Find out what life’s like in wartime Ukraine
Posted BY: Kelen McBreen
American military veteran and independent journalist Patrick Lancaster is covering the Ukraine-Russia war from the perspective of the pro-Russian DPR and LPR armies.
On Thursday, Lancaster documented a crash site where a Ukrainian SU-25 airplane was shot down over the city of Kherson.
In a second report uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Lancaster provided a behind-the-scenes look into how the average Russian soldier is living during the conflict.
Filming from the Kherson region, the journalist talked with soldiers at a base about the current situation and was shown around the camp by a commanding officer.
On Friday, Lancaster rode around in a Ukrainian reconnaissance aquatic armored vehicle captured by Russian and DPR soldiers.
Lancaster reported from the Port of Kherson on Friday where he explained that many ships are prevented from leaving Ukraine because of the war.
The crew on a Turkish ship talked with the independent journalist about what it’s like being stuck in a warzone where they’re allowed to leave.
As Lancaster filmed his report, Russian and DPR soldiers showed up to deliver goods to the crew of the Turkish ship.
According to the ship’s captain, the Ukrainian government has prevented his crew from leaving the country and there are too many mines in the Port of Kherson to travel through the waters.
A video uploaded Sunday shows Lancaster talking with a family of eight living in a village being shelled by Ukrainian forces.
One woman told the camera that three people recently died in the village after nonstop shelling.
The family patriarch echoed rumors that Russian soldiers are shooting down missiles heading towards the small town.
The man pulled the remnants of Ukrainian rockets he collected after they landed nearby, saying, “These rockets were collected in the fields by children! They can explode!”
The father explained he has eight children and that earlier that day, two local families with kids of their own were bombed and killed.
Next, the man showed Lancaster holes in the side of his home where shrapnel from the explosions hit.
Asked if life in Kherson would be better if the region joined Russia, the man responded, “Certainly better. It won’t be worse than it was!”
The Ukrainian father also explained how citizens are turning their anger towards President Volodymyr Zelensky as their world crumbles around them.
Continuing a heartfelt rant, the man condemned Ukraine for failing to protect citizens and talked to the camera without fear of being reprimanded for speaking his truth.
“I am not afraid to tell you the truth,” he said.
The mother of the family cried as she told Lancaster her only hope is for peace to come and for her children to grow up in war-free Ukraine.
In his latest report uploaded Monday, Lancaster provided a firsthand look into the Ukrainian farming industry and how the war is hurting local agriculture.
A man named Oleg who runs a large farm explained that he voted for President Zelensky in the last presidential election.
However, Oleg soon learned of the neo-nazi Azov battalion and rising gas prices which made him think twice about his support of Zelenksy.
The mainstream media and Western nations continue to cover up war crimes committed by the Ukrainian military while only focusing on supposed atrocities attributed to Russia.