Solo Through War-Torn Donbass 🇺🇦

Avaldati 8 märts 2021
🇺🇦 In 2014 the Ukrainian part of the Donbass erupted into war. Separatists from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions took up arms and took control of Ukrainian towns all along the eastern region of the country. Eventually they were pushed back until they controlled just the cities of Lugansk and Donetsk and some surrounding villages. I went off to visit some of the towns that the Ukrainian army had re-taken along the front lines to see how life was progressing and to hunt for the ultimate Soviet mosaic...

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  • 29:26 It says "Secular temptation champagne"

  • Спасибо, awesome content bro, how do you know so much about Ukraine?

  • You’d have literally no chance if you didn’t speak Russian out there.

  • Clicked on this video just to have a quick look by scrolling... ended up watching the whole video You are a really fun and entertaining guy to watch xD

  • did u actually convince a girl sitting next to you to film u reading a newspaper? what a legends. keep up good content my friend

  • Haha, that celebration. I wondered why to buy overaged soviet stuff...

  • You need to invest in a pair of gor-tex hiking boots for adventures like these. I could feel your misery, especially when that car splashed you, but it was pretty funny too.

  • Can you please do a video in Pinsk, Belarus?? It's a very historic city and much of the population was decimated during the war.

  • I like how you vlog everything. Take care always Mr. Bald

  • Great videos keep going so I can travel through your travels. I want to see more Soviet stuff.

  • All these tragedies in Eastern Ukraine are thanks to mother Russia.

  • "When the Owners fight, the slaves suffer" -- Ukrainian (or Russian) proverb. You're a brave man B&B and you're our only source for honest reporting about the nations of the former Soviet Union and what's really going on in that part of the world.

  • Let's just all take a moment to check our privledge. I'm barely getting by but I'm rich compared to these people. I don't think I have the balls of those babushka. Thanks for the videos.

  • Mans rlly got to go to Donbass before Kaliningrad.

  • It's not safe to give every one know you're a foreigner and traveling alone.

  • please go to kosovo next or pakistan

  • Well at least they can say that they had metros in the nineties. Denmark firm have any until recently.

  • Incredible video this one bald. Genuinely such a pleasure to watch

  • The moments you haven't noticed (2): on 16:22 there's a graffiti "КИБОРГИ" (The Cyborgs) - a Ukrainian nick-name for the soldiers who defended the Donetsk International Airport during 242 days in 2014-2015 against the elite Russian military troops (including Naval Infantry and Spetsnaz GRU squads and the Chechen Guard of Ramzan Kadyrov). The film "Cyborgs" based on these events was shot in 2017 by a Crimean Tatar actor and director Akhtem Seitablayev, here's the trailer: eeclone.info/glo/pY3bpHuFnbKYuHY/video

  • The cheapest hotels are like 80 quid in northern ireland and they're not 1/4th as nice as that ffs

  • хде автокефалия хде томас Прыг скок с пяточки на ОКРАИНЕ автоматик не работает мы опять обкакались

  • The moments you haven't noticed (1): on 28:00 a mosaic shows the Red Army soldier who crushes a two-headed eagle with a crown: a symbol of the Tsar's empire, but also a present-day coat of arms of Russian Federation. So symbolic... :)

  • I'd be too scared of booby traps and landmines to step anywhere away from the road.

  • These metro stations look like something out of an old source engine game

  • You mentioned the Cossacks as free people. That's true in historical meaning, but those who joined the Russian occupation of Eastern Ukraine have nothing common with free people. The Don Cossack culture, lifestyle and identity were totally destroyed by Communists twice: first after the Civil War of 1918-23 (since they mostly fought against the Red Army and were recognized as an "enemy social group"), then after WW2 (since some of them were so unhappy with two decades of the Soviet rule that they joined the German Army and were treated by Stalin as "traitors"). What is called "A Don Cossack Host" is just a modern-day artificial reconstruction, entirely controlled by FSB (Russian secret police). One of the "atamans" (leaders) of Russian Cossacks, Nikolay Kozitsyn, who had a long military background in Russian-led wars against Georgia and Moldova, also in Serbia (on the side of Serbian nationalists against Kosovo), later became a part of a story of Malaysian Boeing MH17 shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft rocket. That "brave free Cossack" was informed of what had happened on the territory controlled by his troops and his reaction was: "So what? It's the wrong f***ing place to fly! It's our warzone!" So these "Cossacks" are too faaaaaaar from being "free people"...

