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What happens in Ukraine? Documentaries to understand the crisis | Digital Trends Spanish

Permanent tensions and threats are part of the armed conflict that has lasted for nearly a decade between Ukraine and Russia, and which has claimed the lives of more than 14,000 people and caused the displacement of millions of Ukrainians. But,what’s happening in ukraine? These documentaries try to explain the crisis.

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The current crisis erupted between 2013 and 2014, when the protests known as the Revolution of Dignity in favor of a European integration of Ukraine, ended with the overthrow of the then Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. However, the conflict has its origins in the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, when its territories became independent republics.

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Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015)

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is a documentary that deals with the violent protests that took place in Ukraine between 2013 and 2014, which were known as Euromaidan or the Revolution of Dignity. The work portrays how the student demonstrations in favor of the European integration of Ukraine turned into a revolution that ended with the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych and the fragmentation of the country.


Ukraine on Fire (2016)

Documentary Ukraine on Fire

The documentary Ukraine on Fire chronicles the events leading up to Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution of 2013 and 2014, through a historical perspective on the deep divisions in the region. In this way, the work of the Ukrainian Igor Lopatonok and the American Oliver Stone concludes that it was not a popular movement, but protests encouraged by the West. The second part, RevealingUkraine, is also available streaming.

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The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul (2015)

Documentary The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival, the documentary The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul addresses the crisis in Ukraine through the particular gaze of girls. In a divided and war-torn country, the work shows how little girls audition to play the role of figure skater Oksana Baiul, considered a national hero after winning the gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics.


Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2017)

Documentary Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine

Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine is a documentary that looks at people transformed by a democratic revolution, who give up their normal lives to fight a war that has killed thousands and displaced 1.9 million Ukrainians.

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Maidan Massacre (2014)

Documentary Maidan Massacre

Maidan Massacre is a documentary that investigates the shootings recorded on February 20, 2014 in Ukraine, when about 50 people were killed in Kiev’s Independence Square. Ukrainian authorities blamed Russia for being behind the crimes.

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