The last week turned out to be really hot: Trump and Putin discussed the referendum in the east of Ukraine, NABU and SAP dipped into the rating war, and the clouds of international sanctions hung over our economy. More – in the weekly digest through the prism of the film “Donbass” by Sergei Loznitsa.
The Ukrainian premiere of Loznitsa‘s film took place at the Odesa International Film Festival under the sound of loud applause of demanding viewers. The film shows a tough life in the occupied territories, where often an animal side beats the human one. This is extremely relevant not only for our country but for the whole world. The premiere for the public will be in autumn, but for now, you can enjoy (or be scared) with the shots from the picture “Donbass” by Loznitsa, who won the award at the Cannes Film Festival.
On Monday, the first meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was held in Helsinki. The leaders of the countries talked at least for an hour and a half without the media, but the journalists still found out what was the conversation about. In particular, the presidents discussed the possibility of holding a referendum in Donbas under the “sensitive supervision of the international community”. In any way, according to sources, the American president was a perfect toady and showed total loyalty to Vladimir. A week ago at the NATO summit, Trump shouted that if not for Obama, the annexation of the Crimea wouldn’t happen. Well, as it turned out, chatting is not the same as the peacebuilding.
What reminds you a circus more: the wedding of militants in the DPR or the media war between Sytnyk’s NABU and Kholodnytsky’s SAP? On Tuesday, unknown young men broke into the buildings of two anti-corruption structures. In one office, they made a chaos, and in another, they threw cakes of the well-known candy factory and poured green medicine mixture on Kiva and Shabunin. Jokes are jokes, but the latter received a chemical burn of the eye and was had to be hospitalized. It seems that the media war of Sytnik and Kholodnytsky crossed the border of healthy competition and became a farce. Come on, can you fight corruption, not each other?
Russia plans to impose economic sanctions on Ukraine in response to the accession of our country to the EU’s restrictions. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said that Kyiv is not afraid of such a decision and in any case, will implement a tough policy against the aggressor. And how Ukraine will resist the European Union – is unknown since the EU because of a trade war with the United States was forced to introduce quotas on metal products – our production also. Our ministers stated that there are no grounds for restrictions, but their words looked so indistinct that metalworkers throughout the country are now hysterically searching for new markets so that we don’t have one dollar for 30 UAH this exact winter. Perhaps, it’s better to tackle this problem than to mock the sanctions from the Russian Federation, the trade with which, incidentally, has been growing for the second year in a row.
In Loznytsya’s film, militants laugh at a German journalist, as well as Russian spies are laughing at the OSCE mission in Donbas. The OSCE special monitoring mission (CMM) considers the information leak, published by German journalists as “a heavy blow” and will conduct an internal investigation. It is already known that Russian spies were collecting data on which women prefer Alexander Khug – the head of the mission and other personal and extremely private things. In addition, a flash drive that got journalists contains a mini-dossier on the members of the mission, which describes character traits, propensity to drink alcohol, financial status, what women they like, etc. Moreover, the OSCE inspectors are constantly at the positions of the Ukrainian Army and know their location, so this data is not a secret for Russian mercenaries in Donbas.
This week the whole world recalled the terrible tragedy over the sky of Donetsk. Terrorists shot down a passenger plane MH17 using the Russian “Buk”. This terrorist attack in the air has been the second largest by the number of victims since September 11, 2001, in New York. 298 dead are still not buried in their native land, and the killers weren’t held accountable for the tragedy. The US, the EU and the rest of the civilized world are blaming Russia, a military unit of the Russian Federation, from which the missiles were brought, has already been found, but does it matter if Trump shakes Putin’s hand, and Europeans still have not decided on the Nord Stream? All diplomacy, all support of the “Western world” is breaking over annexed Crimea and tempestuous Donbas.
One of the most difficult scenes of the film “Donbass” is an episode of a jeering at Ukrainian volunteer. An elderly man stays strong when an animal crowd tries to break him. The same is Oleg Sentsov, who has been on his hunger strike for 69 days and is not going to give up. The imprisoned director is only surprised why our politicians stopped fighting for Ukrainian captives. Well, this week the world celebrated one century since the birth of Nelson Mandela, the political leader of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison for his political views, and then defeated apartheid and became the head of the state. Therefore, we don’t throw up our hands and pray that Oleg gets out as soon as possible and start doing what he can do the best – receive our applause for his films.
Text by Kostyantyn Rul