Ukraine: its Donbass conflict

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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
© VPRO September 2015

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💬 Comments on the video

I'm glad I'm Irish. We have issues here but we just make it work ffs

Author — Tony Ward


Once he was in the hand of Ukrainian soldiers, he would say a different story.

Author — Paul Nguyen


Why are u reuploading old stuff...??? Plzz produce something new

Author — SuperShasha


I learn something new everytime I watch Jelle's work. He always does a great job. We get a chance to understand the feelings of the people. It would be great if he could repeat his russian travels and update each of his series.

Author — Richie


Yeah the opera was big in Leningrad as well

Author — olaf jensen


8:32 Confederate flag t-shirt. How interesting.

Author — scienceman92


All that putin asskissing, if putin was great kiev would be part of russia ...

Author — Synthetic Dawn


Russian:"America is weak"
America: BET

Author — Zach Garcia


@20:00 wow what a Russian lie if I ever heard one lol... "if I'm a terrorist then also any baby born here is a terrorist, how could u be so stupid to call a baby a terrorist" lol... well done stalin

Author — Wildboy789789


Sometimes his questions are so naive or shallow, they should provide more information instead pointing the obvious. People seems impatient with him.

Author — César Abraham Castañeda Valencia


5:17 los profasistas quemaron en vivos 46 personas! y los heridos eran matados cruelmente!!! He))) autor! para quien trabajas?!

Author — Mar Go


Dat de wereld dit nog laat gebeuren zo dicht bij de EU is onbegrijpelijk maar hypocrisie is de wereld niet uit... . We blijken echt NIETS te hebben geleerd uit het verleden... .

Author — collectoroffrance


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.

Author — Steven Vayn


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

Author — FrecklyCash1488


Thank you for all the dead Ukrainians, Emperor Rasputin.

Author — Diego Emilio


These Russians look just like during 1945 when they attacked Germany.

Author — Dardania Lion


Psycho says America is weak. America will destroy you. Leave the drugs alone Psycho your hallucinating.

Author — Zach Jenkins


+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??

Author — ryan craig


thank you Jelle and thank you Vpro world stories. once again I enjoyed your reportage. showing people what life was like in those areas during and after the war is really giving people a chance to draw their own conclusions, setting Jelle apart from uncomfortable comments and judgments. reality is so sad, folks. history is just a loop we'll never get over with.

Author — Alessandro Moschetti


Если они не террористы, то националисты точно.

Author — Алекс Белозе