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The Fight for Donetsk Oblast

February 23, 2014 – The eastern part of Ukraine is much more pro-Russian in outlook – and it’s there that Viktor Yanukovich reportedly fled yesterday. International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reports from Donetsk.

April 15, 2014 – Ukraine’s armed forces have launched military operations against pro-Russian separatists, claiming to have recaptured an airport just outside of Kramatorsk. That brought Ukrainian forces into conflict with pro-Russian gunmen. Lindsey Hilsum reports.

April 16, 2014 – In Ukraine, where tensions have simmered for the last few months, pro-Russian activists occupy more administrative buildings despite the passing of a deadline ordering them out. Lindsey Hilsum, international editor, reports from Ukraine.

April 20, 2014 – Last week, Ukraine launched an anti-terror campaign to recapture the cities being occupied by pro-Russia protesters. So far, the campaign hasn’t been going so well. On April 16, the second day of the campaign, Ukrainian military moving into Sloviansk — the focal point of the pro-Russia forces — and gave up their equipment. The armory was brought to the center of town where it has become a local amusement. Elsewhere, crowds of pro-Russia protesters stopped a column of Ukrainian troops in Kramatorsk and made them disarm. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was on the scene as Ukrainian forces disarmed their weapons and vehicles.

October 8, 2014 – As an uneasy ceasefire continues to hold in Eastern Ukraine, VICE News returns to Donetsk with an exclusive film that follows some of the characters involved in setting up the self-proclaimed state of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

In early April 2014, pro-Russia rebels seized the regional administration building and other key institutions in Donetsk, expelling Ukrainian officials and raising their own flag. The rebellion here — and other incidents elsewhere — quickly escalated into a bloody civil war that has left over 2,000 people dead and displaced more than a million. Filmed over six weeks, this documentary follows the chaotic birth of the DPR as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia.

February 27, 2015 – On the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, separatists occupy trenches and trade fire with the country’s army. A few hundred meters from the Ukrainian lines on the outskirts of Donetsk, rebel troops hunker down in a warren of trenches and machine gun nests that would not look out of place in archive images from the First World War.

These positions, on the very southeastern edge of the village of Peski, saw ferocious fighting as the eight-month long battle for nearby Donetsk airport reached its climax in January. Since a ceasefire on February 15, fighting here has eased, but not stopped entirely. The thump of artillery and the rattle of automatic fire still echoes through a blasted landscape of destroyed houses and shattered trees. And this remains one of the key flash points where confined tit for tat fighting could prove the doom of the fragile ceasefire.

November 17, 2021 – Coffee or Die’s Nolan Peterson recently visited Ukraine’s eastern war zone. Moving north to south, he visited three key locations near the cities of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Shyrokyne. After more than seven years, the war is clearly far from over. Ukraine’s military continues to fight against a combined force of Russian regulars and pro-Russian separatists. The conflict blends modern weapons and technology with battlefield conditions similar to those of the World War I trenches.

Soldiers deal with the daily threat of random death by snipers and shelling and drone strikes. At some places, no man’s land can be several miles wide. At others, the Ukrainians and their enemies are close enough to trade shouted insults. In trench warfare, it doesn’t matter how good of a soldier you are, how much you’ve trained, or how many years of combat experience you may possess. In this kind of war, your chances of survival usually just boil down to raw luck.

December 26, 2016 – The simmering war in east Ukraine saw a large-scale escalation last weekend, with five Ukrainian soldiers killed and more than 20 wounded, after separatist militants tried to take over army positions. While fighting is picking up on the front, Jake Hanrahan visited the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) to see how the breakaway region is trying to establish government, and to meet the people living under their rule.

December 16, 2021 – AVDIIVKA – With tensions escalating along the border with Russia, Luke Harding visits troops in Ukraine’s Donbas region to gauge the mood ahead of a possible invasion. The war here has continued since 2014, when pro-Russian fighters attacked Ukrainian territory. But in recent weeks large numbers of separatist troops have entered the region, while talks between Vladimir Putin and US president Joe Biden have not provided the diplomatic solution for which many had hoped.

January 24, 2022 – As Russia amasses its troops along Ukraine’s border, a CBC News crew got rare access to the Donetsk region, controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014 and at war with the rest of Ukraine.

February 8, 2022 – The people of Krymske live right on the frontline of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Armored ambulances, bombed out houses and mine safety lessons in school are an everyday part of life. Sky News’ Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay has visited the embattled town to find out what life is like on the frontline – and what impact this conflict is having on the children of Krymske.

