Documentary, by Lubomir Dankov, Ukraine, 2020.
This is a film about the Donbas war, first person stories. You will hear the stories of the so-called "ordinary people". These people have been subjected to military-senseless attacks against civilian targets. They are victims of someone's desire to wage war at all costs on their territory. There are no author's comments in this film and no censorship of the thoughts of local residents. This film was specially made for viewers in Europe, who don't know what is happening in Eastern Ukraine. The aim of the film is to arouse interest in the armed conflict that has been going on for six years and to make people reflect on the responsibility of each of us for peace in Europe.
Now the war is going on all over Ukraine and the fate of the people of Donbass is shared by many people in the country. But while the "democratic world" was aggressively indifferent to the lives of the people of Donbass, a wave of empathy has now broken out. Not bad, indeed, but the bad taste of double standards remains. This large-scale war had to be stopped in its infancy, but apparently the interest in its expansion was too strong. We, the people who fought for peace during those eight years, failed because our voices were drowned out. But we did what we could.
When I first went to Donbass as an amateur journalist, I was ashamed. Shame on the "colleagues" journalists, who deliberately avoid the Donbass topic, shame on the whole "democratic community" that has buried its head in the sand. It is hard to believe that deliberate war crimes have been committed daily in the geographical center of Europe for six years already, but it is a fact. Worst of all, all of this can be stopped quickly and easily, but maintaining an armed conflict in the area is, for some people, a win-win deal. Darkness gives power to evil. Stay informed. It depends on you much more than you think.