Every day, mass media distribute tons of negative information from Donbas. The territory is still called a “zone of anti-terrorist operation” and it is impossible to see any positive changes in the light of tragic messages and associations. And of course, one simply can’t see the people who drive these changes.
“There are live people who stand out and overcome the circumstances. Many of them have suffered from the war – some of them are forcibly displaced; others had to defend Ukraine and then come back to a peaceful life. Their ideas, actions, searches for development of businesses and communities alter their lives for the better. They create the landmarks for those who left their homes, willing to come back,” says Iryna Malykhina, the author of the project and the head of the news service at the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Examples of positive changes and news about new possibilities are the most important for those who live in the territories affected by the war conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to the sociologists, 38% of the respondents residing in Donbas believe that the successful restoration of peaceful life in the regions under Ukraine’s control is a key to the settlement of the conflict. That’s why reporters of 112 Ukraine TV channel shall keep track of the positive changes happening in lives of people living in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to show it to the wide audience.
The Close East initiative is a series of major reports to be aired twice a week on 112 Ukraine TV channel. The documentary film will be created at the end of the project.
The first film was aired on January 17, telling the story of Serhiy Svyrydenko, who lost his home and private business because of the war. He had a quarrel with his relatives who had betrayed Ukraine and went to the frontline. After coming back, Serhiy had to start a life from scratch.
“It was worth to drive 700 km from Kyiv to Ivanopillya, Donetsk region to meet people like Serhiy. When I was listening to his stories I was thinking: “this should be included in a film, and this and that as well”. And finally, I realized that we shot a three-hour video which needs to be cut into a five-minute piece. It is hard to fit into the runtime. I always liked telling stories about people like this, because they inspire with their example and demonstrate that a man can do more than he or those close to him expect from him,” Tetyana Nakonechna says, a special correspondent of the 112 Ukraine TV channel and the author of the first film.
Please meet the people who overcame the despair of the losses and disappointment, and despite this, they stayed in their hometown to make life better. And they started from themselves. Watch the documentaries from the Close East series on 112 Ukraine TV channel (in the Ukrainian language) and at 112.international website (in English).