharita Vasylieva
“Our opinion is that this was banditry. How can you go and knock down the best monument in Europe? Who was he bothering? The beauty of Kharkiv? This was banditry, and it was taken down by the bandits who came to power. We’re absolutely against this. If we were young, we would defend our Ukraine, but not the bandits. We’re against bandits.” Journalist: Tell me, what’s going on there now? Marharita Vasylieva
“They’re washing it, but you can see for yourself that they scratched ‘Slava Ukrayini’ on it. It’s all scratched up, but the tryzub [trident, Ukraine’s coat of arms] is being washed off.” Journalist: You don’t know who’s washing it down? Marharita Vasylieva
“Some young people. Two young guys with foreign faces, they’re dark. We’re standing pretty far away and it’s hard to see. We’re crying, we’re in mourning.”

SOUNDBITE 2
Sasha
“For these pensioners, these communists, Lenin is their leader, their idol. But I have to live in this country. Of course it’s a shame for them, but when they die, I don’t plan to live my life under these symbols or under this idol who killed the Ukrainian people. I have different ideals. The flag of Ukraine is in my heart, while their hearts have the flag of Russia. We’re from different countries. They’re from the Soviet Union and I’m from Ukraine.”

SOUNDBITE 3
Anatoliy Petrovych
“Well, I think evolution led to this situation. The situation brought about an evolutionary process. It had to happen sooner or later.” Journalist: How about you, are you for or against knocking down the monument?
Anatoliy Petrovych
“Well, if this monument represented the solidarity of the Ukrainian nation, I’d have been against demolishing it, but because it actually represents discord in our country... well, you can draw your own conclusions.”

SOUNDBITE 4
Oleksiy Vasyliovych
“I think this is the real face of the government today—barbaric.” Journalist: Tell me, what’s the square like today, without Lenin?
Oleksiy Vasyliovych
“Ah, not to worry, it’ll be replaced. This is barbaric. When somebody takes something down, those in power are at fault. It’s a real shame.” Journalist: Tell me, why is all this happening anyway?
Oleksiy Vasyliovych
“I don’t get you. It’s barbaric, do you understand? They want to piss people off, so that we start attacking each other.”

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Volunteers Upgrade Ukrainian Tanks, S...
Sloviansk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 8, 2014
Location: Sloviansk, Ukraine
Length: 3:51

When a shaped charge penetrates the armour of a vehicle, there is a massive build-up of heat that burns through the armour and threatens to kill the crew. Shaped charge protection prevents the round penetrating the vehicle armour and triggers the explosion outside the vehicle, in which case, the vehicle is likely to remain combat ready. A resident of Vinnitsa Oblast, Leonid, organized a team of volunteer welders after seeing his fellow countrymen die in conflict. He lead the team to Sloviansk where they are installing shaped charge protection onto Ukrainian combat vehicles.

Myroslav Gai from Kiev served in the National Guard of Ukraine as a volunteer and took part in the ground action in Sloviansk. After being rotated out, he organised a charity to provide aid to servicemen and refugees. Donations from people around the region have been used to buy the necessary materials for Leonid’s team of welders to manufacture and mount the shaped charge protection. Myroslav and Leonid’s objective is to equip 100 armoured vehicles with the potentially life-saving cage.

Shotlist:
A craftsman cuts the metal bars.
A craftsman takes measurements for the protective screens.
Craftsmen welding.
A craftsman demonstrates the mechanical window in the shaped charge protection.
Craftsmen assemble the shaped charge protection screen.
Craftsmen install the shaped charge protection.

SOUNDBITE 1
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The shaped charge protection screen. In simple terms – it is a metal cage encircling the armoured vehicle, which traps the charge, for example a rocket from a RPG (handheld launcher).”

“An incoming RPG charge explodes and burns out between the cage and main armour. The crew, therefore, survives.”

SOUNDBITE 2
Leonid, professional welder
“After losing some of our fellow countrymen, who burned alive because shaped charges hit their armoured vehicles, we decided to create a shaped charge protection. We did all the designing, manufacturing and testing. The live fire test revealed that the armour on the vehicle stays intact.”

SOUNDBITE 3
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The main thing is that these folks can install the protection in the field. There are not many people who would agree to go to a military base, where military action could start at any time.”

SOUNDBITE 4
Leonid, professional welder
“Every protective cage is being welded independently, after which they are all put together and bolted as a single structure. Afterwards, they are welded strongly to the armoured vehicle.”

SOUNDBITE 5
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“Our target is to fix the protection to as many armoured vehicles as possible, since the Ukrainian army has only a limited quantity of such vehicles and those get destroyed in combat, along with the people in them.”

SOUNDBITE 6
Leonid, professional welder
“In a very short period of time we installed the protection onto seven armoured vehicles. At the same time, we install protective screens and repair the vehicles damaged in action.”

SOUNDBITE 7
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“We have managed to collect significant amounts of money through donations. Only the materials used in manufacturing the protection for one vehicle is 24,000 UAH. Leonid thanks God and will take money only to reimburse the materials. The real costs are paying craftsmen’s hours and transportation, which we can’t afford. Therefore, their assistance is appreciated.”

SOUNDBITE 8
Leonid, professional welder
“I receive many text messages from the army unit for which we installed the protection screens. As a rule, I receive them at night. In the morning, my phone is bursting with the phone calls: ‘Thank you so much, uncle Lyonya. We got entrapped and shelled, but all are alive.’ Such gratitude is the most valuable thing I ever encountered in my life.”

