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Military and War 18 January 2017 19 7695
The seemingly endless war in Syria has claimed hundreds and thousands of lives and left millions injured. There are many Syrian Army soldiers among the casualties. For severely wounded servicemen, life changed forever after sacrificing both limbs and health in battle. Now they must return to civilian life, try to fit in, find a job and provide for their families.
RT Doc meets former servicemen determined not to allow their injuries hold them back in life. Taxi driver Somar Fauzi Al Amuri lost an arm and leg in an explosion. Even so, he sat behind the wheel as soon as he was discharged from hospital. Despite being unable to walk, shop keeper Maisam Majed Al Jerdi runs his own business. The city is far from being a disabled friendly place.
Instead of raging against their fate, because so many fellow soldiers died in battle, they think of themselves as the fortunate few. Survivors support each other and try hard to stay positive about the future. They say their bodies may be damaged but their spirit remains strong. Despite all odds, they soldier on, determined to live life to the full.
The YPJ is the women’s division of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units formed to fight against ISIS, RTD correspondents were given exclusive access to spend 3 weeks at their boot camp. The young women who train for combat there, decided not to leave their survival to fate but to fight for their lives and their future. For their enemy, being killed by a woman means going to hell.
RT Doc film crew follows a medical team in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic as they rush between areas hit by shelling to rescue the wounded. Risking their lives daily, the doctors treat civilians, DPR fighters and Ukrainian soldiers alike – in their eyes, they're all patients in need of urgent help.
Wars can start for many reasons but whatever the cause, innocent people will always suffer. Ukrainian veterans of WWII have now been caught up in conflict for a second time, 70 years ago they were children, now they watch their childhood nightmares coming back to life as younger generations ignore the bitter lessons learned so long ago.
Since war broke out in Syria almost 6 years ago, a whole generation of kids has never known peace. They’ve witnessed family members being killed and their houses destroyed. Many were wounded and war has robbed them all of their childhoods. With no end in sight to the bloody conflict, their futures are uncertain.
RTD with Miguel Francis Santiago, the author of “Crimea for Dummies”, go to Donetsk where a bloody conflict is in full swing. With contradictory information coming from the region, witnessing the situation first-hand is the only way to find out what’s really happening there.
In Syria, there are more than a hundred militant groups fighting against the State Army. Unusually, President Bashar al-Assad has offered an amnesty to militants who surrender. Any who haven’t completed mandatory military service are returned to the Army. RT Doc gained access to a unit comprised of amnestied soldiers.
The Central African Republic's bloody civil war lead to the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. Orphaned kids were recruited by both sides of the conflict, taught to fight, drugged and thrown into battle. After a ceasefire in 2015, the rehabilitation process began for many of them, but after all they’ve been through, they and their mentors face challenging times.
They call it “The Grey Zone” – the village of Zaitsevo found itself caught between two warring sides: Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Residents are hostages to the ongoing conflict; they sleep to the sound of artillery fire, never knowing if they’ll survive the night.
Five years into the devastating Syrian war, the country’s capital, Damascus is a shelter for the civilians who refuse to flee their motherland. Yet, even here no one is really safe as shells hit the streets and buildings regularly. Sameer is a local cameraman who continues his work despite its dangers. Through his lens, he shows us the everyday life of ordinary Syrians.
Colombia has been in a state of civil war for over half a century. The biggest and most influential of the rebel groups that oppose the government is the FARC-EP. Since 2012, it’s been in peace talks with the government. We met with the rebels (almost half of whom are women) to find out why they joined the fight and what their hopes are for the long-awaited peace.
RTD visits the Teykovo Missile Division to see Russia’s mobile nuclear missile systems “Yars” and “Topol-M” in action. Correspondent Vyacheslav Guz is guided through this previously highly classified strategic site and sees first-hand how soldiers in the missile regiments are trained: from driving simulators to field deployment.
Extended interview of Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of the former US President Harry S. Truman, for the documentary "Atomic Message". Here he talks about the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings and his grandfather's controversial legacy.
Five years ago South Ossetia was devastated by a Georgian offensive designed to take control of the breakaway territory within its borders. Today South Ossetia is an independent republic, as recognized by Russia. We travel to the region to hear residents recall what happened five years ago and how life is moving on in their homeland.