By Mike Lander on
This photo essay has been contributed by Sean Work. Sean is a photojournalist based in Detroit. Recently, he covered the crisis in Ukraine and its effect upon the daily lives of the people. This is illustrated in the photos of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and how they are trying to survive. There are many nationalistic scenes showing resistance to Russian interference. Sean’s photos speak for themselves. The following is his description of events as he witnessed them.
The people of Ukraine found them selves at war in 2014. What began with a trade agreement led to demonstrations, rioting,a new government, and invasion by a foreign country. While many tried to return to normalcy following the Maidan uprising, others continued to occupy Kiev’s central square. People fled their homes in Crimea for the western half of the country following the Russian annexation. Meanwhile, in the east the army fought against a separatist movement. Some responded by embracing patriotism, others simply tried to go about their lives.