Ukraine: its Donbass conflict Battles for Syria | June 8th - 15th 2 days ago   43:02

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In Ukraine, in the region of Donbass there is an ongoing conflict. How did this conflict start and how are people in the Donbass area dealing with this conflict that tears apart families and entire villages? Is Ukraine a divided country where war will destroy regions like the Donbass? A documentary about Ukraine, the conflict in the Donbass region and the people that have to live with it.

For over a year, a dirty battle has been going on in 'the Donbass', an area rich with coal and industry in East Ukraine. More than six thousand people have been killed so far. Jelle talks to the Russian rebels at the front. What kind of people are they? He also visits the Donetsk opera, which has a show every day - war or no war.

In this eight-part travel series the Dutch journalist and author Jelle Brandt Corstius travels through Russia and visits the neighbor countries Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. What image do the Russians have of their neighbors and vice versa? What are the relations between the powerful Russia and the other former Soviet republics? And how do the countries around Russia treat their Russian inhabitants? A series about propaganda and identity.

On the Maidan, Kiev´s central square, in spring of 2014 the war started. Thousands of people demanded closer relations with Europe. After weeks of protests, the police intervened. One hundred people died. In Ukraine they are known as the Heavenly Hundred. President Yanukovych fled to Russia and the revolution started. And with the revolution came the war that would split the country in two. Dutch Journalist Corstius talks to people on the street and investigates the status quo and the way the population deals with the changes the country has gone through.

He visits the place in Odessa where on May 2 2014 46 pro-Russian activists died from suffocation in a former trade union building. They were under attack from pro-Ukrainian activists and a fire broke out. Until today it is not clear what caused it. This fire made many Russians leave for Ukraine to join the fight so that the war spread from Crimea to the entire eastern region of Ukraine.

Original title: Het wilde Oosten (7/8)

Director: Alexander Oey and Jelle Brandt Corstius
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Comments 107 Comments

Roger More
If you want to be Russian move to Russia don't steal ukrains lands and resources
Roger More
This is exactly why you don't bring imagrantes into your country. It's like having a population of 1 million then you let in 2 million Chinese people then they vote to be apart of China
loba bimpak
Ukrine should merge with u Russia
Brummel Teddybär
Der Krieg im Donbass ist eine Tragödie. Ich als Deutscher kann die Menschen im Donbass gut verstehen. Sie wollen selbstbestimmt und ohne Nazis als Russen leben. Danke für die Reportage.
B Cortelyou
Seems like both countries blame each other for made up propaganda from both sides. The people need to realize that they have been lied too for decades and then believe the propaganda stories that are false and fake. Blame it on yourselves.
Lord Christ bless and protect your people in east Ukraine..May there be Peace in their hearts
@1:37 oh look a Russian dog.
Tony Ward
I'm glad I'm Irish. We have issues here but we just make it work ffs
Yo Buscando caminos
Eres un reportero o un comentarista. Vivo en el otro extremo del mundo pero a pesar del bloqueo informativo sé que el levantamiento ucraniano ha sido instigado por los gringos.
Muy pobre tus opiniones.
ryan craig
+vpro world stories
This video is shameful, akin to other pro-Russian propagandist like Philips and Lancaster, useful idiots bribed by the Kremlin to do their bidding work. How can you call these impartial coverage when you interviewed 12 pro-Russians and 1 pro-Ukrainian taxi driver. Its not difficult to see through this video, any impartial, western journalist that hasnt been bribed to lie would never be allowed into the DPR or LPR, this is discrete propaganda at its finest!! Go over to the Ukrainian side of the war, ask someone that isnt mentally deficient. Ask someone on the Ukrainian side whose house has also been destroyed and how they feel??
You can clearly see a difference between Ukraine and rebel held territories in just the monuments they keep up. It's almost like the people on the Ukrainian side have a deadly hatred for the instigators of the holodomor
Zach Garcia
Russian:"America is weak"
America: BET
Aditya Ariwibawa
Stop war! From Indonesia 🇲🇨🇲🇨🇲🇨
Donbass built by Russians for 200 years, destroyed by Galitsian nazis in 5 years. Great job.
Being so nationalistic of a country that only has existed for 20, 30 years... is kinda dumb since there is nothing to be proud of... its russia my dude
Giacomo Barioni
Such a good doccumentary, but the subs(english) are missing in some parts..could you please complete it?
Алекс Белозе
Если они не террористы, то националисты точно.
Nidge on Tour
Any subtitles?
Yurislav. M
Brothers, no fight no more, we are slavs, weust be united, death to Putin and his fucking dictatorship.
César Abraham Castañeda Valencia
Sometimes his questions are so naive or shallow, they should provide more information instead pointing the obvious. People seems impatient with him.
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