AVDIIVKA, Ukraine—Arthur Volodymyrovych ducked his head down as he walked along the base of a trench past 7 days, hoping to stay clear of sniper hearth from Russia-backed separatists positioned considerably less than 900 feet away.
He has been stationed listed here as a soldier with Ukraine’s armed forces for 5 months—the trenches for considerably lengthier.
The principles of engagement are uncomplicated.
“When they attack us with hearth, we reply with hearth. And so it goes on,” claimed Mr. Volodymyrovych, whose unit’s sleeve patch reads, “Ukraine or Demise,” emblazoned about a cranium. “I really do not see an conclude to this war soon,” he claimed.
7 many years in the past, professional-Russia separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk locations of Ukraine declared their independence, backed and armed by Moscow, which also seized the Crimean peninsula.