“I dream of walking by myself, being independent and alive.” All photos courtsey of Keen Heick-Abildhauge.
Maslenitsa, or “Pancake Week,” celebrates the end of winter in Russia and Ukraine. This year, with relations between Russia and the West at a historic low, some revelers got political.
It’s been a year since Ukraine’s former president was toppled from power — and these Putin loyalists aren’t happy about it.
The meeting of the top American and British diplomats came as Ukraine’s military braced for a possible rebel attack on the city of Mariupol.
The underground game takes Russian roulette and replaces the guns with gun-shaped Tasers, making for some very disturbing pictures.
“We’ve known, on our own skin, what police brutality feels like and we can’t be silent on this issue,” the group told BuzzFeed News.
Ukrainian troops began pulling out of Debaltseve on Wednesday after Russian-backed rebels surrounded the strategic railway junction. The defeat is a massive setback for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who denied that the town was surrounded in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
Rebels claimed on Tuesday to have taken control of “about 80%” of Debaltseve, a strategic railway junction that has been the scene of fierce fighting despite a cease-fire deal struck last week.
Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels largely abided by the cease-fire after it came into effect overnight. Fierce fighting continued, however, for the contested town of Debaltseve. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from Eastern Ukraine.
Kiev accused rebels of trying to seize as much territory as possible before both sides are due to halt fighting.
Ukraine’s 10-month attempt to reclaim its easternmost provinces has only made locals there hate the central government even more. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Odin Biron, who plays the American son of gay dads on a popular Russian TV show, came out as gay. His Russian co-star, who has called for burning LGBT people alive, “hit his head against the wall and cursed fate.”
Photographer Max Avdeev reports from eastern Ukraine for BuzzFeed News to capture the catastrophic effects of the ongoing war on the region.
It’s unclear whether they’d ever heard it before playing it Monday for Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit.
In its latest Transparency Report, Twitter calls out the countries who’ve requested the most information on its users and who’s asked for the most things to be deleted.
Russian-backed forces are sweeping across Ukrainian government territory, provoking a diplomatic crisis — and destroying the towns they capture. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from Vuhlehirsk, Ukraine, with photos by Max Avdeev.
The two presidents will be joined by the leaders of France and Germany in Minsk, Belarus.
He heard there would be snacks. Good ones.
Nearly a year after protesters ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine, a Moscow art group showed history from the Kremlin’s point of view.
“Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe,” he said.
A psychological profile by the Pentagon says Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome and “his primary form of compensation is extreme control.” “That is stupidity,” Putin’s spokesman responded.
“I cannot say who exactly is annoyed with our reports but certain law enforcement agencies send letters about us to the top,” TV-2’s editor-in-chief said.
A Russian-backed rebel offensive has pushed hospitals and morgues on the frontline in eastern Ukraine to breaking point. BuzzFeed News’ Max Seddon reports from eastern Ukraine, with photographs by Max Avdeev.
The group says it will continue to “raid” schools “where the rights of children and families may be violated.”
A lesbian couple flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg were seated near one of Russia’s staunchest anti-LGBT lawmakers, so they decided to show him how they feel.
Talks between Ukraine and separatists lasted a mere four hours Saturday.
The deaths came as pro-Russia separatists continue to battle Ukraine government forces.