The film Donbass War: Airport. Part 1 looks back to the Donetsk region in 2014, when residents refused to recognise the results of “Maidan” and were confronted by a severe reaction from the Ukrainian authorities. Donetsk airport became a stronghold for the Ukrainian army wanting to remain in control. After the Ukrainian military had taken it over, it became a source of tension.
The film features burnt homes, people seeking for shelter, and victims of shelling from the airport. The film crew also met militia members, former miners, teachers, and plumbers, who had taken up arms to defend their home.
One of the main objectives was to retake the airport control tower, which the Ukrainian army used to target the shelling of militia and peaceful citizens.
The Donetsk airport within the city limits became a stronghold the Ukrainian army wanted to retain. The Donbass militia was forced to stop them from taking it over. In response to the Donbass people’s militia, the Ukrainian army directed fire towards the peaceful districts of the city.
The film crew talked to Donbass residents who shared their memories about these times. They talk about how they had to hide from gunfire and lost their loved ones in the war. The participants of this tragic period defined the timeline of the events when the old and new terminals were taken by storm.
The Ukrainian military eventually lost control, but left the Donetsk airport destroyed.