hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | A soldier from Nagorno-Karabakh on the front lines near the village of Talish, which was completely evacuated during fighting in April. While the territory has been under the de facto control of Armenia since 1994, it is still internationally recognized as being part of Azerbaijan. #karabakh #shootfilm #portra400 #holga #war 4d

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | I took along a few film cameras on my recent trip to Nagorno-Karabakh and just got back my film and some quick scans today. Here's a street shot from Stepanakert made with a 35mm Holga. #stepanakert #karabakh #shootfilm #portra400 #holga 5d

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hoffmanbrendan Video by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | Each year, May 18 marks the date when Crimean Tatars were deported to Central Asia from the disputed peninsula by Stalin in 1944. It's now an official holiday in Ukraine, and Crimean Tatar pride is running high after singer Jamala's win in Eurovision the other day. Here, a large Crimean Tatar flag waves in slow-mo at a rally this evening in Kyiv's Maidan. #kyiv #ukraine #київ #україна #1944 #депортация 6d

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | I met Vladimir while on a whistle-stop tour of shelling damage from the recent fighting between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. He took me by the arm and brought me through a rusty door in the fence, through overgrown weeds and low-hanging branches, to show me where a grad rocket had landed in his yard, not 3 meters from his house. Fragments of the rocket were still lying there. Then he invited me up for a drink and to meet his father-in-law. The three of us downed generous pours of home-made vodka as the father-in-law mused "They shoot, and we drink!" Just then, colleagues tracked me down and it was time to go. But first, Vladimir insisted on cutting a fresh rose for each of the women in our group. #karabakh #martakert 1w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | May 9 commemorations in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. #karabakh #stepanakert 2w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. May 9 commemorations of Victory Day and the battle for Shushi. #karabakh #stepanakert 2w

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hoffmanbrendan Video by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | An incredibly sad scene during May 9 commemorations in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh. Here, the widely-celebrated Soviet holiday marking victory over the Germans in World War II also commemorates the day Armenian/Karabakh forces took the strategic town of Shushi from Azerbaijani forces. Tens of thousands died in this war that has been deadlocked since 199;l4 but flared up again last month. #karabakh #stepanakert 2w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | On the front lines in Talish, Nagorno-Karabakh. This decades-old conflict has been simmering since 1994, but early last month it exploded into four days of fighting. #karabakh 2w

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  •   kiehart You had like a 30 'like' lead on @sia_vlasova but she's cut it to 8 now. Watching with baited breath. 2w
  •   sia_vlasova So which one did you like, @kiehart ? You can't do both, this is a fair competition 2w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | School kids on a team they've named Brave prepare for a military-patriotic competition against other local teams. #ukraine #україна #сокілджура 3w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective for @gettyimages | 👬 After a ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. #ukraine #Kyiv #київ #україна #chernobyl 4w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective for @gettyimages | People leave a church service held late on a rainy evening to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which took place at around 1 o'clock in the morning. Kyiv, Ukraine. #київ #україна #Kyiv #ukraine #chernobyl 4w

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | Tending to the ancestors (not mine, exactly). #Kyiv #ukraine #cemetery 1mon

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hoffmanbrendan Photo by @hoffmanbrendan / @prime_collective | I'm winging it back home to Ukraine. #pigeons #flight #homewardbound 1mon

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