Fearing Russian Influence, Ukraine Bans a Social Media Site
Ukraine is blacklisting the country’s most popular social network VKontakte, email provider Mail.Ru and a host of other companies — all because they’re Russian businesses. Pres. Petro Poroshenko updated the official sanctions list, banning more than 400 companies from doing business for three years in the Ukraine. The government... Read more
Defiant in the Quagmire, a Ukrainian Commander Vows to ‘Liberate All of Our Lands’
It starts in the same manner every day, as predictable as it is deadly. Twice a day, when the sun sets and again as morning’s first light arrives, the normal sporadic gunfire of a battlefield starts to increase in tempo. Scattered shots take on a more constant rhythm, the... Read more
A Tour of Ukraine’s ‘Mad Max’ Tank Factory
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. Roads in the east of Ukraine are littered with signs of war: roadblocks, craters, tanks, and camo-painted trucks. Occasionally a Mitsubishi L200 pickup painted in a striking black and grey geometric pattern will roll by. That’s Azov Battalion. Its trademark camo print covers... Read more
Russia’s Navy Is More Rust Than Ready
On May 8, 2014, the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon sailed from the naval base at Portsmouth on an urgent mission — to find and follow the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov and six accompanying vessels steaming through the English Channel. “A Russian task group of this size has... Read more
Ukrainian Soldier Speaks — This Is Our ‘Stalingrad’
At his 100-acre farm on the outskirts of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine’s third-largest city, Alexey Chaban looked rested. He’d just spent three months back home following a half-year of fighting. The 50-year-old father of four is a first lieutenant with the Ukrainian army’s 17th Tank Brigade. He became well known after... Read more
This Is Life in Militia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine
All photos by Zack Baddorf. Crossing the border into the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is a pain in the ass. I must have gone through 30 checkpoints on both the Ukrainian and separatist sides of the border, despite only being in the country for about a week. I waited... Read more

Zack Baddorf

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Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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