A War in Pictures

This Is What Ukraine Looks Like Now: Photos by Yusuf Sayman

Bodies lying on the road. The smoking ruins of a jet that was shot down. Shell-shocked locals. See Yusuf Sayman’s striking (warning: sometimes graphic) photos of the war-torn country.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Donetsk, Ukraine

The regional administration building, which was occupied by pro-Russian protesters and turned into the headquarters of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

A Slovyansk resident in an apartment complex damaged during clashes between pro-Russian militias and the Ukrainian army.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Donetsk, Ukraine

Members of the Vostok Battalion training in the national park outside the city. Vostok Battalion is the strongest and most organized of the pro-Russian militias in the area.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Krasnyi Lyman, Ukraine

Bullet casings at the scene of clashes between pro-Russian militias and the Ukrainian army.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Luhansk, Ukraine

Dead bodies of pro-Russian militia members near a government checkpoint in Shchastia, a town near Luhansk.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

Destruction in the city. Slovyansk is controlled by the pro-Russian rebels and is surrounded by the Ukrainian army. It is the scene of the fiercest fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

An apartment hit by artillery.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

Residents waiting for transportation to leave Slovyansk. Due to the lack of water and power, and heavy fighting, at least 20,000 residents have left the city of 120,000.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

Residents at a center to help locals leave the city.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

A local who was injured by shrapnel during the clashes between pro-Russian militias and the Ukrainian army.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Kramatorsk, Ukraine

A pro-Russian checkpoint near the city.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Slovyansk, Ukraine

A Slovyansk resident in an apartment complex damaged during the clashes between pro-Russian militias and the Ukrainian army.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Luhansk, Ukraine

The site where a Ukrainian army transport jet crashed the previous day. The plane was shot down by the rebels using surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft fire. All 49 people aboard died in the incident.

Yusuf Sayman for The Daily Beast

Luhansk, Ukraine

An ex-soldier leaves flowers at site where an Ukrainian army transport jet crashed the previous day. He said he served with one of the crew members during his military service.