Films on Russian military intervention in Ukraine (Crimea) (2014-present)

by vsbihun | created - 25 Oct 2017 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2014, later annexing the Crimea and occupying parts of east of Ukraine, factually tearing apart the largest independent European state. Both documentaries and fictions were inspired by these events. Millions of Ukrainians were displaced and thousands of mothers in almost each small town in Ukraine had to bury their children, who fell as soldiers protecting their land on fields of this announced war, tens of Ukrainians became political prisoners in Russian prisons. Yet another geopolitical crucifixion of Ukraine as depicted in cinema.

(As there are more films on the topic, note that this one can only list the films profiled on IMDb)

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1. Strong in Spirit (2018)

20 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Traveling to a neighbouring country, a remarkable young man becomes a political prisoner: his body and soul are put to test, manifesting the spirit of his nation.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun | Stars: Pyotr Zaikin, Bohdan Yarychevsky, Maria Tomak, Yuriy Yatsenko

Votes: 77

2. Closest to God (2016)

20 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

A story of contemporary Ukraine presented by two families torn by war.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun | Stars: Iryna, Julia, Oleksandr Kolodyazhnyy, Oleksandr

Votes: 52

3. The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017)

75 min | Documentary, History

A documentary about Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, arrested by the Russian FSB in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in prison on contrived charges.

Director: Askold Kurov | Stars: Oleg Sentsov, Vladimir Putin, Victor Yanukovich, Agnieszka Holland

Votes: 202

4. Passion (I)

Short, Drama, Romance

A beautiful girl is visited by the twin brother of her beloved: love turns into chaos, sin and atonement.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun | Stars: Vladyslava Gavryliuk, Borys Ukrainskiy, Lidia Golovataja, Alexandr Domowoy

Votes: 84

5. A Gentle Creature (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A woman lives in a small village in Russia. One day she receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison. Confused and angered, she sets out to find why her package was returned to sender.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Liya Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriuta, Roza Khayrullina, Vasilina Makovtseva

Votes: 1,732

6. Crimea as It Was (2016)

126 min | Documentary

A story of the officers, soldiers and seamen who have not betrayed their oath of loyalty to the people of Ukraine during the takeover of Crimea. This is a film about a military honor, in the midst of undeclared war.

Director: Kostiantyn Kliatskin

Votes: 535

7. A Letter to Tarkovsky (2016)

Documentary, Short

A documentary visualizes a candid personal letter to Andrei Tarkovsky.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun | Stars: Vyacheslav Bihun, Justyn Bihun-Sikorsky

Votes: 51

9. Moro (2019)

Documentary, Short, Biography

A man decides whether to accept a call to protect his country's independence in a new war. Joining a special intelligence unit, he is testing his destiny with allies and enemies with a slight but sweet chance for reward.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun

Votes: 10

10. Falling (III) (2017)

105 min | Drama

FALLING is a story about the post-revolutionary generation of young Ukrainian people looking for their place in a modern Ukraine. It follows two bewildered people who meet at a crucial ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Stepanska | Stars: Christian Borys, Oleg Mosijchuk, Darya Plakhtiy, Larisa Rusnak

Votes: 152

11. Once Upon a Time in Ukraine: The War (2016)

Drama | Completed

An epic drama about events in Maidan and the war in Ukraine. Maidan's shooting bothers an ex-activist - his friend was killed. Looking for the guilty he was captured with his friend by ... See full summary »

Director: Igor Parfenov | Star: Ellen Slusarchi

12. Under the Sun (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama | Completed

This epic film has three chapters 'The Lawlessness', 'The Revolution', 'The War' and tells about the man's destiny in Ukraine.

Director: Igor Parfenov

13. The Ukrainians (2015)

85 min | Documentary, War

This is a story of a new Ukrainian army and new Ukrainian society being born. After Maidan revolution Ukrainian volunteer warriors defend Donetsk Airport from pro-Russian separatists and Russian militaries.

