The explosion occurred at the Zasyadko mine in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. A rebel spokesperson said the blast was caused by a methane explosion.
Photographer Max Avdeev embeds with the rebel fighters known as the First Slavyansk Brigade in Logvinove, Ukraine, to capture the horrific sights of conflict for BuzzFeed News. Warning: Several of the images in this gallery are NSFW and extremely graphic.
Iosif Kobzon defied a Ukrainian travel ban to sing for a rapturous, elderly crowd in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.
President Petro Poroshenko gets an overwhelming mandate for his reform plan and bid to end the war with pro-Russian separatists — but faces significant obstacles in implementing them.
“Apparently we got the Kremlin really pissed,” an aide to the fired governor told BuzzFeed News.
Moscow says 10 Russian paratroopers found near Donetsk were not meant to be there.
Confusion continues to reign in East Ukraine.
Ukraine’s denials that it is shelling targets in populated areas are looking increasingly flimsy.
More than 1,000 people have now died in East Ukraine’s ongoing war.
The country is plagued with dysfunction as conflict rages in the east.
The militia executed local residents for petty crimes under a decree dating from World War II. Transcripts were left behind by rebels.
Tank sightings raise tensions.
“When local law enforcement bodies have stopped their work or gone over to the side of the separatists, local homophobes have worked their way in.”
The Russian president called for an independence referendum to be postponed and said Russia had withdrawn its troops from the border with Ukraine.
“We are living in a digital era but you still have people who believe what the TV screen is telling them.”
“The police in Horlivka have gone over to the side of the people.”
“I’m a lawyer, not a Pokémon or something!”
As fear of imminent invasion fades, pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine groups hunker down for the long fight in Kharkiv.
“He was covered in blood. His whole face was covered in blood.”