Hunting Separatists in Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 56)

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Although Pro-Russia separatists have been largely driven out of Donetsk and Luhansk, they still control significant parts of eastern Ukraine. In this dispatch, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky goes hunting for separatists with Oleh Lyashko, a Ukrainian politician who placed third in the most recent presidential election. Ostrovsky embeds with Lyashko's personal security forces as they successfully track down Viktor Rybalko, a pro-Russia separatist who organized the referendum in Luhansk calling for independence and allegiance with Russia. What Lyashko does is technically illegal, but he believes that the police are not doing their job and has taken it upon himself to bring order back to eastern Ukraine.

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I wonder if Lyashko secretly plays the James Bond theme in his head when he goes on missions.

Author — Amanda Leon


That failed candidate for presidency is and absolute mad lad.

Author — Flynnster6767


Simon, just so you know, you are wearing Interceptor light armor, with metal plates and minimal kevlar, class 3 body armour, which any ak74 bullet can easily puncture. May help to invest in some good body armor.

Author — x1expert1x


Is the Chief of the Police is overweight for a police?
No wonder the police never caught the Separatist.
The Chief busy eating donuts in the police station.

Author — ll


"You are a Yo-Yo and an opportunist, that's what you are."

Author — Patrick Hebdon


The Russian Roulette series covered by Vice is one of the most real and raw events I've seen.  Thank you so much for such great work- 

Author — Nature Boy


Inquisitor vibes from the pro ukraine parliamentary deputy guy

Author — Oli T-J


The first casualty of war is the truth.

Author — TheWin200000


"If you show us your documents we'll check them and leave" …that has always gone well

Author — Oreste Gallo


"i'd like to see one of our senators in the united states doing this".
I can just imagine a Bernie Sanders meme of him running through that airport, except towards this guys house lol

Author — astyanx


I put on clothes and AK-47 give me second

Author — mortuary mike


I'm actually going to agree with what they are doing. If the police had been more strict at the beginning of all this, then there may not have been nearly as many deaths.

Author — GamingTaylor


Good quality journalism, Vice. Glad to see Simon still has his brass balls intact even after being held by the separatists for 3 months.

Author — Scott A.


I love this. It's like watching russian Goodfellas or something. 

Author — EmbraceTheSadnesss


4:28 to 5:25 is awesome! Look at that huge chair-warmer sweat!

Author — Dan Backslide


Yo is that bilbos sword from the Hobbit??? 4:47

Author — Warfighter


Good to see the Chief of Pie or emm Police was there to help.

Author — White_M1tzO


6:41, did anyone feel like the cops theme song here?

Author — CommandoX798


Please stay safe (we know you wont) we love your work. What you do is insane, and we just watch. But thank you for doing that insanity.  

Author — Nguroa


What i do not get is when i am informed well then people of the part of Urkaine voted in the majority for being a part of russia and not Urkaine anymore.So that should be a democractic process or do i miss something ?

Author — Henning Malland