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In Pictures: Ukraine's collateral damage
Around 800 people have lost their lives in the Ukrainian conflict since mid-April.
Last updated: 01 Aug 2014 09:41
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Svitlana Kontratyuk shook with grief, fear, shock and disbelief. Tears poured from her eyes. As she wiped them away, her hands trembled. Her apartment building had been partially destroyed earlier that morning by a heavy aerial bomb during an attack on the town of Snizhnye, near Ukraine's border with Russia.

"It fell at exactly 7:20 this morning. At 7:20, I always leave. I'd only just walked out of the building. Only just. Then it was flattened. Something just slammed into it," she said, nearly shouting with hysteria. "That's it. Now there is nothing left," she said.

Though she lost everything, Svitlana and her husband just barely escaped joining the growing list of the dead - she was saved from shrapnel by heavy pine trees lining the pavement, he was saved because he was out on their balcony smoking a cigarette.

Since mid-April, around 800 civilians have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine between the government and pro-Russian rebels according to a report released earlier this week by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

With international attention riveted on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the deaths of the roughly 800 people and the wounding of at least 2,155 people has gone mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world.

"Egregious human rights abuses have been committed in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine," reads the UN's latest report. "Increasing numbers of civilians have been killed."

With the Ukrainian army tightening its encirclement of the rebel capitals of Donetsk and Luhansk - and its unprofessional use of old weaponry to randomly assault urban areas still populated with civilians - the human cost of this vicious civil war is set to rise in the coming weeks.

"This will not end soon, I am afraid. I am afraid of everything now. I'm afraid to go home," said Svitlana. "I'm afraid of everything. I'm afraid! I don't know! I don't know if this will end or not."


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Ukrainian women from the village of Grabovye get out of the rain after attending a service led by the local priest to pray for the souls of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

The belongings of the passengers are scattered throughout the surrounding fields.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Pavel, a young rebel guarding the MH17 crash site, examines the plane wreckage. The rebels have been accused of downing the passenger plane, tampering with the crash site, and delaying the collection of the bodies of passengers. Heavy fighting is now raging around the crash site as the Ukrainian army fights for control of it.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Labourers fill in a trench dug in the backyard of a house they had just finished building before the town was taken over by rebels earlier this year and the compound was turned into a fighting position. The roof lies in ruins after being hit by Ukrainian shells targeting the position.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Slovyansk's main square has returned to a somewhat normal state after Ukrainian forces captured the town in early July. Residents still feel resentful and angry at the random shelling they endured at the hands of the army.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Passengers on the Kiev-Donetsk train speak on their phones to family members worried about their return to the embattled city of Donetsk amid renewed fighting for the city.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Novorossiya stencils have begun appearing all over the city. The term, used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an address in April, was historically used to denote parts of Ukraine and southern Russia during the Russian Empire, and has since been adopted by rebels to denote the federation of the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics.



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Women from a suburb of Donetsk take in the damage to an apartment building after the Ukrainian army began shelling in the area near the train station. They say there were no rebel fighters in the area.


/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

After heavy fighting on the edge of Donetsk, civilians from the area began to flee, emptying the city.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Emergency workers and volunteers cleared rubble from a residential apartment building in the town of Snizhne, a town near the Russian border, after it was hit with aerial bombs. The Ukrainian air force claimed it did not fly that day.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Svetlana Kontratuk, a retired nurse, is emotionally distraught after her flat took the brunt of the air strike, a bombing run that was supposed to have targeted a rebel headquarters some 300 metres down the road in Snizhne.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Kontratuk's neighbours look on in shock and anger as men work to clear debris and rubble after the air strike in Snizhne. In the past two weeks, the town has become a rebel stronghold, with much of the fighting centred here after the nearby downing of MH17.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

A rebel commander holds a chunk of shrapnel from an aerial bomb.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Lugansk, the capital of the second breakaway province, has undergone heavy shelling. As a result, the city has lost much of its population. Here, an errant Ukrainian army shell blew open the roof of a nine storey apartment building. No one was injured.



/John Wendle/Al Jazeera

A woman recovers from her wounds after a Ukrainian army artillery strike hit her house in Lugansk. The UN said on Monday that 799 civilians have been killed in the conflict since mid-April and at least 2,155 have been wounded.




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Ukrainian women from the village of Grabovye get out of the rain after attending a service led by the local priest to pray for the souls of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

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The belongings of the passengers are scattered throughout the surrounding fields.

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Pavel, a young rebel guarding the MH17 crash site, examines the plane wreckage. The rebels have been accused of downing the passenger plane, tampering with the crash site, and delaying the collection of the bodies of passengers. Heavy fighting is now raging around the crash site as the Ukrainian army fights for control of it.

