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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Snapshots From The Donbas Front

Published 10 July 2014

Artur Gasparyan , a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine after the deadly fire in Odesa. He shares with us some of the photographs he brought back from his month in the conflict.

1

Volunteer Artur Gasparyan during his time in the Vostok battalion, under the command of Aleksandr Khodakovsky.

2

Gasparyan (extreme right) with other Vostok fighters.

3

Volunteers recruited from Russia participating in a parade and demonstration in Donetsk on May 25.

4

Volunteers recruited from Russia participating in a parade and demonstration in Donetsk on May 25.

5

A volunteer from Russia holding a position on the roof of the Donetsk airport.

6

The first destroyed KamAZ truck. About 30 volunteers from Russia were killed by friendly fire from Donetsk separatist fighters in this incident, according to Gasparyan.

7

The second KamAZ truck allegedly destroyed by friendly fire on the edge of Donetsk. Gasparyan was riding in this vehicle when it came under attack.

8

The bodies of Russian volunteers killed during the fighting at the Donetsk airport in May were returned to Russia in these coffins.

9

A man accused of looting is taken into custody by a volunteer member of the Vostok Battalion.

10

Artur Gasparyan (right) poses with a comrade from the Vostok Battalion.