Ukraine Under Fire: Inside a War Zone

Over 5,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since April 2014 as Russian rebels have struggled to gain power over government-held areas in the eastern part of the country, according to the United Nations. More than one million people have been displaced as a result, leaving regions of the country war-torn as fighting continues.

The remains of a tank outside the remains of an apartment building in Vuhlehirsk. (Max Avdeev for Buzzfeed News)
The remains of a tank outside the remains of an apartment building in Vuhlehirsk. (Max Avdeev for Buzzfeed News)

Photojournalist Max Avdeev is a Moscow-based photographer who has been covering the front lines of the conflict in Ukraine for Buzzfeed News.

In recent months, Buzzfeed has been shifting from a predominantly light-hearted news organization, to a hard-hitting investigative media outlet, covering more than just entertainment and cats.

Rebels firing unguided Grad rockets from Kondratiivka. Rights groups say that using the notoriously unguided weapons in populated areas is a war crime. (Max Avdeev for Buzzfeed News)
Rebels firing unguided Grad rockets from Kondratiivka. Rights groups say that using the notoriously unguided weapons in populated areas is a war crime. (Max Avdeev for Buzzfeed News)

With powerful pieces like this one, featuring pictures taken by Avdeev, Buzzfeed has been able to hold its own when compared to other hard-news organizations.

Many of the photos in this story, “War is Hell: Pictures from the Front Lines of Ukraine,” that Avdeev shot do not have captions but I feel like these photos speak for themselves. The eastern part of the country has been destroyed, leaving the Ukrainians to fend for themselves, and I think Avdeev has captured the turmoil that these people are witnessing quite well.

(Max Avdeev for Buzzfeed News)
(Max Avdeev for Buzzfeed News)

The photographs alone tell their own story. The struggle for survival gets harder as each day passes, and I think people who view these haunting photos also become a witness to the tragedy that’s occurred.

I think these photos deliver a very straight-forward message and that the photographer did an excellent job at telling this story with photographs alone.

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