So, several people have expressed that they would like me to post my folder with pics from the Ukrainian civil war. So I'm doing that. Hopefully you guys will like it, I've got a ton more pictures. If too many of the pictures are boring, tell me and I'll try to focus on the more exciting ones in the next part. Hopefully this description will be in the right place, this is the first time I'm posting a comp.
Babay, or the "bearded one", a Don-Cossack who participated in the initial takeovers of administration buildings. I'm trying to go through this chronologically BTW, starting with the initial uprisings in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions back in March.
Babay and his group
Supposedly a picture showing a scene from the storming of a police station by pro-Russian (personally, I don't like that label, just like I don't really think the Euromaidan was "pro-European") insurgents. I think Kramatorsk or Slavyansk, not sure which one.
An activist wearing a St-George-ribbon behind barricades. The ribbon is a Russian/Soviet award for bravery in combat, but also a symbol for the fight against Nazi Germany. Most Antimaidan activists have taken to wearing it as an identifier, mainly because they feel that they are fighting a nazi movement.
The Odessa massacre, May 2nd. Right Sector (a Ukrainian ultranationalist group) activists attacked an Antimaidan camp, forcing the people to flee into the Union Building in Odessa. The Right Sector thugs then hurled Molotov ********* through the windows, setting the building on fire and burning over 40 pro-Russian protesters alive. Many of those who jumped out the windows to save themselves were beaten, some to death. Like the Maidan shootings, no proper criminal investigation has been conducted to this day.
The Ukrainian army launches its "Anti-Terror-Operation". Checkpoints outside Slavyansk are captured. The flag you see is that of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR) which alongside the "Luhansk People's Republic" (LPR) is trying to secede from Ukraine and form an independent state called New Russia or Novorossija (the historic name for the southeastern regions of Ukraine when they were still part of the Russian Empire).
A rebel unit in now-besieged Slavyansk.
Meanwhile, people in Odessa mourn the dead.
Rebels en route to the battle for Donetsk airport in May, the bloodiest single day of fighting up until that point in the war. 30 rebels die as Ukrainian army forces retake the airport, a location which is still heavily fought over and completely in ruins.
Edit: No idea where this is from, not the airport though.
Ukrainian forces have set up checkpoints on the roads in and out of Slavyansk.
Funeral of a rebel fighter fighter in Slavyansk.
Pro-Russian activists in Donetsk and Lugansk continue fortifying the administration buildings and solidify political control of the cities.
Victory Day, May 9th. A man in a WW2 Red Army uniform pays his respect to the victims of the massacre that happened a week before. Many pro-Russian protests throughout the Ukrainian southeast.