Solo Through War-Torn Donbass 🇺🇦

🇺🇦 In 2014 the Ukrainian part of the Donbass erupted into war. Separatists from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions took up arms and took control of Ukrainian towns all along the eastern region of the country. Eventually they were pushed back until they controlled just the cities of Lugansk and Donetsk and some surrounding villages. I went off to visit some of the towns that the Ukrainian army had re-taken along the front lines to see how life was progressing and to hunt for the ultimate Soviet mosaic...

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  • Don't forget my other channel for smaller random adventures that usually end in crushing disappointment here:

    bald and bankruptbald and bankrupt26 päeva tagasi
  • 29:26 It says "Secular temptation champagne"

    24pavlo24pavlo26 päeva tagasi
  • Спасибо, awesome content bro, how do you know so much about Ukraine?

    finerifffineriff26 päeva tagasi
  • You’d have literally no chance if you didn’t speak Russian out there.

    Jack ThompsonJack Thompson26 päeva tagasi
  • Clicked on this video just to have a quick look by scrolling... ended up watching the whole video You are a really fun and entertaining guy to watch xD

    Yegor MosiYegor Mosi26 päeva tagasi
  • did u actually convince a girl sitting next to you to film u reading a newspaper? what a legends. keep up good content my friend

    ReliaRelia27 päeva tagasi
  • Haha, that celebration. I wondered why to buy overaged soviet stuff...

    wessel21wessel2127 päeva tagasi
  • You need to invest in a pair of gor-tex hiking boots for adventures like these. I could feel your misery, especially when that car splashed you, but it was pretty funny too.

    roy thomasroy thomas27 päeva tagasi
  • Can you please do a video in Pinsk, Belarus?? It's a very historic city and much of the population was decimated during the war.

    Henry GoldmanHenry Goldman27 päeva tagasi
  • I like how you vlog everything. Take care always Mr. Bald

    Ku KayKu Kay27 päeva tagasi
  • Great videos keep going so I can travel through your travels. I want to see more Soviet stuff.

    Snow WhiteSnow White27 päeva tagasi
  • All these tragedies in Eastern Ukraine are thanks to mother Russia.

    Saak SaakSaak Saak27 päeva tagasi
  • "When the Owners fight, the slaves suffer" -- Ukrainian (or Russian) proverb. You're a brave man B&B and you're our only source for honest reporting about the nations of the former Soviet Union and what's really going on in that part of the world.

    C. ColemanC. Coleman27 päeva tagasi
  • Let's just all take a moment to check our privledge. I'm barely getting by but I'm rich compared to these people. I don't think I have the balls of those babushka. Thanks for the videos.

    Dorothy PovoloDorothy Povolo27 päeva tagasi
  • Mans rlly got to go to Donbass before Kaliningrad.

    FraffenFraffen27 päeva tagasi
  • It's not safe to give every one know you're a foreigner and traveling alone.

    Temp VoidTemp Void27 päeva tagasi
  • please go to kosovo next or pakistan

    Shahzaib SansiShahzaib Sansi27 päeva tagasi
  • Well at least they can say that they had metros in the nineties. Denmark firm have any until recently.

    Dan R. HansenDan R. Hansen27 päeva tagasi
  • Incredible video this one bald. Genuinely such a pleasure to watch

    Ollie WoodOllie Wood27 päeva tagasi
  • The moments you haven't noticed (2): on 16:22 there's a graffiti "КИБОРГИ" (The Cyborgs) - a Ukrainian nick-name for the soldiers who defended the Donetsk International Airport during 242 days in 2014-2015 against the elite Russian military troops (including Naval Infantry and Spetsnaz GRU squads and the Chechen Guard of Ramzan Kadyrov). The film "Cyborgs" based on these events was shot in 2017 by a Crimean Tatar actor and director Akhtem Seitablayev, here's the trailer:

    Родіон ПоповРодіон Попов28 päeva tagasi
  • The cheapest hotels are like 80 quid in northern ireland and they're not 1/4th as nice as that ffs

    ReeceReece28 päeva tagasi
  • хде автокефалия хде томас Прыг скок с пяточки на ОКРАИНЕ автоматик не работает мы опять обкакались

    Хохлюшка усраинсаяХохлюшка усраинсая28 päeva tagasi
  • The moments you haven't noticed (1): on 28:00 a mosaic shows the Red Army soldier who crushes a two-headed eagle with a crown: a symbol of the Tsar's empire, but also a present-day coat of arms of Russian Federation. So symbolic... :)

    Родіон ПоповРодіон Попов28 päeva tagasi
  • I'd be too scared of booby traps and landmines to step anywhere away from the road.

