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When Australian war journalist, Bryce Wilson, first saw the devastation wrought by the war in Ukraine’s east, it was how most saw it – through the keyhole of a computer screen. Australian interest in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict reached its greatest following after the downing of Flight MH17 in 2014, which resulted in the deaths of 27 Australians.

As Bryce sat at his desk being paid for work he detested, he read about and saw the suffering and hardship endured by hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine. And then it stopped. Australian coverage dried up, so Bryce attempted to fill the space left behind by other media.

This video contains interviews with soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as volunteers providing humanitarian aid in Ukraine’s east, and extensive video recorded during two weeks living on the frontline in Mariinka and Pisky, two towns in the contested Donetsk Oblast region.

One day during these two weeks Bryce found himself standing at the grave of a fallen Ukrainian soldier, someone he had lived with. The reality of war set in, and the cavernous vacuum left behind by the thrill of being shot at was filled with sadness. As he stood there silently crying, thousands of kilometres from home, he felt a small percentage of the pain those in Ukraine felt every day.




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