Separatist state: inside "Donetsk People's Republic". VIDEO
Separatist forces backed by Russia have been clashing with Ukrainian military since 2014, and the fighting on the front lines picked up last week. Jake Hanrahan of VICE News visited the self-styled "Donetsk People’s Republic" to see how the breakaway region is trying to establish government.
The simmering war in east Ukraine saw a large-scale escalation on Dec. 18-20, with eight Ukrainian soldiers killed and more than 20 wounded, after separatist militants tried to take over army positions.