    RH18RH1828 päeva tagasi
  • These metro stations look like something out of an old source engine game

    flameflame28 päeva tagasi
  • You mentioned the Cossacks as free people. That's true in historical meaning, but those who joined the Russian occupation of Eastern Ukraine have nothing common with free people. The Don Cossack culture, lifestyle and identity were totally destroyed by Communists twice: first after the Civil War of 1918-23 (since they mostly fought against the Red Army and were recognized as an "enemy social group"), then after WW2 (since some of them were so unhappy with two decades of the Soviet rule that they joined the German Army and were treated by Stalin as "traitors"). What is called "A Don Cossack Host" is just a modern-day artificial reconstruction, entirely controlled by FSB (Russian secret police). One of the "atamans" (leaders) of Russian Cossacks, Nikolay Kozitsyn, who had a long military background in Russian-led wars against Georgia and Moldova, also in Serbia (on the side of Serbian nationalists against Kosovo), later became a part of a story of Malaysian Boeing MH17 shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft rocket. That "brave free Cossack" was informed of what had happened on the territory controlled by his troops and his reaction was: "So what? It's the wrong f***ing place to fly! It's our warzone!" So these "Cossacks" are too faaaaaaar from being "free people"...

    Родіон ПоповРодіон Попов28 päeva tagasi
  • 00:33 You cannot fast travel when enemies are nearby :D

    Máté AbonyiMáté Abonyi28 päeva tagasi
  • Just a fact-checking. A taxi driver: "Artemovskaya was a perfectly normal name. Bakhmut was thought up by..." The reality: Bakhmut is an old Nogai-Turkic name, possibly derived from Mahmood < Muhammad, the oldest Cossack settlement had this name since 1570s, Bakhmut was recognized as a city with this name since 1783 and then was temporarily renamed by Bolsheviks in 1924, after another Bolshevik, so-called "Comrade Artyom". So compare, Artyomovsk: 1924-2016 (92 years), Bakhmut: [at least] 1783-1924 and 2016-2021 (146 years, or about 350 years if you count since XVI century). The taxi driver is himself "a perfectly normal" sample of a rootless soviet man, brainwashed by communist propaganda, rejecting all the culture, history and heritage beyond the "Soviet Era".

    Родіон ПоповРодіон Попов28 päeva tagasi
  • Bald, your channel is one of the best ever!

    Radetchi IlianRadetchi Ilian28 päeva tagasi
  • No one knows about big Soviet mosaics because we got used to it and mostly don’t care 🤷‍♀️ those mosaics were everywhere 😁

    Emily BelkinaEmily Belkina28 päeva tagasi
  • Your country is guilty for all this poverty and war. Your government and governments of Europe and America supported and prodused several revolutions in Ukraine, so now it is starving country and country with Civil War. Just remember it, while giving some money to ukrainien babushkas and thinking of yourself the Noble Western Traveler in the Wild Field.

    Иван ПерекатовИван Перекатов28 päeva tagasi
  • Хороший выпуск, куда дальше? Nice show, were you're going next?

    KiopnikKiopnik28 päeva tagasi
  • @bald and bankrupt Fuckin' hell man. This is the world we live in. I feel sorry for those people living through all of this and putting up with it. I wish this world was a better place.. People needs to see this. Thanks B&B

    LeapBeerLeapBeer28 päeva tagasi
  • Is he holding an RPG 26 in the thumbnail!?

    Chris TsougChris Tsoug28 päeva tagasi
  • It's so terrifying that in the 21st century you can have a regular war not so far from the western europe and nobody ja doing anything about this. Just sad for those people.

    BekonelloBekonello28 päeva tagasi
  • This guy is so brave. Traveling alone all the time!

    Nate JacksonNate Jackson28 päeva tagasi
  • The war needs to stop now Protracted wars drain the treasury and achieve little. What would happen if the soldiers on both sides just packed up and went away one day?

    Guy ReeceGuy Reece28 päeva tagasi
  • "Your credit follows you anywhere" I highly doubt your credit would follow you to half the places bald has been

    younghexyounghex28 päeva tagasi
  • from 11:25 forward it seems you crossed my fathers path to school. I heard it was very common to have to fight with the wolves, wrestle with bears and sometimes you got so tired you had to hijack a tank going by to get home.

