I’ve written about wanting to cover more business themes from Donbass here. So, I was happy to have the opportunity to spend a day at a bread factory here in Lugansk, with full reportage to come, in English. For now, a few screenshots here –
I add English subtitles to as much of my work from Donbass as possible, but of course, it’s excellent when there’s the opportunity to actually record an interview in English. So, here are 3 recent English-language interviews, from Donbass!
Here, people in Donetsk speak about life in Donetsk, and the DPR –
I catch up with Ronald again, the Dutchman in Donbass –
And here, Miss Elegance, of the recent Miss Lugansk People’s Republic, more to come, speaks about life in the LPR –
Last year, some of you may recall, I ran a campaign to raise funds for a headstone for the hero of my film, Aramis –
I’m very happy to say that the monument was put in place here in Lugansk this Saturday, and as you can see, it means a huge deal to his family – parents, brother, daughter and wife – who now serves in the militia – here.
A massive thanks to all of you who made this possible!
I’ve been back in Donbass for near 3 weeks now, here’s a look at 10 key pieces of reportage in that time.
1. A look at the difference in treatment of 2 British men who served for different sides in Donbass –
2. A trip to the LPR frontlines to see what Victory Day means for the fighters there – full English –
3. Full filming of Victory Day in Lugansk, here, the start of that event!
Here – a look at the ‘Immortal Regiment’ in Lugansk on Victory Day!
4. Republic Day in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which saw a turnout of some 60,000, but again, wasn’t covered by any western media! Here, a look at how it was –
5. Here on the Truth Speaker, I tackled the claims of Alexander Khodokovsky, a constant source of misinformation from Donbass.
6. And here, a debunking of more lies about Donbass from the Ukraine side –
7. Here, covering the conflict, as civilians again came under fire from Ukrainian forces, with a woman wounded, here in Kominternovo –
8. Here, a look at Lugansk, School 60, as the final bell of school sounded for sixth formers there –
9. And, it was a return to Kominternovo, to spend a day there in that DPR frontier town, to see how exactly it is. See here, for full video reportage –
10. And here, a revealing interview about the OSCE, with a Kominternovo woman –
All of this, and much much more, and it’s all been possible thanks to your support! To be involved in my new crowdfunding campaign, click here –
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I recently filmed Victory Day in Lugansk, capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Donbass. Here are the videos, on a day in which around 100,000 people turned out to mark the historic celebration of victory over fascism in WWII.
The beginning –
The military parade –
The military vehicle parade –
Just some of the entertainment, as local kids put on a show –
A mass march of people through the city, representing organisations, companies, associations –
The march of the ‘Immortal Regiment’, where people bear placards, usually of their forefathers who fought in the wars –
Firework display after the evening concert –
And this, just a sampling of the videos, of a truly remarkable day in Lugansk!
I recently filmed reportage at the March for Europe in London, prompting a few messages from some asking why I was ‘promoting’ a pro-EU event. Well, my own politics have always been clear on this matter – I don’t support, or even like, the EU, for any number of reasons.
However, when filming reportage, I always try to stay objective, and the answers of those I interviewed speak for themselves:
One common thread was the seeming belief among demonstrators, that the UK was physically leaving Europe. Somehow being uprooted, and put down elsewhere. And more, in almost every respondent, a conflation of the EU, and Europe – i.e. they love Europe, so they love the EU. |
Well, I love Europe – it’s a fascinating place to film reportage, and you’d struggle to find someone who’s traversed Europe more often than myself (obligatory Euro-selfie, right, Czech, 2011). But, the EU? That bloated, bureacratic monolith, led by a problem drinker and a man whose own country despise him? What’s to love?
Europe though, I’m here, excited to be here, and looking forward to bringing you interesting reportage on my travels! Remainers do not have the monopoly on ‘loving Europe’, by the way, as much as they may tell you otherwise!