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Desire to Break Free from Ukraine Keeps Devastated Donetsk Fighting

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Ivan Kulshytskiy is a deputy Cossack leader in the Donetsk People’s Republic
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From Estonian militias to separatist fighters in Ukraine, tensions between NATO and Russia are...

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Donetsk People's Republic, PBS NewsHour
Still from the July 5, 2016 PBS NewsHour broadcast. Donetsk People's Republic, Ukraine, 2016.

In Eastern Ukraine, there's supposed to be a cease-fire, but the fighting starts again every night. For two years, soldiers for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic—with the backing of Russia—have fought the Ukrainian government to gain autonomy. In this segment for PBS NewsHour, Pulitzer Center grantees Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin report from the front lines.

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