The project was done in two phases. The first in the autumn of 2014, when separatist forces took control of Donetsk's airport. The second in the winter of 2015, following the current ceasefire subsequent to the occupation of Debaltsavo, an important strategic point for the territory.
The aim of the reportage is to illustrate the situation as it appears in the occupied territory beyond the last Ukrainian controlled checkpoint: volunteer separatists who actively defend a devastated wasted land in which a fragile ceasefire is not upheld and the drudgery of the miners, who are the symbol and pride of the region.
The economic isolation of Donbass further worsens the living conditions of the population.
The governments of the self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk fail to meet the demands of salaries and pensions which remain unpaid for months.
Despite the war, miners continue to work in precarious illegal mines without pay and at their own risk, factors which aggravate the daily lives of the families who've remained behind.
A year after the beginning of this conflict, first considered as a crisis and later as an uprising, it now appears as the first European Civil War of the the century.