Mission 3 : Eastern Ukraine

UKRAINE (1 sur 5)

Snowy roads of eastern Ukraine

UKRAINE (5 sur 20)

Civilian hit by a landmine. All his back has been burned as well.

UKRAINE (5 sur 17)

First a Ukrainian flag (blue, yellow) has been paint on this wall, then someone paint a red nazi swastika over it. Pro-russian are calling Ukranian Nazis in reference of some complex historical events from WWII. This grafitti war can be seen as a metaphor of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

UKRAINE (15 sur 17)

Straight : Kurahovo Right : Mar’inka and Donetsk (30km away)

UKRAINE (3 sur 5)

Irina left the conflict zone with her  family because the children were afraid of the shelling’s sound. Two month later, her house was destroyed by a bomb.

© Pictures by Joffrey Monnier for MSF

For my third mission with MSF, I’ve been sent to Eastern Ukraine. I’ve visited an hospital receiving war wounded, I’ve met some displaced population from Gorlovska and discover MSF medical supply project in Artemovsk. I was also supposed to enter Donetsk to follow our teams work there but for security reasons, I was blocked along the frontline.

The mission itself was then a bit frustrating as I’ve spent a lot of time waiting, but I learned a lot from this first experience in a conflict zone. And even 15 km behind the frontline, you can see and feel the tension of war and its awful consequences on civilians.

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