Ukraine – the war on east What is happening in Ukraine? This photo-story tells about what is happening on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine. Photos taken in the cities of Mariupol and Donetsk. February 2015 Over the whole territory called "the counter-terrorist operation" by Kiev, a system of Ukrainian and separatist checkpoints has been established. On the way to Donetsk On the way to Donetsk Missile strikes in residential areas distant miles away from the front lines are not uncommon. Most often they are the result of using an outdated and inaccurate weapon, and the inexperience of the ones operating it. A man clears the nursery of their home, where hours earlier a rocket had fallen. There is evidence that both sides have military equipment in residential neighborhoods, hoping that they will not be attacked. In December the government in Kiev stopped the payment of pensions for residents of the Donetsk region. Many were left even without their already meager funds . People stand in long queues waiting for humanitarian assistance, often directing reproaches at the West Some locals have preferred to remain living underground for months. They rely solely on humanitarian aid. Apart from NGOs, it comes from local oligarchs. Until recently, no one imagined that bomb shelters would ever be used again. A boy holding his pet in the bomb shelter in Donetsk. In Donetsk a 10 p.m. curfew was introduced, and most of the restaurants and stores do not work even during the day. However, there are exceptions. Places where different points of view can be heard. On the photo: men arguing about the situation in Ukraine in the only bar in Donetsk that works after 10 o'clock p.m. On February 9, a powerful blast exploded around 10 p.m. at a chemical plant near Donetsk. Separatists claim that the facility was attacked by Ukrainian tactical missile 'point - Y ", but showed no evidence of that. Ukrainians believe that the plant was hit by mistake by a Russian multiple rocket launcher, Smerch. The establishment has a military production and workshops for utilization of ammunition. It also might have been an accident that has occurred by an explosion of the munitions and explosives clustered there that were being prepared for arming the "revolutionaries." On the photograph, a cadet in a bunker a few meters from the blast, describes what had happened mere hours ago, as an attempt by the Ukrainian army to hit a civilian neighborhood in Donetsk. The Opera House in Donetsk is one of the largest in the country. It survived World War II and continues to work to this day. The atmosphere in the building itself doesn't even hint at what is happening outside. On the photograph: A ballerina stretches before a rehearsal in the hall of the Opera House. One of the main Ukrainian forces fighting near the Mariupol is the Azov Regiment . The Azov Regiment represents an all-volunteer paramilitary infantry unit formed by numerous far-right organizations. Military men from the Azov Regiment prepare for the evacuation of civilians from Shirokino village . Despite the formal ceasefire at 00:00 on February 15, the fights near Mariupol continued throughout the day. Access to Shirokino village, which falls in the center of the main battle was completely blocked. Young member of Azov eat lunch into the main base of Azov military units near the city of Mariopol. A reaction training session in case of bombing in a local school in Mariupol. An elderly woman looking through the window of her home near the center of Mariupol.