Does a video show Ukrainian soldiers leaving their wives for war in 2022? No, that's not true: The footage is from a 2017 Ukrainian documentary film titled, "The War of Chimeras."
Ukraine soldiers leaving their wives for war
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Mar 2 20:17:46 2022 UTC)
A portion of the 18-second Facebook video from the documentary "The War of Chimeras" can be seen in the movie trailer posted on YouTube in 2017. The couple together at :08 in the Facebook video is the same couple seen at :22 in the movie trailer:
The documentary is based on Ukrainian soldiers who fought in the 2014 Battle of Ilovaisk. The BBC reported in an article titled, "Ukraine's deadliest day: The battle of Ilovaisk, August 2014," that the battle on August 29, 2014, was the "biggest loss of life in Ukraine's war against Russian-backed separatists." This occurred months after Russia seized and then annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014.
The summary of the movie posted on IMDB.com explains the documentary:
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 went to the place just after the battle. He got into Ilovaysk cauldron, lost his closest brother-soldiers. She, while travelling along the ruined towns, strives to understand the essence of war and love. Both tell openly one another about their feelings during the war, escaping the cauldron, a try to live together after, and a common trip to the frontline.
The footage from Facebook can also be seen at 2:00 in a video posted by UATV on YouTube in 2018. The film's director Anastasiya Starozhytska spoke to Ukrainian news station UATV about her award-winning documentary.
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