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Asami Terajima: A toast to my fallen friends in Donbas

Asami Terajima: A toast to my fallen friends in Donbas

by Asami Terajima

Editor's Note: The Kyiv Independent is not disclosing the full names of soldiers due to security concerns amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. DONETSK OBLAST – Watching my friend Vitalii prepare grilled pork skewers during my latest trip to Donetsk Oblast in February, we were thinking about one thing: the summer

Year of war fails to dislodge residents from front-line town

Year of war fails to dislodge residents from front-line town

by Igor Kossov

VELYKA NOVOSILKA – Lyubov Andreeva, a retired builder, helped create the small town of Velyka Novosilka with her own hands. “All that there is in Novosilka, my hands were there,” the 73-year-old recollected, sitting in one of the town’s underground shelter-communes. “We had a stonemason, a plasterer, a painter, a

Understanding Russia’s relentless assault on Bakhmut

Understanding Russia’s relentless assault on Bakhmut

by Francis Farrell

Water-logged trenches, shredded tree lines, and an undulating, colorless landscape of mud: The visual experience of the battles outside Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast have proved to transcend centuries. When Ukrainian machine-gunner Viktor Borinets’ photos of conditions on the first line of defense went viral, the comparisons to the notoriously grim

People of Kramatorsk endure war by living and helping

People of Kramatorsk endure war by living and helping

by Igor Kossov

KRAMATORSK, Donetsk Oblast — Artur Serdiuk had just climbed under the covers at half past four in the morning, when the Russian airstrike hit 25 paces from his house. When he opened his eyes and came out from under the dust and debris his ceiling had turned into, he saw that

Evacuees from occupied Donbas get cold welcome in Russia

Evacuees from occupied Donbas get cold welcome in Russia

by Thaisa Semenova

Amid Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine, people from Kremlin-occupied Donbas remain the least protected group, having no rights or freedoms, and being dependent on the will of the Kremlin and militant groups under its control. On Feb. 18, heads of Kremlin’s proxies in occupied Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts began

Putin says Russia-backed illegitimate 'states' in eastern Ukraine have claim to entire regions of Donetsk, Luhansk

Putin says Russia-backed illegitimate 'states' in eastern Ukraine have claim to entire regions of Donetsk, Luhansk

by Igor Kossov

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the rightful borders of the illegitimate Russia-backed "states" in eastern Ukraine extend to the whole region of the Donbas, which is considerably bigger than the currently occupied areas. The announcement further escalates the tension that spiked after Russia officially recognized the two proxies late

Kurt Volker: Don’t let Russia fool you about Minsk agreements

Kurt Volker: Don’t let Russia fool you about Minsk agreements

by Kurt Volker

Editor’s Note: This opinion was originally published by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). The Kyiv Independent is reposting it with the author's permission. The deals reached several years ago are far from perfect, but they nonetheless offer a way to talk to Russia while pressing it not

Javelin anti-tank missiles seen deployed to Donbas

Javelin anti-tank missiles seen deployed to Donbas

by Illia Ponomarenko

The U.S.-produced man-portable anti-tank missile systems, FGM-148 Javelins, have been seen deployed to the war zone of Donbas with Ukrainian combat formations. Following earlier unverified claims by Ukrainian officials, journalists recorded the Ukrainian military operating these weapons as Russia concentrated nearly 100,000 troops near the border and

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FT: Russia may be gearing up for large-scale offensive against Ukraine.

Russian forces may be preparing for a large-scale offensive in late spring or summer, aiming to capture more land in Ukraine's partially-occupied Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, the Financial Times reported on April 13, citing unnamed Ukrainian and Western officials.
5:15 AM

Russia attacks 12 border communities in Sumy Oblast.

Russian forces attacked 12 communities along the Sumy Oblast border on April 12, causing over 100 explosions. Bilopillia suffered the heaviest assault, with mortar attacks causing 20 explosions throughout the day.
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