Haunting photos of Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russia rebels on the front line appear to have an eerie similarity to ones taken more than a century ago, during World War 1 .
One soldier is seen standing inside a deep snow-lined trench in scenes that could have been from the bloody battle between 1914 and 1918, in which millions were killed.
Another image shows a fighter using the walls of the man-made trench as protection as he fires off rounds from a machine gun.
The photos show Ukrainian servicemen in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which have been in the middle of a battle between pro-Russian fighters and Ukrainians.
Local media reports state that this morning Ukrainian troops fired into the village of Logvinovo, about 6km northwest of the Debaltsevo region, where heavy fighting has taken place.
The country reported its first combat death yesterday since an “indefinite” ceasefire with pro-Russian insurgents was agreed last week.
The images were released as news that fire between the two sides has increased, sparking fears the ceasefire could have been jeapordised.
The agreement brought hopes that a peaceful settlement between the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in south-eastern Ukraine could be reached after more than 10,000 people have died in the conflict.
In November the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) called on the sides to exercise maximum restraint and establish a full and sustainable ceasefire.
At the time Ertugrul Apakan, chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), said: “The SMM continues to observe a deterioration of the situation in Donbas, registering over 2,000 explosions daily with a high number of incidents involving the use of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements, including multiple-launch rocket systems.
“I urge the sides to abide by the commitments they have made in Minsk.
“They must stop fighting now, withdraw weapons, and allow for a safe and secure environment for civilians.”
Russian soldiers took control of strategic positions and infrastructure within the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014.
Forces then annexed Crimea after a disputed referendum in which Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation.