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In The Trenches And Under Fire In Eastern Ukraine

A correspondent with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Maryan Kushnir, documented recent frontline fighting between Ukrainian Army soldiers and Russia-backed separatists near Horlivka in eastern Ukraine.

Kushnir reported that grenade launchers and small arms were used against the Ukrainian forces on April 17-18.

The latest clashes in the Donbas region come amid escalating tensions prompted by a large troop buildup by Russia near its border with Ukraine and in Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in 2014.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine began seven years ago. Despite multiple cease-fire agreements, fighting has continued intermittently. More than 13,000 people have been killed since April 2014, and more than 1 million have been displaced.

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RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service has seen its audience grow significantly since Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022 and is among the most cited media outlets in the country. Its bold, in-depth reporting from the front lines has won many accolades and awards. Its comprehensive coverage also includes award-winning reporting by the Donbas.Realities and Crimea.Realities projects and the Schemes investigative unit.

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Maryan Kushnir

Maryan Kushnir has worked as a correspondent for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv since 2015. He has extensive experience covering breaking news, including the conflict in eastern Ukraine. His footage from the front lines has been picked up by many international TV outlets. He has also extensively covered the COVID-19 pandemic, including reporting from within the country's intensive care units.