Directors: Leonid Kanter, Ivan Yasniy | Stars: Bohema, Hatylo

Votes: 147

14. Close Relations (2016)

112 min | Documentary

Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore Ukrainian society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian ... See full summary »

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy

Votes: 156

15. Oleg's Choice (2016 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary, War

Oleg's Choice is a rare immersion into the private lives and thoughts of Russian combatants who have chosen to fight on the separatists side in Ukraine. Since the summer of 2014, thousands ... See full summary »

Directors: Elena Volochine, James Keogh

16. Mariupolis (2016)

96 min | Documentary

A man repairs his shing net and goes out to the bridge. Two trams run into each other - nobody is hurt and cables are xed the same day. A small concert is given for factory workers and the ... See full summary »

Director: Mantas Kvedaravicius

Votes: 36

17. No obvious signs (2018)

64 min | Documentary, Drama

What is left backstage of the heroic videos of our warriors in Ukraine? What do they have to face, one on one, in peaceful life, and where does the war stop?

Director: Alina Gorlova | Star: Oksana Yakubova

Votes: 20

18. War for Peace (2017)

94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama | Completed

War with Russia on the east of Ukraine through the director's lens who stayed for a year in the centre of the conflict zone. He became a paramedic volunteer and continued filming everything... See full summary »

Director: Yevhen Titarenko

19. The Pillars of Heaven (2017)

179 min | Documentary, Biography, Musical

Documentary Film 'The Pillars of Heaven' A young and disillusioned British diplomat abandons his diplomatic career, spends his own money, and risks his very life on a journey of faith and ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Rooney | Star: Nicholas Rooney

20. The War of Chimeras (2017)

94 min | Documentary, Drama, War

The story of war, love and death that was documented by the immediate participants of events. Off screen and later on it are the two - a boy and a girl. He volunteered for the front; she ... See full summary »

Directors: Anastasiia Starozhitska, Mariia Starozhitska

Votes: 24

21. Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2017)

98 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

BREAKING POINT: The War for Democracy in Ukraine looks at people transformed by a democratic revolution, who give up their normal lives to fight a Russian invasion, in a war which has killed 10,000 and displaced 1.9 million Ukrainians.

Directors: Mark Jonathan Harris, Oles Sanin

Votes: 73

22. Freedom or Death! (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary | Completed

A first person chronological portrait of the recent revolution in Ukraine escalating with a war with Russia that threatens global stability.

Director: Damian Kolodiy

Votes: 17

23. Lace (I) (2016)

11 min | Short, Drama, War | Completed

Two soldiers in the whirlpool of war. A woman and a wounded man. What is stronger, spirit or metal? The will to live or the quirks of fate? Everything is just beginning.

Directors: Taras Rybalchenko, Lidiya Huzhva | Stars: Stanislav Boklan, Lidiya Huzhva

24. Mustafa (2016)

90 min | Documentary

Mustafa Dzhemilev - who is he? According to Wikipedia, he's politician and public figure. However, what kind of spirit is hiding behind his legendary personality, confident pace and silent ... See full summary »

Director: Sarykhalilov Ernes | Star: Pasichnyk Maxim

25. The Last Tape (2017)

12 min | Documentary, Short

A young man and a veteran meet for the last time before the war will separate them.

Directors: Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko

Votes: 5

26. Kyjiv Moskva (2017)

25 min | Short, Drama

Renata's brother is away at war. One day she gets a work assignment to take care of a young man who comes from the enemy's country.

Director: Anna Lyubynetska | Stars: Sasha Stelchenko, Elena Vatrushkina

27. Dawn (II) (2017)

24 min | Short, Action

When two Ukrainian soldiers of two opposite sides of the front of contemporary war find themselves in one house, there is much more at stake then just who is going to win.

Director: Alexei Katerynchuk | Stars: Viktor Andrushenko, Vladimir Sitnik

28. If I Can't Dance at Your Revolution, I'm Not Coming (2017)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Three years after the Ukrainian Maidan revolution, Ukraine's sovereignty still remains under threat from Russia. But the energy of the Maidan has since channeled itself into Kiev's cultural... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kobal

30. Brantsi (2016)

88 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

The search for a soldier taken captive on February 20, 2014 in Kyiv takes protester Sashko to the front lines of Eastern Ukraine. There he meets Ivan, a Ukrainian volunteer harboring a secret that could undermine a fragile cease-fire.

