Ukraine: its Donbass conflict История иммиграции Анны 2001 1 day 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 90 Comments

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?
Alex Beloze
Если они не террористы, то националисты точно.
Nidge on Tour
Any subtitles?
Daniel S.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.
mamy kurwy do pogadania ...
All wars in the world are caused by the United States.
Diego Emilio
Thank you for all the dead Ukrainians, Emperor Rasputin.
8:32 Confederate flag t-shirt. How interesting.
Glory Russia
How IMMORAL this is, to kill citizens becase they DISAGREE to live under the rule of Junta. Shame on Kiev Nazi State and Washington.
Steven Vayn
I watched the whole documentary and it is so sad. As an American I have been all over Eastern Europe and I personally believe it’s all orchestrated by Putin. He has a history of invading parts of countries. One day he is going to push too far.
Steven Vayn
Subtitles would’ve been great.
The Truth
Remember Holodomor?
WowKalasch Ak47
Ukrop shit Bandera love sucking Soros Zionist dick.
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