    Nasty NilsonNasty Nilson28 päeva tagasi
  • How much you pay for the taxi?

    stas16643stas1664328 päeva tagasi
  • You make cool video! I am from Ukraine. Respect for help babushka. When you learn russian? Your russian is very good

    stas16643stas1664328 päeva tagasi
  • this video looks a map in warzone

    Brian DelmonicoBrian Delmonico28 päeva tagasi
  • I love this guy.

    Brian DelmonicoBrian Delmonico28 päeva tagasi
  • You're the best! Love your work. "Babashka Game On" lol

    iam4iam iamiam4iam iam28 päeva tagasi
  • 34:20 Молодец, Лысый! Good job.

    SirSubliminalSirSubliminal28 päeva tagasi

    Chris GardnerChris Gardner28 päeva tagasi
  • Love this guy ❤️ he definitely deserves a place on Netflix well spoken well educated and intelligent good work my guy

    Edward PowerEdward Power28 päeva tagasi
  • I thought he was carrying an RPG at first in the thumbnail 😂

    Vg_astxroVg_astxro28 päeva tagasi
  • 0:34 a Wild Babushka appears You use confuse It was very effective Wild Babushka retreats!

    DannyWarlegsDannyWarlegs28 päeva tagasi
  • Top channel, top films 👍

    L BukemL Bukem28 päeva tagasi
  • I hope you do a similar series with Georgia , around small towns of Kutaisi , Gori etc.

    Valkyrie ZValkyrie ZМісяць tagasi
  • Actually a fine mosaic. Cool video.

    D. CypherD. CypherМісяць tagasi
  • Babushkas arguing

    Nicolas GuaranáNicolas GuaranáМісяць tagasi
  • Great Republic of Donetsk

    Pedro Allen VostrikovicPedro Allen VostrikovicМісяць tagasi
  • 15:26 bm

    kebmankebmanМісяць tagasi
  • I would be careful picking up any weapon there. It could be boobytrapped.

    SailfishSoundSystemSailfishSoundSystemМісяць tagasi
  • So tell us all about the woman at 6:40.

    Unknown FilmmakerUnknown FilmmakerМісяць tagasi
  • I have newspaper the times 21st February 2014 (as new condition) showing the rubble in independence square Kiev, ..for sale if interested. I also have the Daily telegraph 21st February 2014 showing the same thing but different photo

    K BrickellK BrickellМісяць tagasi
  • 3:30 metro pulls up my brain: THX logo

    Blazed ChillerBlazed ChillerМісяць tagasi
  • Um, you call that not very fancy? You should come to New York. Our subway makes that place look like a fucking palace!

    Paul NaughtonPaul NaughtonМісяць tagasi
  • Using the park bench to pop the champagne cork 🤌🍾

    GreatWhiteSwagGreatWhiteSwagМісяць tagasi
  • Ukraine is a breakaway separatist Russian province.

    George TGeorge TМісяць tagasi
  • I wish this series was longer. My father was born in the Ukraine and it's interesting for me to see these videos.

    What's the North Face Of?What's the North Face Of?Місяць tagasi
  • Great video, thanks for going into the inferno for us!

    Boku no GentooBoku no GentooМісяць tagasi
  • Bald is the type of guy who would sit on a random sitplace on street just to see if its comfotable

    Mert KorkmazMert KorkmazМісяць tagasi
  • Basically Ukraine outside of Kiev is a shithole. Old Ladas and bad roads and even worse buildings..all that in 24 years of wonder Russians wanted out.

    Ivan NovakIvan NovakМісяць tagasi
  • The snipers will love your hat

    RoryRoryМісяць tagasi
  • Cheers Ukraine !!!!

    Daniel NavarroDaniel NavarroМісяць tagasi
  • it's interesting that there's no vandalism and graffiti in the metro, in my country everything would be destroyed and scribbled.

    d dd dМісяць tagasi
  • Hello from occupied Donetsk! I understand that you need to show as much as you can. but please dont touch any military-like stuff ad dont visit destroyed buildings! It can be dangerous because it can contain undetonated explosives. Good luck!

