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.