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Labourers fill in a trench dug in the backyard of a house they had just finished building before the town was taken over by rebels earlier this year and the compound was turned into a fighting position. The roof lies in ruins after being hit by Ukrainian shells targeting the position.

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Slovyansk(***)s main square has returned to a somewhat normal state after Ukrainian forces captured the town in early July. Residents still feel resentful and angry at the random shelling they endured at the hands of the army.

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Passengers on the Kiev-Donetsk train speak on their phones to family members worried about their return to the embattled city of Donetsk amid renewed fighting for the city.

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Novorossiya stencils have begun appearing all over the city. The term, used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an address in April, was historically used to denote parts of Ukraine and southern Russia during the Russian Empire, and has since been adopted by rebels to denote the federation of the Lugansk and Donetsk People(***)s Republics.

;*;Women from a suburb of Donetsk take in the damage to an apartment building after the Ukrainian army began shelling in the area near the train station. They say there were no rebel fighters in the area.;*;

After heavy fighting on the edge of Donetsk, civilians from the area began to flee, emptying the city.

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Emergency workers and volunteers cleared rubble from a residential apartment building in the town of Snizhne, a town near the Russian border, after it was hit with aerial bombs. The Ukrainian air force claimed it did not fly that day.

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Svetlana Kontratuk, a retired nurse, is emotionally distraught after her flat took the brunt of the air strike, a bombing run that was supposed to have targeted a rebel headquarters some 300 metres down the road in Snizhne.

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Kontratuk(***)s neighbours look on in shock and anger as men work to clear debris and rubble after the air strike in Snizhne. In the past two weeks, the town has become a rebel stronghold, with much of the fighting centred here after the nearby downing of MH17.

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A rebel commander holds a chunk of shrapnel from an aerial bomb.

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Lugansk, the capital of the second breakaway province, has undergone heavy shelling. As a result, the city has lost much of its population. Here, an errant Ukrainian army shell blew open the roof of a nine storey apartment building. No one was injured.

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A woman recovers from her wounds after a Ukrainian army artillery strike hit her house in Lugansk. The UN said on Monday that 799 civilians have been killed in the conflict since mid-April and at least 2,155 have been wounded.

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Ukrainian Women from the village of Grabovye get out of the rain after attending a service led by the local priest to pray for the souls of the passengers of flight MH17.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/90b645d31780ef2bbc3d4f3c61e4e3a6John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Ukrainian Women from the village of Grabovye get out of the rain after attending a service led by the local priest to pray for the souls of the passengers of flight MH17.

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The belongings of hundreds of passengers are scattered throughout the surrounding fields. A sad testament to what happened here.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/a53fec47f6fcf14a76e347af9fb7a71cJohn Wendle/Al Jazeera

The belongings of hundreds of passengers are scattered throughout the surrounding fields. A sad testament to what happened here.

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Pavel, a young rebel guarding the MH17 crash site, examines wreckage. The rebels have been accused of downing the passenger plane, tampering with the crash site, and delaying the collection of the bodies of passengers. Heavy fighting is now raging around the crash site as the Ukrainian army is fighting for control of it.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/284adf77f1c749b2332e8774a96bef91John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Pavel, a young rebel guarding the MH17 crash site, examines wreckage. The rebels have been accused of downing the passenger plane, tampering with the crash site, and delaying the collection of the bodies of passengers. Heavy fighting is now raging around the crash site as the Ukrainian army is fighting for control of it.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/2eec0cde9eaccae5acf4720c823668bf

Laborers fill in a trench dug in the backyard of a house they had just finished building before the town was taken over by rebels earlier this year and the compound was turned into a fighting position. The roof lies in ruins after being hit by Ukrainian shells targeting the position.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/2eec0cde9eaccae5acf4720c823668bfJohn Wendle/Al Jazeera

Laborers fill in a trench dug in the backyard of a house they had just finished building before the town was taken over by rebels earlier this year and the compound was turned into a fighting position. The roof lies in ruins after being hit by Ukrainian shells targeting the position.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/9687cbbff01519847876788d000c76b3

Slovyansk's main square is returning to a somewhat normal state after Ukrainian forces captured the town in early July. Residents are still resentful and angry at the random shelling they endured at the hands of the army.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/9687cbbff01519847876788d000c76b3John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Slovyansk's main square is returning to a somewhat normal state after Ukrainian forces captured the town in early July. Residents are still resentful and angry at the random shelling they endured at the hands of the army.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/da47854b97368aa021a0978869348f3f

Passengers on the Kiev Donetsk train speak on their phones to family members worried about their return to the embattled city of Donetsk amid renewed fighting for the city.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/da47854b97368aa021a0978869348f3fJohn Wendle/Al Jazeera

Passengers on the Kiev Donetsk train speak on their phones to family members worried about their return to the embattled city of Donetsk amid renewed fighting for the city.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/db4bc39259cac58349bab69f945b998e