    МихаилМихаилМісяць tagasi
  • Hello, i'm from Dnipro city! Actually, there is new metro stations under active construction, so probably in the future it wll be not the shortest metro in the world anymore :D

    Сергей ВойтенкоСергей ВойтенкоМісяць tagasi
  • 0:34 a mystery woman (містична жінка)

    DimaDimaМісяць tagasi
  • It's a pity you did not go to Donetsk. You would find there what you cannot find in post-Maidan Ukraine. Erasing the history and inventing a "new history" has its price and that includes the beautiful art pieces that do not support that new version of the past 🤷‍♀️

    Elena PlotnikovaElena PlotnikovaМісяць tagasi
  • There was another mosaic on the left side of the entry. I guess that one was "de-communized".

    Elena PlotnikovaElena PlotnikovaМісяць tagasi
  • If you’re still in Ukraine, check out the mosaic in Mykolaiv. Дворец культуры, it’s a massive one. Sudnobudivnykiv Square, 3, Mykolaiv, Mykolaiv Oblast, 54000

    JuneidJuneidМісяць tagasi
  • You are a fucking Legend Mr Benjamin

    Marco Boteta - Join MeMarco Boteta - Join MeМісяць tagasi
  • EnglishMan in Donbass.Your russian is perfekt.

    Sliusareff MichalSliusareff MichalМісяць tagasi
  • Ben! do you fancy accompanying an Australian lass on the trans-siberian once they let us leave the country?

    Erin LeighErin LeighМісяць tagasi

    Dev AnanasDev AnanasМісяць tagasi
  • The girl on your left in the bus was so pretty 😍

    HaSsy MiiA L.F.CHaSsy MiiA L.F.CМісяць tagasi
  • Thats how you enjoy a champagne :)

    pon saravananpon saravananМісяць tagasi
  • This guy is basically a video game protagonist interacting with friendly NPCs

    y0ung_tax_r3turn1y0ung_tax_r3turn1Місяць tagasi
  • Nothing like the feel of anticipation from an angry babushka headed your way to tell you off for something you've already been told off for.

    Petrified PKPetrified PKМісяць tagasi
  • Thank you..sorry..keeps filming What a Legend!

    peterlai0166077peterlai0166077Місяць tagasi
  • these videos are pure gold dude! thx for let us continue travelling (on mind) with such a cool videos!

    CésarDPDCésarDPDМісяць tagasi
  • Another gem of a video from bald 👨‍🦲

    santosh paisantosh paiМісяць tagasi
  • Bald: *wears a mask to avoid getting sick Also bald: *Cleans a bloody USSR glass with that very same mask, poor champagne and drinks from its dirtiness.

    Obviously DiegoObviously DiegoМісяць tagasi
  • It was a lovely encounter with the child. It's always refreshing to see a grain of hope in the middle of such a gray and sad environment. Bald is capturing a real human experience, something that goes beyond the fibers of mankind. Cannot be replicated, will forever be part of EEtvs history.

    Obviously DiegoObviously DiegoМісяць tagasi
  • Bald, more home-cooked meals in these videos! A serving of sirniki would be so good in the cold weather, along with some chai.

    Richard PointerRichard PointerМісяць tagasi
  • Bald will soon put VICE documentaries out of business

    CMNCMNМісяць tagasi
  • Why does eastern european buildings always has brutalist exteriors but beautiful insides?

    Justin AlexanderJustin AlexanderМісяць tagasi
  • 28:10 Artyomovchanie maybe?

    Leon BishopLeon BishopМісяць tagasi
  • That clip of the little girl was truly saddening

    Nick AndersonNick AndersonМісяць tagasi
  • "when the owners fight their slaves suffer" heavy heavy stuff

    BrandonbraunBrandonbraunМісяць tagasi
  • Jesus dude... don't pick up any discarded weapons, they can be rigged.

    skiFskiFМісяць tagasi
  • Feel bad for these people... Soviet society, fuck 🇷🇺

    Nick SkrynykNick SkrynykМісяць tagasi
  • Imagine walking around the deserted buildings and just hearing " Ah Ny Cheeki Breeki iv damke"

    C. ReedC. ReedМісяць tagasi
  • Also holy shit do these people on the bus have no concern of COVID whatsoever?

    arjunygarjunygМісяць tagasi
  • I could *really* use a map in this video.

    arjunygarjunygМісяць tagasi
  • check out the generic energy drink that ripped the harley-davidson logo at 5:47

    Tyler KahlerTyler KahlerМісяць tagasi