Morrison: begs US not to forget Ukraine conflict

A former National Security Council official is among the second set of witnesses to appear before the House Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday. Tim Morrison begs U.S. not to “lose sight of military conflict underway in Eastern Ukraine.” (Nov. 19)

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Ukraine: Italian football hooligan turns pro-Russian separatist

Palmeri, a former leader of a group of supporters for the football team in Lucca, central Italy, faces jail sentence at home for the gang’s neofascist views and violent activities. He fled the country in 2014 to go fighting as a ‘volunteer’ with the separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

MH17 tragedy: 3 years on, questions remain

Monday marks three years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down over Eastern Ukraine.

The tragedy killed all 298 passengers and crew on board.

Since then, blame has frequently been prematurely apportioned – even though the ongoing criminal investigation continues to raise new questions.

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‘They think we’re terrorists, have no pity’: Eastern Ukrainians to RT as conflict marks 3 years

Marches to commemorate the Maidan activists or soldiers killed in the ongoing civil conflict in Eastern Ukraine are held every year in Kiev.
The main square turns into one large monument to the victims…but only for those from one side of the barricades…
Murad Gazdiev traveled to the OTHER side of the conflict line – this is his report from Donetsk.

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Data shows no aerial objects approached MH17 from the east – Russian MoD

There are new details on the fate of the MH17 passenger jet accident, after Russia’s Defence Ministry released radar data from the day of 2014 tragedy in Eastern Ukraine. According to the military, there’s no evidence of a missile being fired at the plane from the territory controlled by anti-government forces.

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Shellshocked: Ukraine’s Trauma (Trailer)

It’s been two years since pro-Russia separatists in Eastern Ukraine broke away from the rest of the country, triggering a war that has killed more than 9,000 people, displaced 1 million civilians, and left entire towns and villages in ruins.

Ukraine’s government was wholly unprepared for the conflict, and its armed forces had been hollowed out by years of mismanagement even before the fighting began. As a result, Kiev has relied on tens of thousands of inexperienced volunteers to fight the brutal civil war. The country’s healthcare system had little experience dealing with the range of physical and psychological injuries sustained by soldiers and civilians, and many have been left struggling to deal with the traumatic aftermath.

Amid a fresh wave of heavy clashes in Eastern Ukraine, VICE News traveled to the country to investigate the war’s impact on soldiers and civilians, and to see how volunteer groups are stepping up to help.

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Masked Men Storm Government Building in Eastern Ukraine: VICE News Quick Hit

About 50 men forcibly entered the city council building in Ukraine’s second-largest city on Wednesday.

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VICE News Daily: Invisible Wounds of War in Eastern Ukraine

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Hundreds return to a liberated Tikrit, the cost of war for the mentally ill in eastern Ukraine, Peru deals with a dengue epidemic, and the humble animal that’s protecting a California research lab from wildfires.

IRAQ
Residents Return One Year After the Fall of Tikrit
Hundreds have come back to the city three months after pro-government militia recaptured it from Islamic State militants.

UKRAINE
Invisible Wounds of War Deepen in the East
Psychiatric patients face a shortage of medication and supplies as well as a lack of basic care.

PERU
Stage of Emergency in Some Regions as Dengue Fever Spreads
There are nearly 9,000 more cases in the first half of this year than all of 2014.

U.S.A.
The Four-Legged Guardians of a California Research Lab
The Berkeley Lab has used goats to clear tall grasses and shrubs known to spread wildfires quickly.

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VICE News Daily: Fighting Ramps Up in Eastern Ukraine

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: heavy shelling killed five and destroyed homes in eastern Ukraine, Spain is correcting a centuries-old ‘historical mistake’ against Jews, Russia and Egypt are conducting naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea, and drought-stricken Californians are calling out neighbors who don’t follow water consumption rules.

UKRAINE
Heavy Fighting Picks Up in Donetsk
Four people including one child were killed when shelling hit homes near Donetsk.

