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Oliver Stone was introduced to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow while making a documentary about Ukraine in 2015. This lead to the extended conversations with Russia’s leader that became The Putin Interviews, which recently aired on Showtime. “Ukraine on Fire,” the documentary, was executive produced by Stone and places him in the interviewer’s seat, investigating the Maidan Massacre and the coup that lead to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. “Ukraine on Fire” is set to be released via Streaming on June 27 and on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 18 by Cinema Libre Studio.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ukraineonfire

For centuries Ukraine has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands and access to the Black Sea. 2014’s Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator by Western media. “Ukraine on Fire” provides a historical perspective for the deep divisions in the region which lead to the 2004 Orange Revolution, 2014 uprisings, and the violent overthrow of democratically elected Yanukovych.  

In a December 15, 2015 Facebook post, the Oscar award-wining Stone wrote from Moscow, “Interviewed Viktor Yanukovych 4 hours in Moscow …Details to follow in the documentary, but it seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside third party agitators. Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions– with CIA fingerprints on it.”

In the film, investigative journalist Robert Parry reveals how U.S.-funded political NGOs and media companies have emerged since the 80s replacing the CIA in promoting America’s geopolitical agenda abroad. In addition to Putin, Stone interviews former President Viktor Yanukovych and Minister of Internal Affairs, Vitaliy Zakharchenko, who explain how the U.S. Ambassador and factions in Washington actively plotted for regime change. Stone solicits Putin’s take on the significance of Crimea, NATO and the U. S.’s history of interference in elections and regime change in the region.

This is a continuation of Cinema Libre’s collaboration with Stone, having released SOUTH OF THE BORDER (2010) and LOOKING FOR FIDEL (2006).

Says Lopatonok, “Due to the ongoing situation in the region, we wanted to make the streaming option available as soon as possible.”

TRAILER: ukraineonfire.com

 

Due to the on going situation in the region, we are rushing out the streaming option for UKRAINE ON FIRE in advance of the DVD/Blu-ray release.

In fact, the film was recently invited then gently dis-invited from a film festival in the Middle East with the festival citing concern that … “in the region, it is not advisable to screen anything that might create more controversy, or shed light on different political views….particularly since we are living some of the most violent days in our history…”

Oliver Stone’s Ukraine on Fire out via STREAMING  June 27 + coming to DVD & Bluray July 18

 

Words by Beth Portello for Cinema Libre Studio

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