Novorossiya stencils have begun appearing all over the city. The term, used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an address in April, was historically used to denote parts of Ukraine and southern Russia during the Russian Empire, and has since been adopted by rebels to denote the federation of the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/db4bc39259cac58349bab69f945b998eJohn Wendle/Al Jazeera

Novorossiya stencils have begun appearing all over the city. The term, used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an address in April, was historically used to denote parts of Ukraine and southern Russia during the Russian Empire, and has since been adopted by rebels to denote the federation of the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/9a219ba1927289e4e0ff33f440f2def9

Women from a suburb of Donetsk take in the damage to an apartment building after the Ukrainian army began shelling in the area near the train station. They say there were no rebel fighters in the area.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/9a219ba1927289e4e0ff33f440f2def9John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Women from a suburb of Donetsk take in the damage to an apartment building after the Ukrainian army began shelling in the area near the train station. They say there were no rebel fighters in the area.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/9a798eea53d3c265361604e985bb4ca1

After heavy fighting on the edge of Donetsk, civilians from the area began to flee, further emptying the city. It is now unclear how or when Donetsk will fall.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/9a798eea53d3c265361604e985bb4ca1John Wendle/Al Jazeera

After heavy fighting on the edge of Donetsk, civilians from the area began to flee, further emptying the city. It is now unclear how or when Donetsk will fall.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/a23e1a47f53231b2108afe524d5a1f08

Emergency workers and volunteers clear rubble from a residential apartment building in the town of Snizhne, near the Russian border, after it was hit with aerial bombs. The Ukrainian air force claimed it did not fly any sorties that day, but the evidence seemed clear.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/a23e1a47f53231b2108afe524d5a1f08John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Emergency workers and volunteers clear rubble from a residential apartment building in the town of Snizhne, near the Russian border, after it was hit with aerial bombs. The Ukrainian air force claimed it did not fly any sorties that day, but the evidence seemed clear.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/74ec531b1f3d0f7cdec49c2c99bb5734

Svetlana Kontratuk, a retired nurse, is emotionally destroyed after her flat took the brunt of the air strike, a bombing run that may have been targeting a rebel headquarters some 300 meters down the road in Snizhne.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/74ec531b1f3d0f7cdec49c2c99bb5734John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Svetlana Kontratuk, a retired nurse, is emotionally destroyed after her flat took the brunt of the air strike, a bombing run that may have been targeting a rebel headquarters some 300 meters down the road in Snizhne.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/6514eb0939533a62b8376f1ba4cd9d39

Kontratuk's neighbors look on in shock and anger as men work to clear debris and rubble after the airstrike in Snizhne. In the past two weeks the town has become a rebel stronghold, with much of the fighting centered here after the nearby downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/6514eb0939533a62b8376f1ba4cd9d39John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Kontratuk's neighbors look on in shock and anger as men work to clear debris and rubble after the airstrike in Snizhne. In the past two weeks the town has become a rebel stronghold, with much of the fighting centered here after the nearby downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/fd73c64639a1ed4c5603a7dffed02cec

A rebel commander holds a chunk of shrapnel thrown out by the bombing run in Snizhne. The run may have been targeting his headquarters, which lies about 300 meters from the apartment building.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/fd73c64639a1ed4c5603a7dffed02cecJohn Wendle/Al Jazeera

A rebel commander holds a chunk of shrapnel thrown out by the bombing run in Snizhne. The run may have been targeting his headquarters, which lies about 300 meters from the apartment building.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/36c977e625626a50527296de38d16827

Lugansk, the capital of the second breakaway province, has undergone heavy shelling for a longer duration than Donetsk. The city has lost much of its population. Here, an errant Ukrainian army shell blew open the roof of a nine story apartment building. Miraculously, no one was injured.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/36c977e625626a50527296de38d16827John Wendle/Al Jazeera

Lugansk, the capital of the second breakaway province, has undergone heavy shelling for a longer duration than Donetsk. The city has lost much of its population. Here, an errant Ukrainian army shell blew open the roof of a nine story apartment building. Miraculously, no one was injured.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/43a72120b7aa253ec183bfb021f799ff

A woman recovers from her wounds after a Ukrainian army artillery strike hit her house in Lugansk. The United Nations said on Monday that 799 civilians have been killed in the conflict since mid April and at least 2,155 have been wounded.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ukraine_civilian_toll/slideshow/no-caption/43a72120b7aa253ec183bfb021f799ffJohn Wendle/Al Jazeera

A woman recovers from her wounds after a Ukrainian army artillery strike hit her house in Lugansk. The United Nations said on Monday that 799 civilians have been killed in the conflict since mid April and at least 2,155 have been wounded.



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