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The Talisman
Krasny Partizan
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 7, 2014
Location: Krasny Partizan near Horlivka, Ukraine
Length: 2:06
Ukrainian volunteers supply National Guards and the Ukrainian Army with all necessary equipment – they collect money for medical supplies, kevlar helmets, body armors, etc.. The equipment is then delivered to the troops on the front line.
Ukrainian soldiers also receive support letters from children from all over the country.
Each envelope also contains a talisman; the Swallow in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine.

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Kiev Residents Prepare to Face the Cold
Kiev
By Andrey Samerkhanov
23 Sep 2014

Date: September 20, 2014
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Length: 6:06

Residents of Ukraine risk to face a very cold winter. The threat of gas supplies being cut due to the current conflict sparked panic among Kievans who have already seen the prices for electric boilers jump ten-fold due to increased demand.
Heating homes depends on the supply of natural gas (including gas from Russia), used for heating and hot water. After the devaluation of the national currency, delays in pension payment and lack of jobs, many families cannot afford another big expense.

This video was filmed in the Solomenka district of Kiev, a neighborhood with a low quality of life inhabited mostly by working class, state workers and many retired citizens. The district is dominated with the blocks of Khrushchev and Brezhnev from the 60s and 70s and has an outdated infrastructure - despite multi-billion dollar loans by the World Bank and IMF to Ukraine, at the EU taxpayers’ expense, supposedly for updating the city’s worn out infrastructure.

Shot List:
A woman in her kitchen pours water into a pan while holding her child and puts it on a gas hob to boil
A woman plays with a child near the electrical heater
A school building
A young man with a child standing on the steps of the entrance
A street
Public transport in the street
A Ukrainian balcony
Façade of old multi-story building with gas pipes (yellow pipes installed externally)
Façade of old multi-story building with a number of balconies
Big picture of the gas pipeline
Stickers on the wall of the building advertising house and flat insulation
Stickers advertising electrical boilers installation
A yellow gas pipe on the façade of the building, grates on the ground floor windows
An entrance of the residential apartment block painted in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine
Gas pipes on the façade of the residential buildings
Balconies with drying laundry and Ukrainian flags
A general plan of a residential apartment block

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NATSOT: Kyiv woman with a child in her apartment

VO: The woman has a decent apartment, however, the heating, electricity and gas supply system is shared with all the other people residing in the apartment block. The current situation requires changes to enable electrical heating, however, current power allowances will not sustain the simultaneous use of electric heating by all the residents.

SOUNDBITE 1
“At present, our family uses an electrical kettle or we heat the water on the gas hob. However, if we install the electric boiler we will have to pay significantly more for the electricity. It would be a big hit to the family budget. We cannot pay more than we pay now. Furthermore, when all the residents rely exclusively on electricity the system can get overloaded and not only will they be unable to use an electrical kettle, but electrical heaters either.”

NATSOT: A woman with a stroller in the street

VO: This woman is seriously considering spending winter out of town, where wood/coal heating is available and the electricity prices are one and a half times lower compared to those in the capital. She mentions the price of the boiler being over 5,000 UAH, plus the cost of installation. This amount equals to her salary for two months or a retiree pension for half a year.

SOUNDBITE 2
“Naturally, I am against gas and the hot water cut off. The maximum that we can do is to insulate our windows, exactly what we’ve done. I am not letting us get cold in the winter. We will fight the cold. We will either use the electric heaters or, maybe we will have to leave the city and stay with relatives in the country. This would be possible if the winter break were longer than usual. We certainly will get a boiler installed at home because we are a family of four.”

Journalist: “did you research already the availability and the price of boilers?”

“Last time we inquired about the price in the summer, when we were carrying out a refurbishment. It was expensive even then: around 5,000 to 6,000 UAH. Scary to think how much they may cost now.”

NATSOT: A woman in the street

VO: One woman spoke of a form of about cooperation between the residents where the group makes a joint decision to install gas and water meters. They are trying to come up with the best financial solution. Many insulate windows and walls, but esidents do not believe that gas tanks can be filled in quantities sufficient for the winter. People do not trust the authorities or the new mayor of Kiev, world boxing champion, Vitaly Klichko.

SOUNDBITE 3
“The fact that there is no hot water in the whole city is incredibly inconvenient. So, what do maintenance companies do to improve the situation? They blame the water supply authorities. The water supply authorities blame electricity suppliers. As for us, we have no idea who is really responsible. As a result there is no hot water. At the same time, the gas prices went up and we have to pay for both the gas we use to heat the water and for the hot water we do not receive. We are paying twice. The residents are very unhappy with that. We had to buy plenty of synthetic foam to insulate the walls. What else can we say? When it comes to the electrical heater, energy consumption is not their main downside. It is rather the dry air and the danger of burning oxygen. This is especially noticeable with my little granddaughter, whose skin is getting very dry when the electric heaters are on. I borrowed such a heater a few days ago and returned it. I do not want to use those.”

NATSOT: Two elderly women, sitting on the bench.

VO: Nevertheless, not all Ukrainians complain. Many are prepared to face the hardship, as they understand that the country is at war; and living in the cold is better than being bombed by the Russian Army. That’s what two elderly residents said, sitting on the bench near the apartment block they live in.

SOUNDBITE 4
“Cold winter is better than the war. Peace is the most important thing. One can survive the winter, but hot water and radiators will be of little use against shelling. That is it. If there is electricity one can turn the heater on, if not – we will have to rely on warm duvets, coats and hats. I want to stress once again: I am not afraid of the cold. But I am very much afraid of the war. I am afraid that they will shoot and we don’t know where to hide. We have nowhere to run. That’s why all we can do is sit here and wait.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukraine Ceasefire Breached Again
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
16 Sep 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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