Yegor Firsov

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A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench not far from Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region, in January. Anatolii Stepanov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

An infantryman’s least favorite weather is a temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit and pouring rain, when the trench floods with knee-deep, near freezing water. Surviving in such conditions is truly an art, and it’s at these moments in particular that a trench has a special energy. Here people fight for their lives, for every manifestation of it. Here communion with God is sincere and more frequent than in any church.

Near the front lines everyone fits up his trench like it’s his little home away from home. There are sleeping bags, ammunition and food, of course. But people also keep books and affix drawings by their children to the walls.…  Seguir leyendo »

Los ucranianos, como estas personas en el río Dniéper en Kiev en 2014, tenían un nivel de vida más alto que muchos de los soldados rusos que ahora ocupan partes del país. Jonatha Borzicchi/Redux

A principios de abril, llegué a Andriivka, un poblado a unos 64 kilómetros de Kiev, con mi batallón de las Fuerzas de Defensa Territorial de Ucrania. Fuimos de los primeros militares ucranianos en llegar al lugar tras casi un mes de ocupación rusa. Por todas partes había desperdigadas carcasas de balas y cajas de municiones, y las casas se encontraban en distintos estados de deterioro. En uno de los jardines que vimos, había un tanque incinerado y abandonado en el césped.

Los rusos asesinaron a ciudadanos de a pie en Andriivka, donde registraron y saquearon casas. La gente del lugar nos habló de algo más que hicieron los rusos: un día, tomaron motocicletas y bicicletas de algunos de los patios y las condujeron por las calles como si fueran niños; se filmaban unos a otros con sus teléfonos y reían con deleite, como si hubieran recibido un regalo de cumpleaños que habían esperado mucho tiempo.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ukrainian citizens, like these on Dnieper River in Kyiv in 2014, enjoyed a higher standard of living than many of the Russian soldiers now occupying parts of the country. .Jonatha Borzicchi/Redux

In early April I walked into Andriivka, a village about 40 miles from Kyiv, with my battalion in the Ukrainian territorial defense forces. We were among the first Ukrainian troops to enter the village after a Russian occupation that had lasted about a month. Shell casings and boxes of ammunition were scattered everywhere, and the houses were in various states of ruin. In one of the yards we passed there was an abandoned burned-out tank sitting on the grass.

The Russians killed civilians in Andriivka, and they ransacked and looted houses. The locals told us something else the Russians had done: One day they took mopeds and bicycles out of some of the yards and rode around on them in the street like children, filming one another with their phones and laughing with delight, as if they’d gotten some long-awaited birthday present.…  Seguir leyendo »

Medics prepare to transport a wounded Ukrainian soldier at a frontline field hospital near Popasna, Ukraine. Roman Pilipey/EPA, via Shutterstock

I’m from a small town called Avdiivka, in eastern Ukraine. Avdiivka has been a front line for eight years, but its name has not yet made it to the front pages of world newspapers. Thank goodness for that.

When Russian-backed separatists started waging war in eastern Ukraine, in 2014, I headed west. I thought I could run away from war. I built a home, a family and a career in Kyiv, the capital. I became a politician. Two years ago I bought a house in Bucha, a suburb about 20 miles outside the city.

But war was not finished with me.…  Seguir leyendo »