Vice News: Billionaires and Bogus Ballots: Welcome to the Elections in Eastern Ukraine - (Words/ Pics)

Newspaper employees check and sort stacks of freshly printed ballots in Mariupol, Ukraine. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015.

Newspaper employees check and sort stacks of freshly printed ballots in Mariupol, Ukraine. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015.

Fans of the Donetsk People's Republic cheer on their team during the first official match between Donetsk and Luhansk, semi-autonomous republics currently engaged in a Russian-backed proxy war with Ukraine. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015. 

Fans of the Donetsk People's Republic cheer on their team during the first official match between Donetsk and Luhansk, semi-autonomous republics currently engaged in a Russian-backed proxy war with Ukraine. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015. 

Women hand out trophies modeled after the World Cup to the Donetsk and Luhansk national teams after the first friendly competition between the two Russian-backed separatist republics. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015. 

Women hand out trophies modeled after the World Cup to the Donetsk and Luhansk national teams after the first friendly competition between the two Russian-backed separatist republics. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015. 

Yurii, chief neurosurgeon at Dnipropetrovsk's biggest hospital, shows pictures of emergency operations he performed as part of the Hosptialiers battalion,  a volunteer paramedic unit. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015.

Yurii, chief neurosurgeon at Dnipropetrovsk's biggest hospital, shows pictures of emergency operations he performed as part of the Hosptialiers battalion,  a volunteer paramedic unit. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015.

Muslim, a Chechen commander who has fought Russian aggression in several countries, speaks about his experiences in the Chechen war in his base that he shares with Right Sector, a Ukrainian far-right nationalist group.

Muslim, a Chechen commander who has fought Russian aggression in several countries, speaks about his experiences in the Chechen war in his base that he shares with Right Sector, a Ukrainian far-right nationalist group.

A Donbas Battalion Soldier looks out at Rebel positions from an outpost on the front line in Shryokyne, near Mariupol, Ukraine. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015. 

A Donbas Battalion Soldier looks out at Rebel positions from an outpost on the front line in Shryokyne, near Mariupol, Ukraine. ©Jack Crosbie, 2015. 

Valentino, a Ukrainian former factory worker who lived in the United States during the 1990s, shows his long route through eastern Ukraine and rebel-held territory to get home. Artemivsk checkpoint, July 2, 2015. © Jack Crosbie, 2015.

Valentino, a Ukrainian former factory worker who lived in the United States during the 1990s, shows his long route through eastern Ukraine and rebel-held territory to get home. Artemivsk checkpoint, July 2, 2015. © Jack Crosbie, 2015.

Ina Tipunova points to her ceiling, where the body of a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 passenger crashed through the roof on July 17, 2014. © Jack Crosbie, July 4, 2015.

Ina Tipunova points to her ceiling, where the body of a Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 passenger crashed through the roof on July 17, 2014. © Jack Crosbie, July 4, 2015.