February 20, 2022 – Video footage shows Ukrainian officials, soldiers and foreign journalists running away from what appeared to be shelling as they visited the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine on Saturday. David Arakhamia, the faction leader of the ruling Servant of the People party, said the group drove to an ‘observational outpost’ in the Donetsk region and took shelter when it came under fire by ‘120mm caliber ammunition.’ The group had to be evacuated to a shelter, the spokeswoman for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party said on Saturday

February 22, 2022 – After a week spent in Donbas, our journalists bring back images of a Ukrainian army worn out by years of conflict. The troops now have to confront the suicide of young soldiers at the end of their nerves. In Avdiivka, on the front line, some civilians are willing to join the pro-Russian seperatists zone. Ukrainian inhabitants and soldiers continue to live in fear and uncertainty, while Moscow continues to blow hot and cold on Ukraine. ‘Soldiers live on the razor’s edge. My role is to give them a message of hope’, says Father Oleksandr, who regularly visits soldiers on the front line. There is a high rate of suicide in the Ukrainian army, as soldiers begin to lose hope. ‘Russia is like a dragon with many heads. You cut off one head and three more grow back’, says Zurab, an officer in the Ukrainian army.

April 14, 2022 – Eight people were wounded as a result of shelling by the Russian army of the village of Cherkaske in the Donetsk region. Severely wounded were transported to the city of Dnipro, where they are already receiving medical treatment. According to preliminary estimates, the residential building, which was hit by a Russian rocket, cannot be repaired.

May 5, 2022 – Somewhere in the Donetsk region, war has become everyday life. Every day they resist pro-Russian mercenaries and the Russian military and prepare for a possible breakthrough attempt. Ukrainian fighters are tired of constant fighting, but methodically do their job – to complete victory over the enemy.

June 15, 2022 • As Russian forces close in around Severodonetsk, Sky News’ John Sparks joins a volunteer ambulance team. The Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital work night and day despite the violence, to pick up injured Ukrainian soldiers.

June 23, 2022 – With exclusive footage from the encircled city of Severodonetsk, ITV News tells the story of how the invasion of Ukraine has become a war of attrition and artillery. Our team speaks to fighters in the Donbas region and witnesses a Russian attack on a residential building. Oleksiy Arestovych, an advisor to the Ukrainian president, reveals how the country’s armed forces believe the destruction of some cities in the country’s east could lead to victory in the long run.

July 5, 2022 – Ukrainian troops are preparing for the defense of the eastern Donetsk province. Russian forces have set their sights there as their next objective, after claiming victory in neighboring Luhansk province with the capture of Lysychansk city over the weekend.

July 28, 2022 – Sky News’ Alex Rossi visits people living on the front line of the eastern Donbas, where residents live under the threat of constant shelling. As the war in Ukraine enters its sixth month, Ukrainian soldiers are grateful for western long-range artillery.

July 31, 2022 – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his government is ordering the mandatory evacuation of people in the eastern Donetsk region in the face of the harsh military clashes with the Russian army.

August 5, 2022 – Russia loses first woman officer in Ukraine l why Lt Col Olga Kachura was called Putin’s ‘She Wolf’

October 4, 2022 – Ukraine continues to be on a military roll. Its army has made its biggest breakthrough against Russian forces in the south of the country since the war there began. Ukrainian troops are advancing near the southern city of Kherson after recapturing several villages in the region. They’ve also consolidated gains in the east. Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum has tracked the route of the Ukrainian counter-offensive from Izium toward Lyman – stopping in the villages of Yatskivka and Sviatogirsk along the way.

Alex Crawford of British Sky News is one of the bravest and most effective war reporters covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, started by Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022.

October 6, 2022 – Alex Crawford and her camera crew are reporting the news right in the middle of a group of Ukranian soldiers from the 103rd Separate Brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces. They are working in the small settlement of Yampil (Ямпіль), near the crucial railway junction of Lyman (Лиман) in Donetsk Oblast (Донецька область), Ukraine, that was just captured by the Ukrainian Army from the Russians the night before.

Alex Crawford starts her report, “They’re hunting for Russians . . .” The soldiers of the 103rd are carefully working their way through hidden explosive traps while clearing demolished civilian homes and other shattered buildings destroyed by Russian artillery. They are carefully hunting for Russian soldiers hiding in the ruins, while also conducting search and rescue ops, looking for wounded Ukrainian civilians, trapped in the wreckage of the village.

