Ukraine: Tensions Rise in Crimea and Donbass as Russia Deploys Troops

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“Apparently we will have to step in to defend them.”

Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of Kremlin administration

DER SPIEGEL 16/2021






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A Ukrainian soldier on a ship in the Sea of Asov



A Ukrainian soldier on a ship in the Sea of Asov


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“The Russians could be here in just over an hour. They have already stationed a battalion of naval infantry at their base in Yeysk.”

Chief of Staff Mykola Timanov





Ukrainian Captain Timanov: "Now, ships are on their way from the Caspian Sea."



Ukrainian Captain Timanov: “Now, ships are on their way from the Caspian Sea.”


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Russian military vehicles at Maslovka train station near Voronezh: "We are everywhere."



Russian military vehicles at Maslovka train station near Voronezh: “We are everywhere.”


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The military camp on the outskirts of Voronezh



The military camp on the outskirts of Voronezh


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Dacha owner Vladislav: "Whatever happens, happens."



Dacha owner Vladislav: “Whatever happens, happens.”


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A military vehicle at the camp near Voronezh



A military vehicle at the camp near Voronezh


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“We have entered a new Cold War.”

Military expert Alexander Golz





Among the birch trees, soldiers have erected antenna masts, satellite receivers and tents.



Among the birch trees, soldiers have erected antenna masts, satellite receivers and tents.


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Military intelligence officer Shuk: The danger of "submarines."



Military intelligence officer Shuk: The danger of “submarines.”


Foto: Oksana Parafeniuk / DER SPIEGEL

The share of hardcore Putin supporters has more than halved within just the last three years.





A restaurant in Mariupol



A restaurant in Mariupol


Foto: Oksana Parafeniuk / DER SPIEGEL





Emergency first responder Yulia Paevska: "As tactics have changed, so too have the kinds of injuries."



Emergency first responder Yulia Paevska: “As tactics have changed, so too have the kinds of injuries.”


Foto: Oksana Parafeniuk / DER SPIEGEL





The Port of Mariupol



The Port of Mariupol


Foto: Oksana Parafeniuk / DER SPIEGEL





Anastasiya after receiving her Russian passport: "Everyone who works in state-run companies and agencies tries to get the passport."



Anastasiya after receiving her Russian passport: “Everyone who works in state-run companies and agencies tries to get the passport.”


Foto: Alexander Chernyshev / DER SPIEGEL

With reporting by Alexander Chernyshev



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