Displaced Syrian family returns to destroyed frontline Idlib town over virus fears | AFP

Mohammad al-Sakhour and his family clear rubble after returning to their partially destroyed home in the frontline village of Al-Nayrab in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, which they had left to flee a Russian-backed regime offensive. They returned to the area from a displacement camp in the north of the jihadist-controlled area out of fear the crowded conditions would provide ripe ground for the spread of the coronavirus.

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Drone shots show destruction in Idlib village near key Syria highways | AFP

Aerial shots show destruction in the village of Afes, which lies between the strategic M4 and M5 highways that transverse Syria’s northwest. The village now lies deserted and in ruins after a Russian-backed regime offensive against the country’s last rebel-held bastion. DE DRONEN°1PU5WR

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Syria rescue workers collect bodies after deadly Aleppo strike | AFP

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as White Helmets, burry the bodies of nine civilians, including four children, killed in a reported air strike on their vehicle in western Aleppo in Syria. The attack, which struck a vehicle transporting displaced people, occurred in a region where Russian-backed government forces have been pushing to drive rebels and jihadists out of their last enclave. ATTN CLIENTS: IMAGES OF BLOOD AND BODIES INCLUDING THOSE OF CHILDREN

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As troops pull out, Ukraine frontline village fears for future | AFP

While Ukrainian troops were stationed in her village, Anna felt safe despite living on the frontline of a war that has claimed thousands of lives over the last five years. But since they started to withdraw two months ago from Stanytsya Luganska, eastern Ukraine, she says she feels exposed to the Russian-backed separatists nearby.

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Fearing attack, Russian-backed rebels dig trenches

Armed with spades, saws and hammers, Russian-backed rebels dig trenches in east Ukraine, fearing a massive attack from Kiev. The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) regularly refers in its daily reports to trenches or bunkers freshly dug in the separatist-held zone.

Nearly two million lose mobile access in war-torn east Ukraine

Almost two million people lost their mobile phone access in war-torn eastern Ukraine after the last major provider in the devastated region suffered a fibre optic line cut. The two remaining mobile phone carriers are operated by the Russian-backed separatist authorities and cannot place calls into Kiev-controlled regions.

RAW: Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor recovering after 3 years of ISIS siege

After a 3-year siege by ISIS, which was broken earlier this month, Deir ez-Zor is rising from the ashes, even though Syrian government troops are pushing out the remaining ISIS fighters.
In eastern Syria, government forces keep up their offensive on the city of Deir ez-Zor, capturing a new neighborhood from ISIS and increasing their hold to over 60% of the city.
The Russian-backed offensive in eastern Syria is complicated by a separate and simultaneous campaign of Syrian opposition fighters backed by the US-led coalition.

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Business sparkles at winemaker near Ukraine war zone

Deep in the bowels of a former gypsum mine in east Ukraine, winemaker Rafail Nasyrov scrutinises a bottle of sparkling rose. Hundreds of thousands more line a winding labyrinth of underground tunnels and caves. The winery is located in a government-held town just two dozen kilometres (15 miles) from the frontline in Ukraine’s low-level war, where the army and Russian-backed rebels continue to lob deadly artillery barrages at each other. But despite more than three years of fighting that has claimed some 10,000 lives, Nasyrov’s employer, Artwinery, has never stopped production.

On the Frontlines of Ukraine’s Proxy War Between the West and Russia

The West has used everything from signals intelligence operations, espionage, fighter jet saber-rattling, and diplomatic standoffs to stem the rise of Russian influence around the world. These efforts are coming to a dangerous head in Ukraine — a classic Eastern Bloc proxy state — where the presence of NATO troops is driving tensions to Cold War-era levels.

As the armed conflict between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatists enters its third year, VICE travels to the frontline to take a closer look at what international assistance really looks like for those caught in the line of fire.

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Ukraine’s brutal war is still raging on after a failed ceasefire

At the top of the agenda during last week’s NATO Summit in Warsaw was Russian aggression against the West. In response to the ongoing conflict between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian Armed Forces, NATO reiterated their support of Ukraine’s fight against Russian advancement in the east, and committed to a comprehensive assistance package.

But on the ground, the conflict rages on. Despite a Minsk ceasefire agreement, signed in 2014, and again in 2015, fighting continues to intensify along the contact line.

A recent spike in violence that included heavy shelling, mortaring, and small arms has made the past few months particularly bloody, with casualties becoming an almost daily occurrence. Despite a complete failure to implement any ceasefire, NATO insisted the Minsk agreement was still the way to go.

VICE News traveled to Avdiivka, the hottest point of contact in the conflict, where Ukrainian military and civilians have both lost faith in the so-called ceasefire and remain trapped in a brutal war.

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Treating Ukrainian Veterans’ PTSD With Service Dogs

Ukraine was in many ways unprepared for the war against the Russian-backed separatists of the DNR in the country’s east. Its army, after years of mismanagement and corruption, was left with just 6,000 combat-ready troops, and its hospitals had never had to deal with the kinds of horrific injuries sustained by both soldiers and civilians.

The embattled country was even less prepared to deal with the psychological aftermath of the conflict; Ukraine had not been at war since the ’80s, when PTSD was only just beginning to be recognized as a disorder.

Recent posts on https://usserviceanimals.org/ show that, with state care for people suffering with psychological trauma severely lacking, it has been left to a number of different NGOs to fill in the gaps in treatment. Hero’s Companion, a Canadian organization, trains service dogs to help Ukrainian veterans with their war trauma.

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On The DNR Frontline: Ukraine’s Failed Ceasefire (Part 1)

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It’s been five months since the second ceasefire was agreed between the Ukrainian government and the Russian-backed separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). But this truce, much like the first, has not brought an end to the fighting.

Only a few days after this ceasefire was agreed, the DNR took the strategically important rail town of Debaltseve, trashing any hopes for a lasting ceasefire in the process. Since then, fighting has been constant. Dozens, possibly hundreds of civilians and soldiers have been killed, and serious efforts to get the peace agreement back on track have failed.

In late June, VICE News traveled back to eastern Ukraine to get a firsthand look at how it’s business as usual for soldiers and civilians on both sides of the frontline.

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Defending the Ruined Village of Pisky: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 91)

The Russian-backed offensive by the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) against the Ukrainian military has now entered its third week, and has claimed the lives of at least 341 soldiers and civilians in the region since the start of the year.

While the strategically important town of Debaltseve remains the focus of the DNR’s assault, heavy and unrelenting clashes are still taking place in the village of Pisky, located just a few miles west of Donetsk airport.

The village lies in ruins after months of constant shelling, which has forced almost all of the civilians to flee. VICE News traveled to Pisky to meet the soldiers and volunteers defending the village from daily DNR attacks.

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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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Trapped by Artillery Fire: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 88)

After a lull in fighting between the Ukrainian military and the Russian-backed rebels of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR) in eastern Ukraine, violence escalated again in mid-January.

A ceasefire agreed in September seemed barely worth the paper it was written on. A battle continued to rage around the strategically important Donetsk airport, as the Ukrainian soldiers — dubbed “cyborgs” for their resilience — fought to keep the airport from the DNR.

They were unsuccessful. The DNR claimed the airport on January 21, and subsequently launched an offensive on Ukrainian positions along the line of control that separates the two sides. Civilian areas have come under heavy shelling, leaving dozens killed and wounded.

In this dispatch, VICE News headed back to eastern Ukraine to see the effect this new escalation in the conflict is having on the innocent civilians, trapped between opposing barrages of deadly artillery fire with nowhere to go.

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