In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs. The free courses -dubbed “White angels” – were put together by police officers and former members of a far-right battalion who fought against the separatists in the east of the ex-Soviet country.

Ukraine military carries out exercises amid Russia tensions

The Ukrainian military carries out exercises in the town of Urzuf, between the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol amid high tensions with Russia. Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships. Poroshenko has signed an act imposing martial law for 30 days in regions bordering Russia, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. IMAGES

On the Azov Sea, a Ukrainian port fears escalation with Russia

Children are helping adults to dig trenches in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol as local residents fear escalating tensions with Russia. On Sunday, Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian ships. Kiev and its Western allies have since demanded that Moscow release the Ukrainian sailors.

RAW: Ukrainian ships seized & towed to the Kerch port after tense standoff

The Ukranian vessels were sailing between two Ukrainian ports: from Odessa in the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Azov Sea. The only waterway that connects these is the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russia. Kiev says it notified Moscow in advance that its navy ships would be sailing through the area.

Moscow denies that it was given any warning, forcing the Russian military to use weapons to stop the vessels. The three Ukrainian ships were then seized and towed to the Kerch port, according to the Russian Security Service (FSB). READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9j95

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Russia’s ‘blockade’ of Sea of Azov port angers Ukraine

Huge cranes that once used to unload ships’ cargo sit idle on the docks of Ukraine’s commercial port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. The small sea is located in a zone of heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine: on the border of the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. As tensions escalate, Kiev and the West accuse Russia of deliberately blocking ships from accessing Ukraine’s port.

Preparing for a Siege: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 100)

The eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is just 30 kilometers from the Russian border, and was previously controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian military has done its best to fortify the industrial hub after winning it back, but many believe that the pro-Russia separatists plan to seize control of it once again.

In this dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky discovers the strategic significance of Mariupol in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and learns how the city is preparing for the possibility of falling under siege from pro-Russia separatist forces.

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Mariupol: The Final Line of Defense – Russian Roulette (Dispatch 99)

The eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is just 30 kilometers from the Russian border, and was previously controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian military has done its best to fortify the city after winning it back, but many believe that the pro-Russia separatists plan to seize control of it once again.

In this dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky embeds with the Azov battalion as it prepares to defend Mariupol.

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In the Trenches with the DNR: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 97)

On February 15, 2015, a ceasefire took effect in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists fighting for the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and forces loyal to the government in Kiev. Under the agreement, both sides would be ordered to pull back heavy weaponry from their front lines, and to respect a buffer zone between each other’s territory. In the following days, however, there were still reports of shelling and sporadic fighting.

With DNR troops holding a position on the outskirts of the Ukrainian-held port of Mariupol, many now fear the city may be the target of a new rebel offensive.

VICE News traveled to a rebel-held front line outside the village of Shirokino, 20 miles from Mariupol, to speak with DNR troops about what may lie in store for the city, and to find out whether the ceasefire would hold.

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Flying Drones with the Dnipro Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 93)

Prior to the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk on Thursday, the winter offensive launched by the Russian backed separatists of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) had claimed the lives of at least 220 soldiers and civilians.

As ceasefire talks were being discussed, there were reports of the DNR reinforcing their positions around the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol. The capture of Mariupol is vital to the DNR’s dreams of achieving statehood, with its port providing a link to the outside world.

In this dispatch, VICE News travels to the village of Chermalyk, located 20 miles north of Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces are preparing the defense of the city and using volunteer-made drones to gather intelligence on separatist positions.

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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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Greater Autonomy for Separatists Might Signal War’s End: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 81)

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On September 16, Ukraine passed a controversial law under an unusual secret voting procedure that granted greater autonomy to the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, as well as amnesty for most of the pro-Russia forces in the region. This is a significant development in the conflict, and might signal an end to the war that has ravaged the country for months.

VICE News spoke to Donetsk Governor Taruta Deems on his private jet as the legislation was passed. We also interviewed members of the Azov Battalion at their base right outside the coastal town of Mariupol.

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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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Residents at Risk as Ceasefire Crumbles: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 78)

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On September 5, the Ukrainian government and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) came to a ceasefire agreement after talks were held in Minsk, Belarus. But before the ceasefire went into effect that evening, both sides launched attacks on each other. The DNR assaulted Ukrainian positions in the city of Mariupol, while the Ukrainians attacked DNR checkpoints on the road leading from Mariupol to Donetsk.

