Guest post by Abigail Gipson.
Elena Volochine and James Keogh arrived in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on a June evening in 2015 to begin filming the documentary Oleg’s Choice. The Russian-backed battalion in which they were to be embedded was preparing for battle the next day. Before the battle, one fighter stopped to talk to the journalists, and he warned them the conflict would be too dangerous and they should stay at the base. The soldier, Max, was right — their forces suffered heavy losses that night. “He probably saved our lives,” Volochine said in an interview. (more…)