DONETSK, Ukraine: Rebel fighter Roman smirks when asked about the two-year-old peace deal that was supposed to end what is now a 33-month war between government forces and separatists in Ukraine’s east.
The camouflage-clad gunman in Europe’s only armed conflict — the bloodiest since the 1990s Balkans crises — simply warms his trigger finger by a stove in a barracks on the frontline of the Russian-backed separatists’ de facto capital Donetsk.
“I have been here from the very start, since 2014,” the 32-year-old told AFP. He and many fighters like him decline to give their last names for security reasons.
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Source: The News International