Putin's Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes (full documentary)
26 Oct 2022
In a 90-minute special investigation, FRONTLINE and The Associated Press go inside Russia’s war on Ukraine and uncover harrowing evidence of potential war crimes.
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“Putin’s Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes” draws on original footage; interviews with Ukrainian citizens and prosecutors, top government officials and international war crimes experts; and a vast amount of previously unpublished evidence obtained and verified by the AP — including hundreds of hours of surveillance camera videos and thousands of audio recordings of intercepted phone calls made by Russian soldiers around Ukraine's capital city, Kyiv.
From award-winning director Tom Jennings, producer Annie Wong, AP global investigative reporter Erika Kinetz and her AP colleagues, the 90-minute documentary traces a pattern of atrocities committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, focusing on areas near Kyiv, such as Bucha, where some of the most shocking carnage was found.
FRONTLINE and the AP uncovered exclusive evidence that links possible war crimes in Bucha through the chain of command to one of Russia’s top generals — evidence that prosecutors hope might help build a case against Russian President Vladimir Putin in court. But the joint investigation also explores the challenges of trying to hold Putin and other Russian leaders to account.
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“Putin’s Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes” is a FRONTLINE production with 2Over10Media in association with The Associated Press. The directors are Thomas Jennings and Annie Wong. The producers are Thomas Jennings, Annie Wong and Erika Kinetz. The co-producers are Taras Lazer, Timothy Grucza and Scott Anger. The writer is Thomas Jennings. The correspondent is Erika Kinetz. The senior producer is Frank Koughan. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support for FRONTLINE is provided by the Abrams Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Park Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund, with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.
Prologue - 00:00
AP & FRONTLINE Reporters Document Potential Russian War Crimes in Ukraine - 2:19
Investigating Russia’s Patterns of Violence in Bucha, Ukraine - 7:30
Counting the Civilians Killed in Bucha, Ukraine - 13:03
A Ukrainian Widow Searches for Answers - 14:48
Investigating Reports of Torture and Killings on Yablunska Street in Bucha, Ukraine - 26:24
Nuremberg, the ICC & the Foundations of Modern War Crimes Law - 28:57
The Debate Over A Proposed Special Tribunal to Hold Putin Accountable - 35:24
Top Russian General Alexander Chaiko’s Role in Syria and in Bucha, Ukraine - 40:31
Abductions, Torture & Executions in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, Under Russian Occupation - 47:56
Intercepted Phone Calls of Russian Soldiers Shed Light on “Cleansing Operations” - 57:46
Survivor Describes a Massacre by Russian Soldiers in Bucha, Ukraine - 1:03:42
“Strategic Violence”: Gen. Alexander Chaiko, Zdvyzhivka, Bucha and Beyond - 1:14:41
A Ukrainian Widow Grieves After Her Husband Is Abducted and Killed - 1:20:17
Credits - 1:20:57