  • 00:33 You cannot fast travel when enemies are nearby :D

  • Just a fact-checking. A taxi driver: "Artemovskaya was a perfectly normal name. Bakhmut was thought up by..." The reality: Bakhmut is an old Nogai-Turkic name, possibly derived from Mahmood < Muhammad, the oldest Cossack settlement had this name since 1570s, Bakhmut was recognized as a city with this name since 1783 and then was temporarily renamed by Bolsheviks in 1924, after another Bolshevik, so-called "Comrade Artyom". So compare, Artyomovsk: 1924-2016 (92 years), Bakhmut: [at least] 1783-1924 and 2016-2021 (146 years, or about 350 years if you count since XVI century). The taxi driver is himself "a perfectly normal" sample of a rootless soviet man, brainwashed by communist propaganda, rejecting all the culture, history and heritage beyond the "Soviet Era".

  • Bald, your channel is one of the best ever!

  • No one knows about big Soviet mosaics because we got used to it and mostly don’t care 🤷‍♀️ those mosaics were everywhere 😁

  • Your country is guilty for all this poverty and war. Your government and governments of Europe and America supported and prodused several revolutions in Ukraine, so now it is starving country and country with Civil War. Just remember it, while giving some money to ukrainien babushkas and thinking of yourself the Noble Western Traveler in the Wild Field.

  • Хороший выпуск, куда дальше? Nice show, were you're going next?

  • @bald and bankrupt Fuckin' hell man. This is the world we live in. I feel sorry for those people living through all of this and putting up with it. I wish this world was a better place.. People needs to see this. Thanks B&B

  • Is he holding an RPG 26 in the thumbnail!?

  • It's so terrifying that in the 21st century you can have a regular war not so far from the western europe and nobody ja doing anything about this. Just sad for those people.

  • This guy is so brave. Traveling alone all the time!

  • The war needs to stop now Protracted wars drain the treasury and achieve little. What would happen if the soldiers on both sides just packed up and went away one day?

  • "Your credit follows you anywhere" I highly doubt your credit would follow you to half the places bald has been

  • from 11:25 forward it seems you crossed my fathers path to school. I heard it was very common to have to fight with the wolves, wrestle with bears and sometimes you got so tired you had to hijack a tank going by to get home.

  • How much you pay for the taxi?

  • You make cool video! I am from Ukraine. Respect for help babushka. When you learn russian? Your russian is very good

  • this video looks a map in warzone

  • I love this guy.

  • You're the best! Love your work. "Babashka Game On" lol

  • 34:20 Молодец, Лысый! Good job.

  • :35 "SON OF A MOTHER BITCH" 😅

  • Love this guy ❤️ he definitely deserves a place on Netflix well spoken well educated and intelligent good work my guy

  • I thought he was carrying an RPG at first in the thumbnail 😂

  • 0:34 a Wild Babushka appears You use confuse It was very effective Wild Babushka retreats!

  • Top channel, top films 👍

  • I hope you do a similar series with Georgia , around small towns of Kutaisi , Gori etc.

  • Actually a fine mosaic. Cool video.

  • Babushkas arguing

  • Great Republic of Donetsk

  • I would be careful picking up any weapon there. It could be boobytrapped.

  • So tell us all about the woman at 6:40.

