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Three Weeks With The Donbas Battalion

The Donbas Battalion, a volunteer unit of Ukraine's National Guard, was caught in a recent standoff with Russian-backed separatists in the Shyrokyne region, near the strategic port city of Mariupol.

The battalion has since rotated out of the area, where regular army units have taken over as Ukraine's leaders discuss a demilitarization plan. During the height of the fighting, a freelance photographer, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, spent three weeks embedded with the battalion. From his vantage point on the front lines, the photographer captured scenes of trench warfare, raids, shelling, and soldiers' total exhaustion in the midst of the conflict.