Some people take selfies, others film their cats. This Ukrainian soldier sets his camera up as three artillery rounds land near him.
The first things we hear him talking about are the outgoing rounds. Usually a dull thud in the distance, the sound indicates that an artillery round is climbing upwards before it comes hurtling back to earth.
While the film is undated, it’s obvious that it was recorded sometime during the warmer months and that the position has been there awhile. The bunker, or block post as Ukrainians like to call it, seems well reinforced with trenches dug in around it.
Since the last of two ceasefires were signed in February of this year, the war in Ukraine has devolved into one of trenches and artillery strikes. The cease-fires, known as the Minsk Agreements, stipulate that both the Ukrainians and the Russian-backed separatists that they’re fighting are supposed to have pulled back their heavy weapons—artillery over 100mm—from the front lines.