Mapping Russian and Pro-Russian Volunteer Combatants in the Donbass (2014-22)



Dr. Julie Fedor
Senior Lecturer in Modern European History
University of Melbourne


Aleksandra Riabichenko
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Melbourne

Project Description

This project sets out to create an interactive digital map based on the Union of Donbass Volunteers’ online database of obituaries of volunteer combatants who fought on the side of the self-proclaimed ‘people’s republics’ in the Donbass region of Ukraine from 2014 to the present. The database includes information on over 1500 combatants and provides insights into the age profiles, places of origin, and in some cases, the background, motivations and life-stories of the fighters, as well as the timing, volume and location of battlefield losses.

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