Translated by Maria Razdiak / Edited by @GBabeuf
Photo credits: Aleksandr Kots & Dmitriy Steshin
Special correspondents Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin drove through the villages and the territories liberated from the National Guard and the Ukrainian Army, alongside the “Trophy Group”, observing how the Militia obtains their weapons.
Grown-up “toys” for children
“Oi, brats, over here! Turn out the backpacks,” the soldier from the Oplot Battalion calls to a group of teenagers, with a commanding voice. The grimy boys stop digging around the ex-field camp of the Ukrainian Army, near the village of Kuteynikovo, and shuffle over.
Only three days ago, it was impossible to get here. The whole territory was controlled by Kiev forces, who were locked into the Ilovaisk cauldron. They were seriously entrenched—the Urals buried almost fully, the…
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