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Tuesday 17 February 2015

A brief game of football on Ukraine frontline

Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road at Svitlodarsk, near Debaltseve, during a ceasefire on February 15, 2015 (AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev) Ukrainian servicemen play football on a road at Svitlodarsk, near Debaltseve, during a ceasefire on February 15, 2015 (AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev)

(AFP / Volodymyr Shuvayev)


"The spontaneous kickabout really felt like a moment that was truly relaxing", writes Volodymyr Shuvayev, a freelance photographer working for AFP in Eastern Ukraine, who witnessed this scene at an Ukrainian checkpoint during a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels on February 15. "So I started shooting. I hoped the pictures would speak for themselves and illustrate the spirit of a ceasefire. It's an iconic image-- the soldier celebrating a halt in fighting with a simple game of football."

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Tuesday 3 February 2015

Raining fire in Donetsk

People take cover during shelling in a residential area in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district, on January 30, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET) People take cover during shelling in a residential area in Donetsk's Kyibishevsky district, on January 30, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET)

(AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)


"In Donetsk the sound of explosions is always there, in the background." writes AFP reporter Simon Valmary. "Heavy artillery, mortar fire, rockets: after nine months of fighting, residents of the town held by pro-Russian rebels can tell most types of blast apart…. But without knowing, most of the time, who is bombing whom. Civilians try their best to go about their daily lives in spite of these shells that can fall from anywhere, at any time, striking people dead on the sidewalk."

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Tuesday 9 December 2014

Dead soldiers in the snow

The recently damaged Savur Mogyla monument to Red Army soldiers fallen in World War II, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Snizhnee on December 7, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG) The recently damaged Savur Mogyla monument to Red Army soldiers fallen in World War II, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Snizhnee on December 7, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG)

(AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)


"It was bitterly cold on the hilltop, with an icy wind whipping up gusts of snow. We had come to attend a ceremony in memory of fallen pro-Russian rebels -- held at the vast Savur-Mogyla World War II memorial," writes AFP photographer Eric Feferberg. "It is a truly Dantean complex that was partly destroyed in fighting between Ukrainian government troops and separatists in July and August. Being there, you had both a sense of real beauty and nostalgia, and of utter desolation."

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