"There is fighting day after day, now the silence makes me feel anxious," a soldier confided. Based on the military data, more than 3,000 cease-fire violations have been registered since the start of 2016, while 26 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 140 wounded in the ongoing war.
"Marinka is one of the most dangerous battle zones in this war. Now some Ukrainian and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) positions are within 50 meters of each other," Wilson writes.
"They often shout insults at us," a soldier says, laughing. "I wish I was deaf," he adds.
"We're not fighting for President Poroshenko (Ukraine's leader)," another soldier with the nom de guerre Thunder said. "We're here for our families. For Ukraine," the 23-year-old declared.
"Ukrainian soldiers and their DPR enemies continue to die in what has been dubbed "the frozen war" by some," the report notes.
"Politicians far from the frontline have no idea what it's like here. Snipers with 12.7 calibre rifles [designed for destroying vehicles and walls] fire at us every day. We're shot at with RPGs [rocket propelled grenades], they shell us with mortars and their infantry fighting vehicles fire cannon at us," Thunder said.
"The proximity and indiscriminate nature of the mortars and RPGs often puts the 6,000 civilians in Marinka in the line of fire. Just last month, five houses occupied by civilians were burned down after intensive mortar shelling from separatist positions. Two days earlier, four civilians were killed when their vehicle drove over an anti-tank mine near a government checkpoint," the publication notes.
Bloodied bullet-proof vest
Ukrainian scout looks through binoculars
Ukrainian soldier watches over no man's land
Soldier reloads his machinegun
Ukrainian soldiers stand in a circle
Ukrainian soldier takes a break in the sun
Snow White charm on Ukrainian soldier's armour
Town of Marinka
Ukrainian position looking over rebel Donetsk People's Republic territory
Ukraine soldier Thunder
Ukrainian soldiers live in any habitable housing
Destroyed Mariinka apartment building
Ukrainian volunteers play a pivotal role in providing supplies and humanitarian aid to civilians and soldiers alike
Ukrainian volunteer Stephanyshn
"I want my children and grandchildren to grow up in a democratic country," Stephanyshn, a Ukrainian volunteer, told the Australian reporter.