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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

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Germany to halve Ukraine military aid, Reuters reports.

The move comes amid increasing concern that a Donald Trump victory in the upcoming U.S. presidential election will see a dramatic cut in Washington's support for Ukraine's fight against Russian aggression.
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95 Ukrainian POWs released from Russian captivity.

Another 95 Ukrainian defenders have been brought back home, including service members of the Armed Forces, the National Guard, and the Border Guard, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on July 17.
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