For British Sky News war reporter Alex Crawford and her camera crew, this is just another ordinary day. She and her camera crew are always in the front of the action, just a day or so behind the Ukrainian Army. I have rarely seen Alex Crawford reporting from Kyiv (Київ) or from some other big, relatively safe city, far back from the front lines, like the reporters of other news agencies. For other reporters it is, “Very dangerous, Indy. You go first.” For Alex Crawford of Sky News and her camera crew it is, “Follow me.”

October 8, 2022 – Alex Crawford of Sky News interviews Ukrainian civilians and soldiers of the 103rd Separate Brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces. Alex is reporting from the small village of Torske, in Donetsk Oblast of eastern Ukraine, exactly on the frontline of the Russia-Ukraine War.

October 19, 2022 – The commander of Russian forces in Ukraine has admitted that the situation in the east of the country is “tense” as Ukrainian troops continue to advance in the Donbas region and towards the city of Kherson in the south. Russian officials have told residents they should leave Kherson. They say they are expecting Ukrainian forces to launch an attack on the city “in the very near future.” Ukrainian forces are also continuing their advance in the Donbas region around the key city of Lyman. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Jonathan Beale and camera operator Lee Durant near Lyman.

November 7, 2022 – This footage reportedly shows Ukrainian troops from the 3rd Battalion of the Independent Presidential Regiment defending their positions in the Donetsk Oblast region. The troops can be seen firing guns and throwing explosives at Russian forces to defend their trenches. The headcam footage recorded on a GoPro shows the perspective of one Ukrainian soldier and he fires at the Russian troops. This conflict was reportedly recorded near the Donetsk Oblast region. This footage has not been verified by The Sun.

December 16, 2022 – Moscow is trying to seize more territory in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, currently one of the war’s hottest areas. Russian forces are said to be sending small reconnaissance units to probe for weaknesses in Ukraine’s defenses. Ukrainian troops are pushing back against enemy attacks.

December 22, 2022 – Since March, the positions near Avdiivka have been defended by the soldiers of the 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade named after Lieutenant General Marko Bezruchko, which was formed during the full-scale Russian invasion to Ukraine. For the ninth month infantrymen of one of the units have been holding back the Russian offensive in the Avdiivka direction. hromadske visited the positions of the military, who daily repel enemy attacks. The 28-year-old unit commander with callsign “Warr” says he is proud of his subordinates – many of whom are older than him – and has no doubt in the unit’s ability to hold the line.

December 23, 2022 – In the once-thriving settlement of Velyka Novosilka in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, people have endured almost 10 months of war. Located less than 2 kilometers from the front, they endure Russian shelling by huddling together in cellars, sharing a stove, and keeping each others’ spirits up.

January 2, 2023 – At least 63 Russian troops have been killed in a Ukrainian missile attack in the occupied Donetsk region, according to Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

January 2, 2023 – Ukraine says it has killed some 400 Russian soldiers in a missile attack in the occupied Donetsk region. The missile targeted a building in the city of Makiivka. Russian forces are believed to be stationed there. Details have yet to be confirmed. It comes as Kyiv and the rest of the country continues to face wave after wave of Russian drone and missile strikes. France 24’s Luke Shrago reports.

Makiivka (formerly Dmytriivsk) is an industrial city in Donetsk Oblast in eastern Ukraine, located 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) from the capital Donetsk. Makiivka is a leading metallurgical and coal-mining center of the Donets Basin, with heavy industry and coking plants supporting the local steel and coal industries. While internationally recognized as part of Ukraine, the city has been under the de facto administration of the Donetsk People’s Republic since its capture by pro-Russian forces in 2014. It has an estimated population of 338,968 (2022).

January 2, 2023 – An apparent Ukrainian strike in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine appears to have killed a large number of Russian troops housed next to an ammunition cache, according to the Ukrainian military, pro-Russian military bloggers and former officials. According to both Ukrainian and pro-Russian accounts, the strike took place just after midnight on Sunday, New Year’s Day, on a vocational school in Makiivka housing Russian conscripts, in the Donetsk region. Ukraine says that about 400 Russian soldiers were killed in the HIMARS missile strike. Russia admits to 63 Russian soldiers killed.

January 2, 2023 – The Russian Ministry of Defense says at least 63 Russian soldiers were killed New Year’s Day in the city of Makiivka in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. CBS News foreign correspondent Ian Lee joined Lana Zak to discuss the missile strike, as well as the ongoing Russian attacks in the Ukrainian cities of Bakhmut and Kyiv.

