The 12 Best Documentaries About Ukraine

Jul 18, 2023 | Best Of, Culture, History

Ukraine is a country of immense beauty and culture. Through the lens of documentary filmmakers, we are able to explore Ukraine’s past and present. These twelve documentaries provide an insightful look into Ukrainian history, politics, and culture. From local stories to global issues, these films offer unique perspectives that tell the story of Ukraine in ways that no other medium can.


1. The Land And Its People

Ukraine is a beautiful land of warm and friendly people, with a long cultural history filled with good food, deep friendships, and natural beauty. For ex-pats living in the country, however, there is an ever-present risk of conflict and corruption. While most Ukrainians are not affiliated to any religion, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has a strong presence in western Ukraine while Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Islam (predominantly practiced by Crimean Tatars), and Judaism are minority religions. If you’re looking for a place rich in culture and diversity that also has its share of challenges – then Ukraine may be just what you’re looking for!


2. Maidan Massacre Ukraine

In a shocking event that shook the world in 2014, hundreds of unarmed protesters were gunned down in Kyiv’s Independence Square (Maidan). Six years later, no one has been held accountable for this tragedy. In this documentary we explore the ongoing efforts to uncover the truth and bring justice to those affected by Ukraine’s Dignity Revolution. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aims to right past wrongs but acknowledges there are flaws within the legal system which remain an obstacle. Join us as we investigate how far these attempts have come and what is still left to be done.


3. Ukraine: Europe’s Forgotten War

The conflict in Ukraine is one that has been largely forgotten by the world, yet it still affects the lives of many civilians living on the front lines. This documentary takes a look at how things began in 2013 with a wave of protests erupting in Kyiv and how it led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and war in Eastern Ukraine. It shows how President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an agreement that would have brought his country closer to Europe, instead choosing to align himself with Moscow. We also learn about the violent repression he meted out against protesters before being overthrown in 2014. Watch this film to gain insight into this forgotten yet devastating war and its effects on those who live there today.


4. 93: The Battle For Ukraine

In January 2014, the 93rd MIB was alerted to a possible Russian aggression. To be combat-ready, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles were reactivated while conscripts and reservists were recruited and trained. By March of that year, Russia had invaded Crimea for the first time. Despite being severely understaffed, the 93rd MIB became one of the most successful units in the Ukrainian Armed Forces due to their resilience and support from Ukrainian citizens. This documentary will explore how this incredible display of strength came about.


5. A Hybrid War

In this documentary, we explore the hybrid war waged by Russia against Ukraine. We look at how Russian troops were deployed without any formal declaration of war or acknowledgement from the government and how they wore no insignia or chevrons during their military operations in 2014-2015. Discover why hybrid warfare is so pervasive and why it’s a repressed form of conflict that occurs when an open invasion is too expensive. Learn what you need to know about this contemporary form of conflict between countries and its consequences for those involved.


6. Ukraine – Living with war

Living in Ukraine is a daily struggle for many people who have been affected by the Russian invasion. Buildings are destroyed, infrastructure has been damaged and thousands of civilians have lost their lives due to missile strikes. But despite all this chaos, Ukrainians remain resilient and determined to pursue a life of normalcy each day. This video sheds light on the struggles faced by citizens living with war and showcases how they strive hard to make the most out of every situation.


7. Russia and Ukraine: One Year of War

It has been one year since Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine, but despite his promise of a “three-day war”, the conflict still rages on. This documentary looks at the costs and consequences of this ongoing struggle. Through interviews with those affected by the conflict, we explore how much has been lost in pursuit of so little gain for either side.


8. The Defenders of Donbas: Ukraine war frontline

The Ukraine war has been a long and difficult battle, but the Ukrainian army is doing their best to fight back against Russian aggression in the Donbas region. In this documentary, we explore the frontline of this conflict and meet some of the brave Defenders of Donbas who are risking their lives to protect their homeland. We also hear stories from those living on both sides of the conflict – giving viewers insight into how this war has affected them personally. Join us as we take an in-depth look at The Defenders of Donbas: Ukraine War Frontline!


9. Children caught up in the Ukraine War

The Ukraine War has had a devastating effect on the country’s children. With two thirds of them becoming refugees, many have suffered from the loss of loved ones, separation from family members and their homes being destroyed. This documentary shares stories of these brave children who are caught up in this conflict and highlights how they are trying to cope with such an overwhelming situation. Join us as we take a look at the lives of those affected by this war and explore ways that we can help bring hope back into their lives.


10. The propaganda war for Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is a complex and multifaceted conflict. Not only does it consist of military battles, but also of an ongoing propaganda battle between the Ukrainian government and Russia. In this documentary we explore the strategies employed by both sides to win over hearts and minds. We also look at how President Zelenskyy’s olive green T-shirt has become a symbol of hope for Ukrainians everywhere. Learn more about this fascinating conflict with our documentary!


11. War crimes in Ukraine

This video takes a deep dive into the war crimes committed in Ukraine. It all started with an attack from Russia and soon after, drone videos provided evidence of heinous acts. We’ll follow reporters as they track down survivors and suspects to uncover the truth behind this tragedy. Join us as we explore what really happened on that highway outside Kyiv.


12. How Did People Live in Ukraine Before the War?

Find out about the life of people in Ukraine before the war! From luxury hotels to wild parties, Odessa is a fashionable seaside destination with plenty of attractions. But under the surface lies tension between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian sides. In this video, we explore what life was like for Ukrainians before the war broke out and how it has changed since then. Get ready to learn an interesting history lesson!

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