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In Pictures: Between Crimea's frontlines
Those living in the no-man's-land between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces are increasingly uneasy.
Last updated: 11 Mar 2014 08:27
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On a thin strip of land to the north of the Crimean peninsula, a new frontline is emerging as pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian military strengthen their respective positions. 

With the two sides separated by approximately 20 kilometres, the situation remains relatively calm - but both sides talk of a fear of "provocations" that could upset the fragile peace. 

Along the respective lines, both forces are digging in their defensive positions, with armoured vehicles dug in and heavily armed soldiers manning positions in trenches. On the Crimean side, signs warn of mines while trip wires, apparently connected to warning flares, are scattered in the fields around the main checkpoint. 

Between the two fronts are a number of small towns and large sprawling farms, populated by a handful of people growing increasingly fearful of their position. According to residents, many people have already left.  

For now, the two sides are staying well away from each other, and Ukrainian forces have orders not to open fire unless fired upon. But the situation remains tense and as Russia continues to tighten its grip on the Crimea, neither side appears to be taking any chances.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Just behind the frontlines, soldiers gather around what appears to be a fortified caravan, having just been digging trenches nearby.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera
There is a constant movement of troops on both sides as new defences are built.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera
A Ukrainian armoured vehicle in a defensive position looks towards the Crimean peninsula.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera
A Ukrainian soldier digs a trench in a position looking towards the peninsula.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera
Despite the relative tensions, a steady flow of traffic continues to pass through both checkpoints in and out of Crimea.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Dotted around the area are crumbling concrete bunkers, remnants of World War II and reminders of the peninsula's tumultuous past.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Residents of a small town named Chonhar stand at a bus stop in a sort of no-man's-land between the two lines.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera
On the Russian side, signs warn of mines stretching out hundreds of metres from the main checkpoint.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera
Behind the mines, armoured vehicles and heavily armed soldiers wait in defensive positions.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera

At the checkpoint itself, pro-Russian gunmen stand guard next to a sign warning all who approach to stop.




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Just behind the frontlines, soldiers gather around what appears to be a fortified caravan, having just been digging trenches nearby.

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Dotted around the area are crumbling concrete bunkers, remnants of World War II and reminders of the peninsula(***)s tumultuous past.

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Residents of a small town named Chonhar stand at a bus stop in a sort of no-man(***)s-land between the two lines.

;*;On the Russian side, signs warn of mines stretching out hundreds of metres from the main checkpoint.;*;Behind the mines, armoured vehicles and heavily armed soldiers wait in defensive positions.;*;

At the checkpoint itself, pro-Russian gunmen stand guard next to a sign warning all who approach to stop.

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There is a constant movement of troops on both sides as new defences are built.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/eff06e764c2fcad8f258e7fc86ba3524George Henton/Al Jazeera

There is a constant movement of troops on both sides as new defences are built.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/146e4a3d76b9469a4a85c9edc4aef36a

A Ukrainian armoured vehicle in a defensive position looks towards the Crimean peninsula.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/146e4a3d76b9469a4a85c9edc4aef36aGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

A Ukrainian armoured vehicle in a defensive position looks towards the Crimean peninsula.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/ee7b6e158219991fdb24353c8466626c

A Ukrainian soldier digs a trench in a position looking towards the peninsula.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/ee7b6e158219991fdb24353c8466626cGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

A Ukrainian soldier digs a trench in a position looking towards the peninsula.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/6a34ee3f8f819ad9a5f8fe87d832fead

Despite the relative tensions, a steady flow of traffic continues to pass through both checkpoints in and out of Crimea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/6a34ee3f8f819ad9a5f8fe87d832feadGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

Despite the relative tensions, a steady flow of traffic continues to pass through both checkpoints in and out of Crimea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/483f7303629aca3d8fc738cd72d0cf0f

Dotted around the area are crumbling concrete bunkers, remnants of World War II and reminders of the peninsula's tumultuous past.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/483f7303629aca3d8fc738cd72d0cf0fGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

Dotted around the area are crumbling concrete bunkers, remnants of World War II and reminders of the peninsula's tumultuous past.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/3b34bdc61919ce97abc444e3a8358887

Residents of a small town named Chonhar stand at a bus stop in a sort of no-man's-land between the two lines.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/3b34bdc61919ce97abc444e3a8358887George Henton/Al Jazeera

Residents of a small town named Chonhar stand at a bus stop in a sort of no-man's-land between the two lines.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/0b132a296348255b6c95ae056a92241d

On the Russian side, signs warn of mines stretching out hundreds of metres from the main checkpoint.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/0b132a296348255b6c95ae056a92241dGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

On the Russian side, signs warn of mines stretching out hundreds of metres from the main checkpoint.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/f0a74173633eee88d5aea910feddc9de

Behind the mines, armoured vehicles and heavily armed soldiers wait in defensive positions.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/f0a74173633eee88d5aea910feddc9deGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

Behind the mines, armoured vehicles and heavily armed soldiers wait in defensive positions.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/d0687fb4d258f604ca6ea757096523d3

At the checkpoint itself, pro-Russian ??gunmen?? stand guard next to a sign warning all who approach to stop.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea_gallery/slideshow/no-caption/d0687fb4d258f604ca6ea757096523d3George Henton/Al Jazeera

At the checkpoint itself, pro-Russian ??gunmen?? stand guard next to a sign warning all who approach to stop.



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