January 4, 2023 – “A dissident general has been mocking the Kremlin for a long time about how incompetent they’re conducting this war.” Many captured troops mobilized by Putin have been misled to believe they are defending Russia from Poland Professor Michael Clarke tells Times Radio.

January 5, 2023 – A Ukrainian missile attack has killed dozens of Russian conscripts in Makiivka. Ukraine confirmed it carried out the strike in the occupied region of Donetsk, which it earlier claimed killed 400 Russian troops. Russia’s defence ministry has so far conceded that 89 people were killed in the attack. It is the highest number of deaths acknowledged by Russia since it invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022. However, there is no way of verifying how many soldiers were killed.

January 13, 2023 – Funerals have been taking place in Russia for some of the dozens of soldiers killed in a Ukrainian strike on New Year’s Day. Russia claims 89 soldiers died, although Ukraine insists more than 400 were killed in the attack. Many of the dead came from the city of Samara in southern Russia. Sky’s Moscow Correspondent Diana Magnay reports.

January 15, 2023 – Join our journalist, Anna Kaliuzhna, as she delves into the heart of the war in the Donetsk region, and offers a firsthand account of the daily struggles and perseverance of our defenders on the front line. From the challenges of delivering food and maintaining basic necessities, to the strategies for survival under constant shelling, this report provides a compelling and sobering glimpse into the reality of life on the front line.

00:36 – The logistics of delivering food to the front line
01:50 – A glimpse into the makeshift kitchen facilities
02:50 – The sources of inspiration and motivation for our defenders
03:27 – The harsh realities of living on the frontline
05:20 – A closer look at the living conditions of our defenders
07:46 – The makeshift washing facilities available to the soldiers
08:13 – The state of communication and internet access on the front line
08:20 – A tour of the defensive positions
09:09 – How the soldiers have organized their lives in the face of constant fire
09:40 – The food provisions available to our defenders
11:20 – The resourcefulness of the soldiers in digging trenches
13:00 – The daily struggles on the frontline
14:30 – The importance of finding moments of rest amidst the chaos
16:35 – The dreams and aspirations of our defenders in the face of adversity.

February 21, 2023 – Almost from the very beginning of the full-scale invasion, Marinka, a small town in the Donetsk region, has been at the epicenter of fierce fighting. The Russians have been storming in and retreating, but eventually managed to gain a foothold in part of the town. Ukrainian paratroopers continue to hold Marinka. In the town, fierce battles occur not just for every house – sometimes even for every story of a building, as the fighters of the Air Assault Brigade say. Entry to the city itself is restricted for security reasons. hromadske visited the positions of the 79th Air Assault Brigade, which recently took part in the battles inside the town. Some of them prefer not to recall how it was – to repel Russian attacks in Marinka.

February 24, 2023 – Bohorodichne is a village in the Donetsk region located in the Holy Mountains National Nature Park. During the spring, summer and partly autumn, some of the fiercest battles took place here. Two residents remained in the village during the occupation, and three more people have returned to the village today. According to the locals, the village changed hands up to 14 times from the Ukrainian to the Russian army. Finally, at the beginning of September, it was finally released by the 3SU. But what is left of the village and what it looks like today, what local residents remember and think about the future, this is all about it in another documentary film from the Khashchi project.

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March 20, 2023 – Residents in the village of Bohorodychne in Ukraine’s Donetsk region say the village has changed hands 14 times between Ukrainian and Russian forces. Current Time’s Borys Sachalko visited and spoke to some of the seven people who remain in what was once a large settlement.

March 21, 2023 – Russians are continuing their attempts to capture Avdiivka in Donetsk region. The Ukrainian military say that recently “the escalation has been felt” in this area. The Russians are trying to surround the city after a year of unsuccessful attempts to break through the Ukrainian defense. Gunners of the 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade are helping the infantry to repel these attacks. At the beginning of February of 2023, hromadske filmed the unit that now uses the RM-70 Vampire multiple rocket launcher system, the Czechoslovakian analog of Soviet-made Grads. Gunners of the Brigade received this MLRS system as part of the help from Western allies.

April 12, 2023 – Precedent-setting footage from a battle in Donetsk Ukraine over a T-shaped set of trees depicts some of the most visceral combat footage we’ve seen to-date. Under most circumstances, we see small pieces of a larger operational picture, without the context to understand the gravity of even small-scale battles. Ronnie Adkins breaks down a summary of the footage.