SPAIN
A Path to Citizenship for Thousands of Sephardic Jews
A new bill will make it possible for Jews to obtain dual citizenship.

WAR GAMES
Russia and Egypt Hold Joint Naval Exercises
Operation Friendship Bridge 2015 focuses on air and naval defense capabilities in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.S.A.
California Residents ‘Drought-Shamed’ for Wasting Water
Drought shamers roam around with cell phones in hand to call out people who aren’t following water consumption rules.

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Selfie Soldiers: Russia Checks in to Ukraine (Trailer)

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As the conflict in Ukraine continues, so too does Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of any Russian involvement. But a recent report from think tank the Atlantic Council used open source information and social media to find evidence of Russian troops across the border.

Using the Atlantic Council’s methodology, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky follows the digital and literal footprints of one Russian soldier, tracking him from Eastern Ukraine to Siberia, to prove that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

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VICE News Daily: What Ceasefire? Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine

The VICE News Capsule is a daily news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: The lull is over in the fight for eastern Ukraine, a new Colombian law promises harsher sentences for crimes against women, what may come of Turkey’s Hagia Sophia, and a food safety scare in India.

UKRAINE
Violence Escalates in the Country’s East
Clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels in and around Donetsk.

COLOMBIA
Law to Impose Harsher Penalties for Crimes Against Women
Those convicted can now be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

TURKEY
The Fate of the Hagia Sophia Hangs in the Balance
The country’s secularists are outraged by Islamist demands for the museum’s conversion to a mosque.

INDIA
Nestle Noodles Banned Over Safety Concerns
Food inspectors found unsafe levels of lead in several packets of Maggi instant noodles.

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VICE News Daily: Yemeni Refugees Flee to Somalia

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemeni refugees seek safety in Somalia, tuberculosis is running rampant in Eastern Ukraine, more than 15 corpses were stolen from their graves in Peru, and Australia is developing a new shark repellent.

SOMALIA
Yemeni Refugees Flee Fighting
Thousands more are expected to seek safety in the Horn of Africa.

UKRAINE
Tuberculosis Spreads in Prison Hospitals
At least 170 inmates have developed drug resistant TB as prisons are cut off by fighting.

PERU
Corpses Stolen From Graves
More than 15 corpses were taken from their coffins in Lambayeque province.

AUSTRALIA
Seals Provide Clues To Prevent Shark Attacks
Scientists are studying whether sharks mistake their prey for surfers.

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Food Crisis in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 103)

Though it’s within Ukraine, the area separating government-held territory and the region controlled by pro-Russia separatists has started to resemble an international border. There, at checkpoints, Ukrainian soldiers stamp passports, and stop and inspect trucks carrying goods to the rebel-controlled east. According to drivers prevented from crossing into separatist territory, the soldiers are purposefully preventing food from getting through.

In the east, food is becoming increasingly scarce. But instead of inspiring unrest and anger at pro-Russia forces, the shortages seem to inspire locals to blame the Ukrainian government.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to the front lines in the Donbas to cross the de facto border, then headed into separatist-controlled territory to gauge the seriousness of the growing food crisis.

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On the Front Lines with the Ukrainian Army: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 89)

Since mid-January, fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in Eastern Ukraine has escalated. Dozens of civilians have died due to the heavy shelling.

The rebels of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) have been attacking Ukrainian Army positions in an effort to reach the city of Sloviansk. In this dispatch, VICE News travels to the Ukrainian Army’s front lines in the village of Kodema to see how soldiers there, clad in German and British gear that has been donated to them, are preparing for the much talked-about DNR offensive.

We also visit the Ukrainian-controlled mining town of Dzerzhynsk to see firsthand what effects the fighting between the two sides has had on the local population.

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Fighting Escalates in Eastern Ukraine: VICE News Capsule, January 26

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Shelling kills dozens of civilians in eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Tokyo protesters criticize prime minister’s response to hostage situation, journalist who first reported on death of Argentinian state prosecutor flees to Israel, and three densely populated Brazilian states are facing their worst drought since 1930.

