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HIV: East Ukraine's Silent Crisis

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine grinds on, a hidden crisis that began long before the fighting is becoming increasingly severe. Ukraine has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Europe and, in the war-torn east of the country, the rates of HIV are increasing three times faster than in the rest of Ukraine. With Russia-backed separatists banning most international medical organizations and taking a harsh stance toward people living with HIV/AIDS, many who can, flee the region, becoming some of Ukraine's most vulnerable IDPs. Photographs by Misha Friedman. ​Reporting for this story was partially funded by the Pulitzer Center.