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Ukrainian filmmaker says combating ‘not like the flicks’ | Russia-Ukraine battle Information


Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov spent 5 years in a Russian jail for protesting towards the seizure of Crimea, and now he’s on the entrance line combating for revenge.

As an alternative of being behind a digicam, the winner of the European Union’s Sakharov human rights prize signed up as a defence volunteer to combat again Moscow’s invasion.

“This combating is just not the way you think about it from the flicks,” stated Sentsov, sporting khaki camouflage and a beard masking his beforehand clean-shaven face.

“Shut contact, capturing from small arms, there’s not a lot of it. More often than not that is artillery and your process is to carry the entrance line within the trenches, and to not die from the shelling.”

The 45-year-old coughs repeatedly from an sickness he says got here on throughout a break of some days from serving on the entrance towards Russian forces in freezing situations.

Sentsov was forging a profitable profession as an unbiased movie director when the Maidan protests in 2014 and Russia’s subsequent annexation of Crimea turned his life the other way up.

He wrote and directed his first movie Gamer in 2011 on a funds of simply $20,000, and on the time of his arrest in 2014 was planning to make one other movie, Rhino.

Convicted of planning arson assaults, he was despatched to a penal colony within the Russian Arctic the place he staged a 145-day starvation strike, throughout which he misplaced 30kg (66 kilos) earlier than his launch in 2019.

Russian ‘cruelty’

Leaning towards a barricade, Sentsov stated his lengthy years behind bars in Russia had proven him that Moscow wouldn’t be glad with simply taking Crimea.

“A few of my associates after I used to be launched from the captivity would say, ‘Oh, you’re so radical, hating Russians, they don’t seem to be so dangerous,’” stated the filmmaker.

“However now they perceive me, as a result of I spent 5 years there. I noticed how they deal with Ukrainians, Europeans, with their imperial ambitions, their cruelty.”

The director had no hesitation becoming a member of as much as combat when Russia’s President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

“From the primary days of battle, I joined the Territorial Defence,” he stated, including he spent two weeks manning checkpoints on the outskirts of the capital.

However he was then pushed as much as the “first line of defence” alongside army items within the forests in an undisclosed location exterior Kyiv.

Russia “made a Vietnam” for the Ukrainian forces with intense barrages of shelling and rocket fireplace that they resisted, stated Sentsov.

However he stated with Moscow’s forces attempting to push on with their stalled offensive and encircle the Ukrainian capital, the combating will get even heavier.

“If the offensive begins in our course, we would be the first line to cease it and there might be extra shut fight,” he stated.

‘Easy soldier’

For now, the promising movie directing profession that noticed Sentsov’s films screened at European movie festivals appears a good distance off.

“I’m not filming now. To start with, there isn’t a time. Second of all, I don’t want to,” he stated.

Ukrainian officers provided him work within the press workplace “due to my well-known identify, however this was not my path. My path is certainly one of a easy soldier”.

Sentsov stated he acquired letters of help, together with from the European Movie Academy and Ukrainian filmmakers, “however now in the course of the wartime it doesn’t matter in case you are a filmmaker or a bus driver or a easy employee – we’re all troopers”.

However he hopes to return to filmmaking someday. “I’m not positive what sort of film I’ll make. I had already written many scripts earlier than the battle. Maybe I’ll give you some concepts right here,” he stated.

For now, nonetheless, he’ll proceed to view the battle by way of a rifle sight as a substitute of a digicam viewfinder.

“I lived completely different lives, my life modified, my exercise modified. Filmmaking is just one a part of my life. Now my life is the place I imagine it to be most useful to my nation,” stated Sentsov.

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