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UKRAINE
Shelling Leaves Dozens Dead in Mariupol
President Petro Poroshenko says a de-escalation of the conflict is the only way forward.

JAPAN
Tokyo Protesters Criticize Government Response to Hostage Crisis
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to heed to the Islamic State’s demands of $200 million in exchange for the release of two Japanese hostages. One is believed to have been executed after the Friday deadline was not met.

ARGENTINA
Journalist Who First Reported Nisman Death Flees to Israel
Damian Pachter said he left because he feared for his life. Alberto Nisman was found dead the night before he was due to testify that he suspected the country’s president had conspired to cover up a notorious 1994 bomb attack.

BRAZIL
Severe Drought Persists in Densely Populated States
The environment minister says residents in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Minas Gerais must conserve water to cope with the worsening situation.

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The Firefighters of Donetsk: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 85)

For the past six months, Donetsk has been a war zone. Firefighters in the area have not only had to cope with their stations being understaffed, but with putting out fires from shelling and mortars, a task they’ve never previously had to do, and now perform as many as 12 times a day.

In this dispatch, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited the firefighters of Fire Station 4, located near the Donetsk International Airport that is the site of an ongoing battle between the pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian military.

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Life in a Bunker in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 84)

On November 3, the citizens of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic elected Alexander Zakharchenko as their prime minister, marking a supposed turning point in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In the days after the election, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky interviewed civilians in Donetsk about their lives over the past few months — visiting locals working in a market that sits dangerously close to the ongoing battle for Donetsk’s airport, as well as others who have been living in a bomb shelter for months following the destruction of their homes.

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The Donetsk People’s Republic

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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.

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Ukraine’s President Insists The War Hasn’t Been Lost: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 79)

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On Monday, September 8, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited Mariupol — where the ceasefire was broken just a few days earlier — to boost morale and hand out medals to Ukrainian soldiers. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was there, and asked President Poroshenko at the press conference whether he thought he had lost the war in Eastern Ukraine. President Poroshenko adamantly repeated that the war had not been lost, despite the fact that a great deal of territory in the East was still not under Ukrainian control. He also emphasized that he is optimistic this territory will be gained back, because the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is not a matter of negotiation.

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Fallen Rebel Fighters Treated in Russia: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 70)

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Last week, a VICE News crew traveled to the Rostov Region in Russia, which is on the border of Ukraine, to investigate Moscow’s involvement in the conflict. We visit a hospital where injured rebel fighters were brought by Russian forces to be treated for their injuries, and speak to them about their take on the current crises in Eastern Ukraine. Recently, Russia has engaged in a campaign of sending over humanitarian convoys over to Ukraine by day. But under the darkness of night, it is rumored that Russia has been sending weaponized columns over the border to aid the rebels.

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Retrieving the Remains of Flight MH17: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 62)

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One week after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard, authorities have yet to determine for certain who was responsible for launching the missile that destroyed the plane. Many Ukrainians, however, are convinced it was the pro-Russia rebels who committed the act of “terrorism;” Russia continues to deny involvement.  

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky is in Kharkiv as the investigation continues. He attends a pro-Ukrainian rally, then travels to the Kharkiv airport, where the bodies of many of the passengers arrive to be sent back to the Netherlands for identification and burial.

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Hunting Separatists in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 56)

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Although Pro-Russia separatists have been largely driven out of Donetsk and Luhansk, they still control significant parts of eastern Ukraine. In this dispatch, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky goes hunting for separatists with Oleh Lyashko, a Ukrainian politician who placed third in the most recent presidential election. Ostrovsky embeds with Lyashko’s personal security forces as they successfully track down Viktor Rybalko, a pro-Russia separatist who organized the referendum in Luhansk calling for independence and allegiance with Russia. What Lyashko does is technically illegal, but he believes that the police are not doing their job and has taken it upon himself to bring order back to eastern Ukraine.

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