On the Frontlines of Ukraine's Proxy War Between the West and Russia

The West has used everything from signals intelligence operations, espionage, fighter jet saber-rattling, and diplomatic standoffs to stem the rise of Russian influence around the world. These efforts are coming to a dangerous head in Ukraine — a classic Eastern Bloc proxy state — where the presence of NATO troops is driving tensions to Cold War-era levels.

As the armed conflict between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatists enters its third year, VICE travels to the frontline to take a closer look at what international assistance really looks like for those caught in the line of fire.

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25 thoughts on “On the Frontlines of Ukraine's Proxy War Between the West and Russia

  1. It's funny when you see these helmets they don't cover ears growing up in a war zone if they put one behind your ear you going to be singing sad songs with Elvis

  2. U.S Senator John McCain colluded and met (12/2013) with known Extreme Far Right party, Svoboda, months before the illegal ousting of democratically elected President Yanukovych. Not one legal mechanism was used to remove him from power. The act of this illegal removal itself is against the Ukraine constitution.

    Ironically its something NATO and Ukraine want Russia and the rest of the world to accept, that equals total hypocrisy

    When people of Eastern Ukraine refused to accept the Coup and its "new" government they were set upon by the police at first, who quickly realized what was happening and defected to the "separatist" side, numbers as high as 15,000 . When the "pro-western" Kiev combatants realized what was happening the Special Forces and Far Right gangs of armed thugs were set loose killing civilians, Ukrainian's, Men, Women, and children . Yet the world press does not replay those most important moments. Respect to the those who died needlessly in Mariupol, Slaviansk, Odessa and Donetsk, they were Russian speaking soles who were in the end, fellow Ukrainians .

    The rest is just another case of U.S meddling in foreign states far far away .!. .!.

  3. Yes, Russia's proxy war between the West and them is a terrible injustice to the peace loving people of Ukraine and the world. Nobody wants Russia's slough of a country…but we may have to go there one day, as the Russia's keep causing war with everyone, trying to prove they're some kind of world power?

  4. You know how you always hear people saying they've been fighting for that land for ages in reference to the holy land. In fact this is that place which best represents that saying

  5. To me Ukrain to Russia is like California to America and id be pissed off if Russia was trying to help them succede from the usa . Just saying no coverage on fake news here but real question is why were trying to pick fight with putin ? Btw "Woke idiots " lookup house cleaning Russia did in Syria while we supplied isis with weapons while bombing them in Iraq DYOR or do your own research

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