Five Years Later – A Journey Through Donetsk Oblast
It is now five years ago, after the Maidan succeeded in Kyiv and former President Yanukovich fled the country towards Russia, that events of the so-called „russkaya vesna“ (Russian spring) took off in Crimea. While the Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russia rather quickly, local russian-backed separatists occupied administration in several regions and proclaimed the so-called „people's republics“ of Donetsk and Lugansk.
This led to the proxy war that lasts until today in which the Ukrainian army and volunteers on one side face pro-russian separatists and regular Russian troops on the other.
Mariupol and Kramatorsk, the second and the third-largest city of Donetsk Oblast, were strongly affected by the events. Five years later we decided to visit these places and talk to those, who are still forced to live with the impact of war.
April 04, 2019 16:53