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Yuri Gregoriovych Pikhulin, 77, a retired Epidemiologist who lives in Horlivka, approximately 30 miles from the city of Donetsk. Mr. Pikhulin voted for Viktor Yanukovych in the last presidential election and believes the United States played a part in forcing him out of office. Though he said of Mr. Yanukovych, “There is no need to idealize him… He was a self made man who came from below. He didn’t fit in. He didn’t have enough intellect.”A native Russian speaker, Mr. Pikhulin blames what he calls extremists and fascists from western Ukraine for the Euro Maidan protests that toppled the Yanukovych government in February. He fondly remembers Ukrainian songs and performances during Soviet holidays, but said, “When I hear a politician speak Ukrainian publically I have a prejudice against him.”
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“Even I, with quite pro-European and pro-Ukrainian views have difficulty making a choice in this election. With the variety of candidates we have I would rather vote against them all, but I understand the complexity and instability of the situation.” She then added, “I look at [Petro] Poroshenko, who has the highest rating at the moment, and it is not that I want to vote for him, but I can consider this option,” said Kateryna Zhemchuzhnykova, 25, a journalist at Portal News, a Ukrainian language news outlet in Donetsk. Here she stands for a portrait in the kitchen of the news organizations offices.Ms. Zhemchuzhnykova is also an activist who took part in pro-European Union demonstrations in Donetsk and Kiev, which began in November 2013 after the deposed former president Viktor Yanukovych turned away from a trade agreement with the European Union and in favor of closer ties with Moscow.Pinned to the wall above Ms. Zhemchuzhnykova’s desk is a flier that was handed out near her home with her photograph with the word GUILTY!!! written across it along with her name and address. The flier also stated: Near you lives a radical criminal! She supports the unrest in Kiev and this is why she is guilty of human deaths!!!
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“My feeling is that God is love and unity. The devil’s axiom unfortunately still works: divide and conquer. When the devil can’t get into a person, into his mind and his heart, he goes into another person to do his deeds. These people that divide us, one day the will repent. The same way that the Soviets repented for ruining churches decades later.”Father Andrij Chuy, 44, a Ukrainian Orthodox priest from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarch supported the Euro Maidan protest movement, though he didn’t take part in any protests. He stands for a portrait near the alter of the Sviatoho Filareta Milostyvoho church in Donetsk. Father Chuy’s grandfather was a landowner and farmer who fled eastern Ukraine for the western part of Ukraine in the 1920s shortly after the Soviets took power. His parents, both born in western Ukraine, were exiled to Siberia after WWII and returned in the 1950s after Stalin’s death.
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“No one wants to fight a war. Not us. Not the Russians. Trust me.”Serhiy Anastasyev, a tenor in the Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, sits back stage for a portrait in his costume and makeup before a performance of the comedic opera Natalka Poltavka. Mr. Anastasyev was one of the organizers of the Euro Maidan protests in Donetsk and also took an active roll in protests in the Ukrainian capital Kiev where he stood at the barricades. “There needs to be 100 percent lustration of the police, State Security Service, all law enforcement structures,” he said.Mr. Anastasyev served in the Soviet military where he specialized as a sniper. “Professionally we were taught how to kill.” Though he never had to shoot at anyone and hasn’t shot a gun since 1981 he hinted, if necessary, “I could be back in form within 24 hours.”
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“The government is not legitimate, but fascist and there are fascists sitting in our parliament. We want our independent republic to be free. Russia has always been our brother and our guarantor. And we will ask Vladimir Vladimirovych Putin to take us as a younger immature brother into his customs union.”Olga Klimenko, 56, a retired metallurgical plant worker from Mariupol in southern Donetsk stands near barricades that features Soviet era symbols in front of the Donetsk State Administration Building. She carries binoculars as she claims to be on the watch for government snipers who might be on rooftops. Pro-Russian demonstrators have occupied the building since April 6. Some of them claim they want more autonomy from the central government, while others want independence and unification with Russia.
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KIEV, UKRAINE, April 23, 2014: Ukrainian artist Matvey Vaisberg, 55, sits in his Kiev studio in front of his paintings that depict the burning barricades and the areas around them during the revolution in January and February. Mr. Vaisberg took part in the large protest movement, which began in November and lasted approximately three months, after the Ukrainian government turned away from signing a free trade agreement with the European Union and instead moved the country closer to Moscow. Over 100 people were killed, mostly between February 18-20, during the revolution that ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych.
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DONETSK OBLAST, UKRAINE, October 18, 2013: Alla, 76, stands in the doorway of a small trailer she lives in, which is without running water or electricity, working as a security guard on a plot of land where an illegal coal mine was set up, but is inactive, in the village of Severnoe in eastern Ukraine. CREDIT: Joseph Sywenkyj
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His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, who resigned in 2011 as the head of the Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church, sits in his residence in the village of Knyazhychi on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Knyazhychi, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, July 19, 2012, ©Joseph Sywenkyj 2012
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Bob Decker, 65, of Rumney, New Hampshire, is a Vietnam veteran who worked with juvenile delinquents for 31 years in Manchester. He came out of retirement to work at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center.
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Mark Billings, 61, an investment banker and economist at his home along Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire.
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Ali Mohammad Heaal, 31, was a police trainee when he lost an arm to a car bomb explosion 2005. He is now the manager of an NGO called Lanterns of Mercy that assists disabled Iraqis and wounded members of Iraq’s security forces. Baghdad, Iraq, July 19, 2011
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Sabrin Karim, 13, was shopping with members of her family at the Algayara market in Baghdad’s Sadr City when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded. She received injuries to her hands, back, and legs. Throughout Baghdad on Tuesday, 84 people were wounded and 10 people were killed in various bombings. Al-Sadr General Hospital, Iraq, July 21, 2009