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Ukraine: divided country by war? | VPRO Documentary

Ukraine: divided country by war? | VPRO Documentary

Ukraine is since 2014 trapped in an endless conflict. What happen to Ukraine and has the country been divided by war?
Ukraine is a country on the verge of bankruptcy, that has been ruled by corrupt politicians ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is now torn by a civil war. Does Ukraine even have a right of existence? Or was it, in fact, the war that united the Ukraine people? Jelle talks to refugees, and visits the KGB archives that have recently been opened to the public. We also visit the trenches, where volunteers are risking their lives to defend their country.

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.

It´s still unbelievable that Ukraine and Russia are at war. They are brother nations. The Russian empire originates from Ukraine, Kiev, to be precise. Ukraine was called ´the bread basket of the Soviet Union`. Literally the word Ukraine means `at the edge`. Maiden was the place where the revolution or the ´putsch´ started in 2014. The protests that started on Maiden changed the country completely. What started as protests ended into a war. Ukrainians are disillusioned and don’t trust the government anymore. Corstius talks to people on the street and refugees. He tries to find out how they feel about their homeland and a country that is divided and trapped in an endless conflict.

Original title: Broedervolk (8/8)
Director: Alexander Oey and Jelle Brandt Corstius
© VPRO September 2015

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