Kramatorsk, the new 'capital' of Donetsk Oblast. People are walking the streets, new businesses are turning up in the citycentre and the population of the city has grown quickly since the conflict. Old Ladas are slowing down to avoid the biggest holes on the nearly destroyed roads in the city, sometimes bigger, newer and often white vehicles interrupt the usual stream of cars. It is The HALO Trust, OSCE, UNCHR and multiple other NGOs. The signs of war.
Drive one and a half hour south-east of Kramatorsk and you will suddenly be on the frontline of what most medias describe as the frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many locals will not accept this description. They call it "the war". People are being killed and everyday there is shelling and gunfire along the 450-kilometer frontline to the non-government controlled area.