Ukraine's Crisis and War in New Exclusive Timeline Documentary [VIDEO
DNI News, 29 July, 2017 The
researcher and editor Chris Nolan (Watchdog
Media) has done a remarkable documentary named "8
Months in Ukraine", which was published just short while ago
in July 2017. Huge over 5 hours of important timeline history can be
followed from the events in Maidan, to the small village of
Grabovo in 2014, where Malesian airlines flight MH17 was shot
down in the Donbass sky.
watching the full
documentary series, I can just say, based on my wide experience
and first-hand knowledge of the events in Ukraine and especially here
in the former Ukraine in Donbass, that this documentary is a
true "reality war movie", touching and also most teaching
the director of the DONi Donbass International News Agency, I feel
the need to offer some constructive comments and give my
analysis about this impressive documentary, which gives all
viewers a great possibility to really timetravel to recent history
and understand with their own conclusions the factual basis of
the crisis in Ukraine and the ongoing war in Donbass.
documentary shows the full blown information war, which has led to
the events, and touching timeline remind us powerfully of the all key
players behind the coup in Maidan, and about those powers who
actually fueled the civil war, and what's most important, how the
truth was distorted for the western population.
video thoroughly reveals that the western mainstream media’s
narrative related to events in Ukraine was not accurate in relation
to what the first-person captured videos show. It also clearly shows
that there was a substantial amount of video footage placed online
that revealed that fascist battalions from Kiev attacked innocent
ethnic Russian Ukrainian civilians in a number of locations and
repressed dissent in horrific and murderous ways……on camera."
about the documentary
truth is truth, and I really don't have any objection against
the material that has been gathered to the timeline - it's
just a great work and good editing. I understand that from tons
of material you just have to make decisions between many difficult
choices, what should be left to the final version, and what
from over 35 hours of video material to the final 5 hours
timeline leaves no other choice than to make a stand, and keep
the timeline understanding as clear as possible. I really do
understand the challenge Chris Nolan has taken with this historic
masterpiece, what teaches about the reality, politics and
geopolitics above the events in the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis
have been chief editor since 2011 and when situation turned very
ugly in the Maidan in 2013, I have been basically dealing daily with
information from the region up to this day. So, after all, I do have
my own strong view about the reality and what really happened in
Ukraine, the Crimea and Donbass, and what were the leading news
to make my own timeline understanding.
for me it really was a teaching opportunity to follow the
documentary and compare Nolan's points to my own, which also in the
end led me to found and run an official news agency for the Donetsk
and Lugansk People's Republics - to defend the truth as the main task
of my life in 2015.
I were the editor of this documentary, I would also add
something, what I saw important that time, and what has also come
clear in the aftermath of the events. My notes are meant to be
only constructive for further understanding and discussions, so, just
watch and enjoy the documentary, and I hope that people will
keep in mind also some issues and events, which in my point of view,
should be remembered in this timeline of the events in and
around Ukraine over these 8 months.
Three Maidans - and the last what I observed there myself
the documentary shows the keypoints what were important also for
me when I dig deeper to the truth in the events in Maidan. US
and western hands have been all around the events from the beginning
and in the end armed extremists executed the coup with huge funding,
training and support from abroad.
I personally saw and witnessed in first-hand in a week
tour in Maidan in March 2014 is very important to share. It
was not only the events in January-February, when huge violence of
ultra-extremists (Nazis) and when this armed coup was praised as
"peaceful demonstrations and desire of democracy" for
western population, but in those days and weeks after the coup in
March, when thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators were still in
why they were still there, behind the barricades until the late
spring, even when the coup was done already in February? We need to
understand that actually there happened three Maidans in Kiev.
The first Maidan was a kind of a 'peaceful' CIA-handbook Color
Revolution (tm) organized by several foreign funded NGOs (George
Soros & Co), western support, and it was called the
"Euro-Maidan". These events started in October-November
the first Maidan came, the second one took place, when the Right
Sector was formed and after massive amount of famous Nazi symbols was
raised over the Maidan. By the end of the year, Euro-Maidan was
abolished and recruiting offices for extremists right-wing activists
started. People were paid to continue their violent actions
against the Ukrainian government. This second Maidan had basically
nothing to do with the first one on the Ukrainian public level, and
it was a Color Revolution (tm) with steroids. But many patriots in
Ukraine were fooled to believe the lies.
the coup in February, all contracted Right Sector extremists
were almost immediately moved from Maidan to the military training
camps. Rise of the "Ukrainian National Guard" was done with
almost zero coverage in the western mainstream media, and new
nationalist battalions were ordered to get ready to be sent to the
east - against the Russian population. Just to remind and understand,
one of these extremist unit was named "Slave Makers".
development led to resistance among Ukrainian patriots, and
thousands of Maidan-activists refused from "their second task"
to operate as nationalist soldiers for new junta-regime. What I saw
in March 2014 was not anymore a nationalist coup, but resistance of
betrayed Ukrainian patriots, who took control of the central square,
and I personally witnessed how these people were heavy fighting
against Right Sector Nazis, who were not allowed to enter Maidan
anymore that time. They were beaten by force out from the Maidan!
my point of view, it was very sad that no influencial body or
any country were willing to fund this Ukrainian patriot uprising
against nationalist coup in Ukraine, and those counteractivists
who I met there were cut off from all money, support and what's
most crucial, all media coverage what was strong until the coup
was executed. So, after a few months, this third Maidan was
demolished by Ukrainian officials together with Right Sector
after that moment and after months of tense situation in
the center of the Ukrainian capital, western-backed fascism and Nazis
took full control over Kiev, and also it was that time the
actual war in Donbass was ready to begin.
