GUARDING THE GATES OF HELL
CRONICLES OF THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINIAN WAR
Soldiers in Donbass are not only protecting their land but also their European neighbors and the World order. Short stories from the frontline. Depicting true faces of peace guardians. Thanks to the help of the people that are not indifferent, peace in the world becomes stronger.
The documentary “Brothers in Arms” tells the stories of the Ukrainian soldiers, both of the regular Ukrainian Army and volunteer units, who are fighting at the East of the country with Russian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists. The documentary has been already presented in Kyiv and Lutsk (Ukraine) at the end of September with much success.
The filmmakers traveled alongside the frontline between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists interviewing soldiers and commanders of all major regiments, regular as well as volunteer. At the center of the narration is morale and patriotism of the military men and women who risk their lives defending their Motherland. This film is about people who create a new chapter in Ukrainian history. “Fellowship of ATO” is the first long-format documentary taking a deeper look at the war.
Filmmakers visited several locations in Luhansk and Donetsk regions and filmed daily routine and military operations of the Ukrainian Army, police regiments, National Guard (“Aidar,” “Donbass,” “Dnipro” units and others), volunteer regimen “Right Sector”, headquarters, as well as press center of the Anti-Terror Operation. The team of the “Brotherhood of ATO” conducted close to a hundred interviews with regular and volunteer soldiers and commanders: border guards, marines, pilots, gunners, tankers, motorized infantry, signalers, intelligence, counterintelligence, and sailors.
Also, interviewees with high-level commanders were filmed. Among those are Minister of Security Service Valentin Nalyvaichenko, General of the Army of the Republic of Ichkeria, the peacekeeping battalion commander named Dzokhar Dudaev, the Conductor of the Right Sector Dmytro Yarosh, Head of Department for of special purpose police Viktor Chalavan, of Interior Arsen Avakov, Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, speaker of the center “Informational Resistance” Dmytro Tymchuk who became the voice of the ATO, and others.
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