VICE News headed north of Donetsk to the town of Yasynuvata to check on reports that the town had come under fresh artillery fire that left residents living in their basements and without basic amenities.

As the ceasefire held the next day, civilians in the village of Telmenovo were picking through the ruins of their homes, which were hit by shelling in the hours before the ceasefire began. We also traveled to Novoazovsk to speak with a local DNR commander who had little faith the ceasefire would hold for long.

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Ceasefire Ends as Pro-Russia Forces Shell Ukrainian Tanks: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 77)

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On September 6, a day-long ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was broken when pro-Russia forces shelled Ukrainian tanks driving into Mariupol. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was in the city before, during, and after the ceasefire, and traveled to Mariupol’s Eastern checkpoint as it endured the attacks.

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Under Fire with the Azov Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 76)

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The Azov Battalion is a volunteer militia based in Mariupol, Ukraine that is allegedly linked to neo-Nazism. The fighters have been very active during the crisis in eastern Ukraine, carrying out nightly patrols around the city and manning checkpoints.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky embeds with the battalion while they train and conduct a patrol, then watches as they retreat from their outposts when pro-Russia separatists began firing artillery toward the city.

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Aftermath of Ambush on Ukrainian Forces: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 75)

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As pro-Russian separatists opened up a new front along Ukraine’s southern coast, threatening the city of Mariupol, they also surrounded a mixture of regular Ukrainian army and pro-government militias in the town of Ilovaisk. To the southeast of Donetsk, Ilovaisk had been the scene of heavy fighting that eventually tipped in favor of the separatists. With Ukrainian forces having little choice, they surrendered and were assured they could leave the city through a safe “green corridor.”

However, the separatists seemed to have reneged on the promise of safe passage, and several Ukrainian columns were caught in devastatingly brutal ambushes, leaving hundreds dead and dozens taken prisoner.

VICE News stumbled upon one of the many Ukrainian ambulance convoys sent to retrieve the dead and wounded from an ambush site at Novokaterynivka, finding a scene of absolute horror and panic.

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Allegiances Shift as Conflict Intensifies: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 73)

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As the conflict between pro-Russia rebels and the Ukrainian military intensifies, civilians continue to suffer across eastern Ukraine. Amid the fighting, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited the cities of Mariupol, Komsomolsk, and Novoazovsk to gauge the situation on the ground. In Mariupol, residents are protesting against pro-Russia militias, while in Komsomolsk, citizens reported they were robbed by the Ukrainian National Guard, and are now waiting with open arms for pro-Russia forces to infiltrate. And in Novoazovsk, an abandoned armored personnel carrier and destroyed column led us to a string of charred bodies — with few answers as to what transpired.

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The New Rebel Offensive: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 72)

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For three weeks, the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the capital of the so-called Donetsk Peoples Republic, has faced a near-constant barrage of deadly shellfire. Hundreds of civilians have been killed as the Ukrainian army slowly encircled Donetsk and pro-Russia forces fought for control of what is strategically the most important city.

With the Ukrainian army having made sweeping gains since late June, the rebels announced a counter offensive to relieve the siege of Donetsk and other cities under their control. On August 25, rebel forces brought over a number of armored vehicles and tanks from the Russian border on the southern coastline. They quickly made a push towards the coastal city of Mariupol, but were stopped at the town of Novoazovsk after a skirmish with Ukrainian troops and volunteer forces.

VICE News headed to Novoazovsk to investigate claims of Russian involvement, and found terrified civilians trapped in the shelling, along with desperate Ukrainian forces angry at their lack of reinforcement from their leaders in Kiev.

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Violent Clashes in Mariupol on Victory Day: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 36)

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In an effort to curb further unrest, the Ukrainian government canceled the majority of the victory day parades across the country.

Commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany during WWII, victory day came at a convenient time for the pro-Russia rebels. Claiming they’re fighting a fascist junta in Kiev, the Donetsk Peoples Republic used the symbolism of victory day to boost support for their independence referendum on Sunday.

As the Donetsk city council organized an official celebration, a thousand few people gathered in the square listening to speeches with a heavy amount of soviet nostalgia. Halfway through, it was announced that there had been deadly clashes in Mariupol, a port city to the south. VICE News headed down there to investigate the clashes that proved to be another major escalation in the Ukrainian crisis.

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