Simon Ostrovsky Returns To Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 40)

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Simon Ostrovsky Returns To Eastern Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 40) 4.5

Earlier this month, a number of pro-Russia checkpoints around the Donetsk region were taken by Ukrainian forces, in an attempt to encircle the city of Sloviansk, a stronghold for the pro-Russia insurgents. Here, VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky embeds at one of the checkpoints with the Ukrainian National Guard, a volunteer militia made up of people who were protesting at the Kiev Maidan just a few short, but eventful, months ago. Simon spent the night in the dark basement of a police station with some of the men, as heavy fire and fighting rumbled above them.

Ukraine's presidential elections are scheduled for Sunday, but with this volatile situation in the east of the country, it's starting to look a lot more like a war.

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I think we should all also credit his equally big-balls camera man

Author — Ben Kelly


when VICE was actually still a bit of amazing..

These kind of docummentaries were the best what this channel had to offer!

Author — M3t4PhYzX


If Russia thinks it owns Crimea by virtue of history, doesn't Germany have an equal claim to Kaliningrad, 1255 - 1945?

Author — The Truth


Simon travels around everywhere covering this shitstorm, eventually getting captured and released. Then after a while he comes back right when shit is really hitting the fan.

Man's got balls.

Author — ComradeWinston


Simon, you've earned a ''balls of iron'' medal.

Author — TanknSpank


"Dont worry, everything will be ok, the A-Team is here"

Author — I Tried


The Ukranian Military is so much more open, friendly, professional than the separatists.

Author — Shephard


Out of all guys, only ONE speaks Ukrainian. Everybody else speaks Russian. So much for Russian BS about "outlawing Russian language"

Author — HiddenUsename


I'm glad to see footage from the Ukrainian perceptive, I am so fed up of seeing the pro Russian forces provoking Ukrainians into fighting them and then saying the Ukrainians attacked them first

Author — TheHalfPaddy


Good job Simon! I am glad there is someone to show what's going on. These guys are not military, they are not trained but they do love their country. As an ukrainian i am a little bit sad due to fact most of the military "points" are held by simple people, that just want to protect it's country from invaders. Army and special forces are holding most important points and covering these guys with helicopters and artillery. I am proud of such people. When country has it's patriots, it'll never die out. No matter what russians say, when all of the ukrainians see who is who.

Author — DevilMayFilm


I love auguring with brainwashed RT trolls that have a lack of cognitive skills.

Author — CHIMO UP


Simon has some huge balls man. Takes a lot of guts to go back into a country where you were taken hostage. Brave reporter

Author — Acidic


nice!  Simons back.

Yesterday, these "peaceful" Pro Russian Zombies attacked a Ukrainian Military checkpoint.  They were in an Armored truck, which was waved through the checkpoint.  After passing, the back of the truck was opened and the soldiers at the checkpoint were gunned down at point blank range.  11 Dead.

Anyone still want to call these separatists "peaceful protestors"?

Author — human151


note how pro-Russians talk to journalists and Ukrainian soldiers. Russians yell, harass to break camera, Ukrainians provide help to get where they want

Author — Pluto Planetko


Саймон - отличный пример - каким должен быть журналист. 

Author — Andrej House


Yes, Simon is back! I love the way he incorporates so many interviews and real people, who actually have to live though it all, into Russian Roulette. You really feel so much closer to the live action happening.

Author — HAL 9000


the ukrainian army is being taken over by the bandera people, they are replacing real soldiers who think twice before shooting their own people with national guard who are driven by revolutionary zeal and would kill anyone if their bandera commanders tell them to

Author — Greg L


Ukraine is sandwiched between Russia trying to rebuild an empire and the West trying to keep their empire. I feel bad for Ukraine. 

Author — Sardonic A


the Russians are champions of disinformation, and i'm glad to see that this Soviet era tactic finally explode on their faces.
the Americans aren't far behind in disinformation, only unfortunately for them they suck at it...

Author — wizzzer1337


7:43 I hope this guy survived, he seems like a very nice guy!

Author — Jake Parker