Maidan: Road to War was shot from 2014 to 2022, as the DNR and LNR territory was subjected to daily shelling from Ukraine. The film delves into the 2014 situation in Ukraine and pieces together the course of events. The film wants to draw the attention of the Ukrainian authorities to the shelling and the deaths of civilians in the Donbass, but the government didn’t respond.
Maidan movement gained momentum in Kiev in 2013. Protests were prompted by the government’s decision to suspend the signing of the association agreement with the European Union. At first, the protests looked like a rock festival, but soon signs of hostility started to creep in from politicians and nationalists.
They were deliberately provocative. Leaders of nationalist organisations admit they have been preparing for violent street riots long before the protests engulfed Kiev. They planned a revolution and the deposition of the government from the start.
See how the events unfolded and what eventually led to the conflict in this film.
00:00 - intro
01:16 - The unique thing about Ukraine was that it showed the way of peace
07:44 - There was only a particular group in the West who embraced this, who became the core of this protest
16:27 - Poroshenko appeared on the Maidan many times.
24:38 - In Kiev, they called it the Revolution of Dignity, but people in the Southeast considered it a coup d’état
34:45 - The reason why Donbass was a shockwave epicentre was that they realised no one would listen to them
39:28 - Civilian casualties had to be presented as human shields for the terrorists and separatists
45:09 - The first to come under attack was Slavyansk residents
49:24 - Poroshenko was inaugurated on the 7th June 2014 in Kiev