Director: Volodymyr Tykhyy

Votes: 9

31. Debaltseve (2016)

49 min | Documentary, Action, History

Defense of Debaltseve. The brutal battle that unfolded in early 2015 and was completed on February 18-19, when the Ukrainian troops leaved bridgehead wich had surrounded. The truth about ... See full summary »

Director: Evgeny Stepanenko

32. War and Peaceful (2015)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Biography | Completed

Seventy years ago Nikolai Myrnyi a war hero, was one of those who defended his country against the Nazi invasion. Today, his grandson Dima takes arms to protect his country from ... See full summary »

33. Misto heroyiv (2015– )

40 min | Documentary

"The city of the heroes" is a cycle of documentaries about Mariupol. The cycle gives a panoramic view on life of Mariupol in conditions of hybrid warfare in 2014-2016 years. Each film shows... See full summary »

Votes: 11

34. Mandrake (2015)

27 min | Short, Horror

Olga's husband were missing on the East Ukraine, in military events. In desperate to find him, Olga comes to the witches, who tell her that her husband died. Emotionally destroyed woman ... See full summary »

Director: Marysia Nikitiuk | Stars: Sergei Brzhestovsky, Sergey Malyuga, Oleh Prymohenov, Ekaterina Varchenko

Votes: 9

36. Kraina (2015)

27 min | Documentary

Kiev, Ukraine, Spring 2015. The war with Russia is five hundred miles to the East, but since the revolution of 2013-14, every moment of Kristina's life has been affected by the conflict.

Director: Christina Tynkevych | Star: Kristina Tsukur

Votes: 13

37. Year of Freedom. Mariupol After DNR (2015 TV Movie)

13 min | Documentary

This short documentary made by Public television of Azov presents an overview of the events that took place in the port city of Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2014. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Syniepalov | Star: Petro Poroshenko

Votes: 10

38. The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, War

74 Metascore

As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

Director: Chad Gracia | Stars: Andrei Alexandrovich, Fedor Alexandrovich, Igor Alexandrovich, Natalia Barabovskaya

Votes: 1,220

40. Vernis (2015)

5 min | Short, Drama, Romance

He returns home in good health, but the mental scars of war aren't far below the surface. Nevertheless she does everything within her power to assist his readjustment to a life lived together.

Director: Andriy Kyryllov | Stars: Sergey Radchenko, Vita Smachelyuk

41. Last Soldier (2017)

Documentary, Short, Biography

The first optimist and last WWII soldier of a 600-year-old Transcarpathian village, 91-year-old librarian and chess player Yuriy Kurucza carols his stories of life, amours and homeland.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun | Stars: Yuriy Kurucza, Oleksandr Havrosh, Myroslav Tafiy, Roman Vasylyndra

Votes: 37

42. Goodbye, Cinephiles (2014)

67 min | Documentary

This is a story about people in love with cinema, and a country going through its most difficult times. A group of friends, who met sometime ago in a movie theatre, get together to see one ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislav Bytiutskyi

Votes: 7

43. Sensiz (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama, Family

When it comes time to say goodbye.

Director: Nariman Aliev | Stars: Fevzi Bilyalov, Remzi Bilyalov

Votes: 18

44. Looks Like Home (2016)

45 min | Documentary | Completed

Ukraine. Four internal displaced people struggle to make a new place feel like home.

Directors: Oleksandr Nazarov, Angelina Kariakina, Olexander Nazarov

45. War Mothers (2017)

24 min | Short

War Mothers is the story of three women: Galina, Svetlana, and Yulia. They live in the town of Zaporizhia, which is along the eastern front of the ongoing war in Ukraine. All three women ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Bugryn

46. Quiet in Odessa (2014)

43 min | Documentary, News

In the aftermath of the Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution and violent clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters in Odessa on May 2, Jewish residents of Odessa tell stories of ... See full summary »

Director: Dmitriy Khavin

47. On the Edge of Freedom (2017 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary