‘They have come to destroy us’: Ukrainians on the frontline in Donbas squib

Many fighters are from the Donbas and say it is wrong to assume pro-Russian views predominate in the region

For more than a month, Vasyl has been commuting from his home town in Ukraine’s east to the frontline, about an hour away.

In April, the hotel owner from Konstantinovka said the situation was “completely fucked”, with Russian artillery fire bombarding his unit incessantly. Now, he looked visibly different: thinner and worn out but still motivated.

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