  • I have newspaper the times 21st February 2014 (as new condition) showing the rubble in independence square Kiev, ..for sale if interested. I also have the Daily telegraph 21st February 2014 showing the same thing but different photo

  • 3:30 metro pulls up my brain: THX logo

  • Um, you call that not very fancy? You should come to New York. Our subway makes that place look like a fucking palace!

  • Using the park bench to pop the champagne cork 🤌🍾

  • Ukraine is a breakaway separatist Russian province.

  • I wish this series was longer. My father was born in the Ukraine and it's interesting for me to see these videos.

  • Great video, thanks for going into the inferno for us!

  • Bald is the type of guy who would sit on a random sitplace on street just to see if its comfotable

  • Basically Ukraine outside of Kiev is a shithole. Old Ladas and bad roads and even worse buildings..all that in 24 years of freedom...no wonder Russians wanted out.

  • The snipers will love your hat

  • Cheers Ukraine !!!!

  • it's interesting that there's no vandalism and graffiti in the metro, in my country everything would be destroyed and scribbled.

  • Hello from occupied Donetsk! I understand that you need to show as much as you can. but please dont touch any military-like stuff ad dont visit destroyed buildings! It can be dangerous because it can contain undetonated explosives. Good luck!

  • Hello, i'm from Dnipro city! Actually, there is new metro stations under active construction, so probably in the future it wll be not the shortest metro in the world anymore :D

  • 0:34 a mystery woman (містична жінка)

  • It's a pity you did not go to Donetsk. You would find there what you cannot find in post-Maidan Ukraine. Erasing the history and inventing a "new history" has its price and that includes the beautiful art pieces that do not support that new version of the past 🤷‍♀️

  • There was another mosaic on the left side of the entry. I guess that one was "de-communized".

  • If you’re still in Ukraine, check out the mosaic in Mykolaiv. Дворец культуры, it’s a massive one. Sudnobudivnykiv Square, 3, Mykolaiv, Mykolaiv Oblast, 54000

  • You are a fucking Legend Mr Benjamin

  • EnglishMan in Donbass.Your russian is perfekt.

  • Ben! do you fancy accompanying an Australian lass on the trans-siberian once they let us leave the country?

  • WHERE IS ALINKSI?

  • The girl on your left in the bus was so pretty 😍

  • Thats how you enjoy a champagne :)

  • This guy is basically a video game protagonist interacting with friendly NPCs

  • Nothing like the feel of anticipation from an angry babushka headed your way to tell you off for something you've already been told off for.

  • Thank you..sorry..keeps filming What a Legend!

  • these videos are pure gold dude! thx for let us continue travelling (on mind) with such a cool videos!

  • Another gem of a video from bald 👨‍🦲

  • Bald: *wears a mask to avoid getting sick Also bald: *Cleans a bloody USSR glass with that very same mask, poor champagne and drinks from its dirtiness.

  • It was a lovely encounter with the child. It's always refreshing to see a grain of hope in the middle of such a gray and sad environment. Bald is capturing a real human experience, something that goes beyond the fibers of mankind. Cannot be replicated, will forever be part of EEclone history.

  • Bald, more home-cooked meals in these videos! A serving of sirniki would be so good in the cold weather, along with some chai.

  • Bald will soon put VICE documentaries out of business

  • Why does eastern european buildings always has brutalist exteriors but beautiful insides?

  • 28:10 Artyomovchanie maybe?

  • That clip of the little girl was truly saddening

  • "when the owners fight their slaves suffer" heavy heavy stuff

  • Jesus dude... don't pick up any discarded weapons, they can be rigged.

  • Feel bad for these people... Soviet society, fuck 🇷🇺

  • Imagine walking around the deserted buildings and just hearing " Ah Ny Cheeki Breeki iv damke"

  • Also holy shit do these people on the bus have no concern of COVID whatsoever?

  • I could *really* use a map in this video.

  • check out the generic energy drink that ripped the harley-davidson logo at 5:47

  • Legend bald