Ukraine on Fire

Synopsis: Ukraine. Across its eastern border is Russia and to its west-Europe. For centuries, it has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands and access to the Black Sea. 2014's Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator by Western media. But was it? "Ukraine on Fire" by Igor Lopatonok provides a historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region which lead to the 2004 Orange Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically elected Yanukovych. Covered by Western media as a people's revolution, it was in fact a coup d'état scripted and staged by nationalist groups and the U.S. State Department. Investigative journalist Robert Parry reveals how U.S.-funded political NGOs and media companies have emerged since the 80s replacing the CIA in promoting America's geopolitical agenda abroad.
Genre: Documentary
95 min

warning :
cigarette smoking

here in kiev in recent days

the maidan the independence square

has turned into a full-scale war zone

more clashes in ukraine's capital kiev

there is absolutely no doubt that snipers

are working here. i counted 10 bodies

viktor yanukovich: even today we don't know

who shot those people. that is the problem

now on the brink of civil war

at least 70 dead so far

and the death toll is rising

vitaliy zaharchenko: these technologies

i repeat, no country is safe from them

what we saw here today was a revolution

k :
hail to ukraine

want to know what's happening in ukraine?

victoria nuland:
we have spent over 5 billion dollars to assist ukraine

vitaliy zaharchenko: in big politics

whatever they're talking about

they are talking about money

oliver stone:
nato has expanded by 13 countries

up to the borders of russia. 13 countries

the focus has to be not allowing

this crisis to turn into a hot war

between ukraine and russia

viktor yanukovich: this is a dangerous topic

we're talking about war

no one should feel safe today


it's an ancient and proud land

with a rich history

filled with much beauty

heroism and sacrifice

ukraine is a border land

a place where east meets west

this is the flag of ukraine

the blue represents the sky

the gold is seeming endless fields of wheat

ukraine is a prize many have sought

and much blood was spilled in a quest to posess it

ukraine has been the path for the western countries

as they attempted to conquer the east

in world war I

and in world war II

and every time the ukrainian people payed

the highest price for this grand games of power

history doesn't repeat but it surely rhymes

said mark twain

looking closely to the history of ukraine

one will notice many rhymes

being surrounded by stronger powers

ukrainians needed a lot of cunning to survive

the art they truly mastered in time

was the art of changing sides

iIn the middle of the 17th century

ukrainian leader bogdan khmelnitskiy

broke the peace they made with poland

and sided with more powerful russia

just over 50 years later

as the russian-swedish war was raging

another ukrainian leader ivan mazepa

broke the union with russia and switched sides

joining forces with the swedish invaders

many times ukrainian history

was written by third parties

seeking to keep the gains of the revolution

russia agreed to the humiliating brest-litovsky peace of 1918

which turned ukraine into a german protectorate

another historical document

that changed the fate of ukraine

was the molotov-ribbentrop pact of 1939

one of many such agreements being signed

between european countries and rising germany

attempting to protect his nation

from the approaching nazi threat

Joseph Stalin negotiated a treaty

of non-aggression with adolf hitler

while promising each other peace

soviet and german foreign ministers

molotov and ribbentrop

divided the map of eastern europe splitting it

into german and soviet spheres of influence

as soon as the molotov-ribbentrop pact was signed

poland was split

and in september of 1939

eastern poland became the western ukraine

and a part of the family of the soviet republics

and the USSR

but even this bold dividing of land

only delayed the war

germany broke its promise to the USSR

on june 22nd 1941 germany invaded the USSR

and launched barbarossa

the largest military operation in world history

barbarossa was aiming for

saint-petersburg, moscow and kiev, ukraine

three destinations of major significance

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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