Firefighting Ukrainian-Style in Donetsk While Ukraine Fights Russian-Backed Rebels

The Firefighters of Donetsk: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 85).

While the Ukrainian Army and Russian-backed rebels remain in conflict, everyday firefighting is taken to a new level. Fires start after bombs hit, and some firefighters no longer even flinch at the sound of an explosion nearby.

Neighborhoods are peppered with tank trenches, where tanks and armored vehicles can lie low to minimize the chance of a direct hit. While other trenches are dug in open fields in hopes of disabling advancing rebel tanks.

Fleets of ambulances transport the latest casualties to the main hospital after they’re brought in by helicopter from the combat zone to the Donetsk airport.

VIDEO: A walk through a village near Donetsk in Ukraine shows military equipment from OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) — a pro-Ukranian independence group.

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