The War May Be Over: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 110)

It’s been a few months since VICE News has been in eastern Ukraine, and violence in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions has died down — suggesting that the Minsk ceasefire deal is finally sticking.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels from what was once the front line in Luhansk to surrounding towns that were once under constant bombardment to speak with soldiers, government officials, and residents about their hopes for the future.

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Liberia Schools Reopen Following Ebola Shutdown: VICE News Capsule, March 3

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Pro-Russia rebels help villagers cope with a food shortage in eastern Ukraine, Bangladeshi authorities make arrest in hacking death of atheist blogger, fires destroy hundreds of homes in the Philippines, and Liberia’s school officially open following seven-month Ebola shutdown.

UKRAINE
Rebels Distribute Bread Amid Food Shortage in Luhansk
Fighters of the Luhansk People’s Republic are using a ‘field kitchen’ to feed residents of a village near Debaltseve.

BANGLADESH
Authorities Detain Man in Hacking Death of Blogger
Islamist blogger Farabi Safiur Rahman allegedly threatened Avijit Roy multiple times before his murder.

PHILIPPINES
Fires Destroy Hundreds of Homes
As temperatures rise with the arrival of summer, thousands of people have been impacted by recent blazes in and outside the capital Manila.

EBOLA
Schools Reopen in Liberia, U.S. Nurse to Sue Texas Hospital
Students are back in the classroom after seven months at home. And 26-year-old Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola from a patient last year, says her employer failed to adequately prepare.

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No Letup in Fighting Across Eastern Ukraine: VICE News Capsule, February 11

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Shelling kills dozens on both sides of Ukraine’s conflict ahead of peace talks, Amsterdam announces plans for brothel run by prostitutes, report says lynchings were more widespread in America’s Jim Crow era of racial segregation, and U.S. Navy is using drone boats to protect its assets at sea.

UKRAINE
Intense Shelling Kills Troops and Civilians Days Before Minsk Talks
Over the past few days, rocket attacks by separatists and Ukrainian military forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have killed dozens of people.

NETHERLANDS
New Brothel Plans Will Leave Amsterdam’s Pimps in the Dark
City officials hope to protect and empower sex workers by giving them a chance to work at a business they actually run.

U.S.A.
Report Estimates Nearly 4,000 Lynchings in the Jim Crow South
That figure is about 700 more than previously thought.

WAR GAMES
U.S. Navy Looks to Use Unmanned Boats to Defend Ships
​Self-guided drone boats equipped with Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS) can coordinate synchronized attacks and won’t crash into each other or fire on friendly ships.

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Sentenced to Death by a Crowd: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 86)

During the war, various areas of eastern Ukraine under separatist control have been under the jurisdiction of field commanders, who run these areas under their own laws.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Alchevsk in the Luhansk region to interview Alexei Mozgovoi, who’s been running a “people’s court” in which people are tried for various crimes, from rape to theft, with residents acting as the jury.

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Ukrainian Military Recaptures Occupied Cities: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 64)

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After the Ukrainian military recaptured various cities across eastern Ukraine this week, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited Debaltseve, a town at a strategic crossroads between Donetsk and Luhansk. The army appeared to be using the victory in Debaltseve to isolate those two rebel-held cities while it prepared to retake the MH17 crash site. Its successful campaign has come at a high cost of civilian deaths and troop casualties, however, forcing refugees to flee the fighting as the army works its way south.

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Searching Through the Debris of Flight MH17: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 61)

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Last week, a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. It has yet to be confirmed who shot it down, but US and Ukrainian officials have blamed the pro-Russia rebels.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky is in the Luhansk region with the Ukrainian military to see what, if anything, has changed in the conflict after the plane disaster.

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Rebels Shoot Down Ukrainian Military Plane: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 59)

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Weeks into the separatists’ siege of Luhansk airport, the Ukrainian military attempts a risky plan to lift the siege and resupply their stranded comrades. Although the bid to break through rebel lines is successful, it comes at a heavy price; the following morning, rebel forces celebrate their kills.

And just three days before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is shot down over eastern Ukraine, rebel forces shoot down a Ukrainian military transport plane. VICE News arrives at the still-smoldering crash site as locals pick through wreckage looking for souvenirs to keep and scrap metal to sell.

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Civilians Suffer from Bloody Military Campaign: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 57)

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Two weeks after the separatist rebels of the Donetsk People’s Republic fled their stronghold of Sloviansk, Ukraine’s anti­-terror operation continues. In the neighboring region of Luhansk, the Ukrainian military has been battling with separatists for control of Luhansk city and its strategically important airport — but with both sides using artillery, homes are being destroyed and people are being killed. Meanwhile near Donetsk, fighting has reached outlying villages as the military looks to encircle separatist forces inside the city, who vow to make their last stand among its 1 million inhabitants.

VICE News speaks to the civilians in Luhansk and Donetsk who find themselves in the middle of the bloody campaign — and who are dying as a result.

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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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