A Ukrainian serviceman guards positions in the village of Shyrokyne near Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

A Ukrainian serviceman guards positions in the village of Shyrokyne near Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Russia-backed rebels continued testing Ukrainian defenses at the village of Shyrokyne, near the...

A Ukrainian serviceman guards positions in the village of Shyrokyne near Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Russia-backed rebels continued testing Ukrainian defenses at the village of Shyrokyne, near the strategic port city of Mariupol. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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