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PHOTOGRAPHERS-STORY/POY2014
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November 26, 2014 
A masked pro-Russian protester sits on a chair as he poses for a picture inside a regional government... 
Donetsk, Ukraine 
RNPS - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY 
A masked pro-Russian protester sits on a chair as he poses for a picture inside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine in this April 25, 2014 file photo.

On March 3, a couple hundred pro-Russian demonstrators stormed the Donetsk regional government building after clashing with police who were guarding the main entrance. They successfully entered through a side door, and in the end made it to the second floor where the parliament sits. Unrest continued to spiral in Ukraine and the following month separatists declared a "People's Republic of Donetsk". Two months after these initial attacks, protestors were still inside the regional government buildings and masked men guarded the barricades. I asked to take a series of portraits of these men. I saw a massive chair underneath a neon light and I picked my lens, adjusted the light, and people began to pose in shifts. Each subject was relaxed, and struck whatever pose suited him.

Later, they asked with interest how people in Europe see the situation in Ukraine and wanted to know if anyone supports them, and what will happen in the end. They seemed a bit scared. I didn't have a good answer to their last question. - Marko Djurica
REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST PORTRAIT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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