Dispatch from Donbas: The Russian shelling stops ‘only when it rains’

Sean Stark, a former US Marine, spent three weeks on the frontline in the Donbas region with a unit of other foreign fighters, under what he called ‘constant’ artillery attacks

Burnt-out cars in Vinnytsia in Ukraine after a Russian missile attack killed 23 civilians Picture: Oleksandr Lapin/Ukrinform/Future

Sean Stark made the decision to join the fight against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after he saw television news reports that the Kremlin’s soldiers were raping women and children in an occupied area.

“They crossed the line for me when they were doing sexual things. And another woman, they pretty much shot her face in the street, she was all bloody. I mean, I have kids, I couldn’t sit in America with my family, my ...