Culture News Politics, 03/04/2018

Soldiers Tell About Ukrainian-Russian War

A documentary “93: Battle for Ukraine” about the heroic fighting of the Ukrainian army against Russian invasion was screened in Kharkiv cinema Bommer on March 31.

The film presents the stories of servicemen of the 93rd Separate Mechanized Kharkiv Brigade of the fierce combats in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine in 2014, where they have been fighting since the very beginning of the hybrid war with Russia.

Most of the documentary is composed of the army men’s stories and their own unique videos shot with their mobile phones. Half a hundred interviews with the war veterans and fighters and several hours of their videos made a 50-minute film. The film director Lidia Guzhva says that the creative team worked about three years to gather the materials and to edit the shootage.

Valery Borudkin, the ATO veteran, who joined the 93rd brigade during the fourth mobilization in 2015, says: “Our brigade has a compelling combat record, and it is widely known all over Ukraine as a combat formation that went through Ilovaisk, Peski, Avdiivka, the major hot spots in Donetsk and Lugansk region. This film is precious for us, the veterans of the 93rd brigade, but is also an important historical document.”

The soldiers who became the main film characters are convinced that the documentary will serve as a weapon in the information war to prevent misinterpretation of the recent historic events.

The film ends with the episodes of the defense of the Donetsk airport, for which the fighters have got the legendary nickname “cyborgs.”

During the Kharkiv premiere, the cinema hall was overcrowded; some viewers had to stand in the aisles or sit on the floor. The filmmakers are planning to arrange additional screenings soon.

Reference: 93rd Separate Mechanized Kharkiv Brigade has been protecting the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine since the very beginning of the war in the East in 2014. This formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces has lost 272 soldiers in combat operations, which is the biggest casualty list among all Ukrainian military units.


Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: 93rd Mechanized Brigade