Men who are hiding from the war tell The Daily Beast they do not trust the military system and fear they’ll be sent to the frontline without proper training.
Stefan Weichert is a Danish freelance journalist currently living in Kyiv, Ukraine since May 2019. He focuses on war, conflict and terrorism. He has covered protests in Egypt, Belarus and the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. He is now covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Troops behind the grand plan to crush Russian forces are returning bloodied and desperate about the grim reality on the ground.
The Daily Beast accompanied a Ukrainian drone unit near the front lines who warned of an impending crisis.
Olga Zaitsova risks her life every day driving to the front line to save people caught right in the middle of a war zone.
Skyler Greggs, 23, was interviewed by The Daily Beast from a hospital bed in Ukraine back in June.
Last week, Russian missiles hit a neighborhood in Kramatorsk, killing at least two. But the people there are still reluctant to evacuate. They don’t see any options.
“The danger never stopped,” the medical director of a hospital in the Ukrainian city of Okhtyrka told The Daily Beast.
Skyler Gregg, 23, joined the volunteer army in Ukraine without any military experience and was badly wounded in a Russian attack. He says he plans to fight again.
Though they’ve escaped the chokehold of Putin’s army, these Ukrainians are still living with the horror inflicted on their village over a month-long occupation.
War reporters Emil Filtenborg and Stefan Weichert made a desperate escape after a gunman opened fire at them without warning, leaving them both bleeding with bullet wounds.