The Crimea - democratic process with local self-defence units
the time of the coup and in the aftermath, I kept my full focus
on these Banderists, Right Sector militants and formation of
nationalist battalions, which were funded by multinational oligarchs.
develoment was well covered in the Russian media as well, and it led
to wide understanding of the growing threat the a new fascist regime
and Nazi militants were posing for the Ukrainian Russian population
and their regions in the Crimean peninsula and Donbass. When Right
Sector was send from the Maidan to the military training camps,
Crimeans were the first to react to the new great threat.
documentary gives a good general outlook to the events in the Crimea,
but it forgets to highlight some major issues, and those were
forming of the self-defence units from Crimeans and Ukrainian
officials, who gave their oaths in public events for the Crimean
government. These local security troops didn't include Russians and
Russian military basically stayed in their base in Sevastopol.
situation evolved to a stand off between self-defence units and few
Ukrainian units, who were not willing to stay calm and in their
barracks, some important support tasks were given to Russian special
forces to keep the situation in control around these bases, but
everything was executed with very limited goals, and Russian military
could be seen only in few military installations.
all means that Russia didn't occupy the Crimea and this is a
fact that happened only in Ukrainian and western propaganda.
What is also truth, Russia was ready to give strong political support
to the Crimea, but they had very different attitude to Eastern
the end, the Crimean process was strongly and foremost a democratic,
and a looming conflict was averted. Another important highlight
should be those 97% of Ukrainian troops and officials, who
decided to join the Russian army and other institutions after the
referendum, and the Russian Federation decided to accede the Crimea
back to Russia.
Donbass - the war
basis of local resistanse in Donbass was laid already in 2004-2005
when the first western-backed Color Revolution (tm) happened in Kiev.
At that time a threat from hostile coup was acknowledged in among
Donetsk politicians, businessman, and activists. When the coup in the
Maidan took place, political movement for local autonomy and demand
for federalization of Ukraine had taken long preparation.
was not prepared was local self-defence units, and formation of
armed resistance against nationalist batallions was done in great
hurry and under huge pressure. As I know the facts of how everything
evolved in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, there was lots of confuse
and lack of supplies, arms and organizations at the beginning. When
Ukrainian attacks started in the Slavyansk area and first armed units
were fighting in the outskirts of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, wider
mobilization of local residents took place in other parts of Donbass.
documentary states clear the truth, that it was Ukraine who declared
the war and also started the fighting after huge problems to gather
enough extremist forces to overtake the region. The
first junta-president Turchinov gave the orders to execute
military operations with all weapon systems, as escalation still
surprises many locals.
should be highlighted are those thousands of Donbass miners who
stood up and took the arms against Kiev troops to protect their
homes. That great uprising was fueled with referendum for the
self-governed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, what was seen
as "Russian-backed separatism" in the western propaganda.
we are talking about arming new units of the Donetsk and Lugansk
regions, everyone should keep in mind that local former
Ukrainian soldiers, security officers and also their bases turned to
the side of independence movement after the administration was taken
over by political coalition of independence supporters. That means
also their equipments were handed over to the new DPR and LPR
People's Militia units.
was also trading of weapons taking place, because many Donbass-born
businessmen were on the side of resistance, they allocated a lot
of money to buy needed military hardware from Ukrainian
installations. These trades were happening in the night and certainly
without cameras. These are just facts from the ground, and this
trading between militia forces and Ukrainian forces also included
heavy weapon systems with ammunitions.
documentary gives some hints that Russia was behind arming of the
Donbass defenders, but there is no evidense, that Russia has
delivered weapon systems or sent military units to fight the war
in Donbass. It's just a fact and these evidences haven't been in
hands of any international organization either. What we know is, that
Russia is actively supporting Donbass with humanitarian aid and just
recently, also political steps have been done.
the military achievements, the trophies start to flow to the DPR and
LPR militia forces. Those weapons were immediately turned against
Kiev forces. Tanks, artillery, Grads... all of those hundreds of
weapons were taken from the cauldrons, which is also covered in the
documentary. Only in the biggest cauldron in the Ilovaisk area, over
3,5 Ukrainian brigades lost most of their weapons and materials,
which were later grabbed by the DPR People's Militia. The same
huge amount of material was taken from the Kiev forces in the LPR
these remarkable military events led to the situation that followed,
when the DPR and LPR armed forces were ready to start their counter
offensives, and after that Ukrainian military defeat in Donbass was
seen. Military situation of the Ukrainian armed forces had turn to
critical by the shooting down of the flight MH17.
this documentary it's also covered that military situation in
the Ukrainian side had turned into a catastrophe. But as western
media still hailed "liberations of the Donbass regions from
pro-Russian separatists" was steaming high, the reality was
totally different. There are thousands of reasons why the West and
Ukraine needed some new and "nasty surprise" to turn
people's attention away from war situation and hide the military
down the MH17 came as a present for the stressed Kiev regime ,and
world forgot that they had just lost a war to occupy Donbass
with Ukrainian armed forces and extremist batallions.
watch the documentary and keep the discussion going on. There is
nothing more important than the truth, and we here in the DPR and the
LPR need your help to spread the wider understanding - why we need to
fight back and then end this absolutely crazy war, which has claimed
alraeady tens of thousands of lives.
article, Janus Putkonen, director and chief editor of DONi Donbass