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Putin Doesn't Want You To See

I’ve just got back from the front line in Ukraine and what’s happening there is shocking. For the last year I’ve been documenting the war and rather than getting better, things are getting worse.

Right now I’m back in Kyiv, but in the UK and America people on the political extremes are blaming Ukraine and NATO for the war, parroting Kremlin propaganda and the noise means people are missing out on the truth about what’s really happening. 

In the next few weeks I’ll be leaving Kyiv and travelling around Ukraine, including the front line, with a Byline TV crew. The aim is to make a full length documentary exposing the reality of this war; the murder of civilians, the fierce fighting by Ukrainians defending their homes, where it fits into Putin’s longer strategy and the reality of life in a city constantly under fire.

Making a film in a war zone isn’t cheap. That’s why we’re asking for £40,000 to pay for travel, accommodation, fixers and translators and the equipment to make this documentary safely. We don’t have the budgets that mainstream media do, or billionaire hedgefund backers. That’s why we can make this film without following anyone’s agenda – but we need your help to do it.

So please help us make this vital documentary, and donate today.

John Sweeney

Last year, we made the mini documentary Kompromat, exploring the relationship between former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the prominent Russian oligarchs. That short episode was just a taste of what we can uncover when I investigate with Byline TV.

We’ve already found evidence of war crimes, mass graves and civilian victims of torture in Ukraine. Back this project now and help us expose what’s really going on.

Help Make the Documentary Putin Doesn't Want You to See

I’ve just got back from the front line in Ukraine and what’s happening there is shocking. For the last year I’ve been documenting the war and rather than getting better, things are getting worse.

Right now I’m back in Kyiv, but in the UK and America people on the political extremes are blaming Ukraine and NATO for the war, parroting Kremlin propaganda and the noise means people are missing out on the truth about what’s really happening. 

In the next few weeks I’ll be leaving Kyiv and travelling around Ukraine, including the front line, with a Byline TV crew. The aim is to make a full length documentary exposing the reality of this war; the murder of civilians, the fierce fighting by Ukrainians defending their homes, where it fits into Putin’s longer strategy and the reality of life in a city constantly under fire.

Making a film in a war zone isn’t cheap. That’s why we’re asking for £40,000 to pay for travel, accommodation, fixers and translators and the equipment to make this documentary safely. We don’t have the budgets that mainstream media do, or billionaire hedgefund backers. That’s why we can make this film without following anyone’s agenda – but we need your help to do it.

So please help us make this vital documentary, and donate today.

John Sweeney

Please donate to this vital documentary project

Your donation will go towards  travel, fixers and equipment to keep our crew safe in Ukraine.

Not only will all donors get to watch the finished documentary for free before anyone else, we’re also offering the following perks depending on the amount donated.

£5
Your name in the credits

£100
An Associate Producer credit

£250
An Associate Producer credit, plus a virtual screening & Q&A with John and the team

£500
An Executive Producer credit plus a private screening of the film

£1000
An Executive Producer opening credit, a private screening and drinks with John & the team

*Repeat donations will be added together and treated as a single larger donation for calculating tier perks

*BylineTV+ members will get free access to the film as part of their membership. Please donate today to receive specific donor perks.

Help us make this vital documentary

Your donation will go towards equipment costs, travel for a crew around Ukraine, research, location hire, video editing and motion graphics designers to make this the most comprehensive documentary on Putin’s war ever made.

Not only will all donors get to watch the finished documentary first and for free, but we’re also offering the following perks depending on the amount donated.

£5: Your name in the credits
£100: An Associate Producer credit
£250: An Associate Producer credit, plus a virtual screening & Q&A with John and the team
£500: An Executive Producer credit plus a private screening of the film 
£1000: An Executive Producer opening credit, a private screening and drinks with John & the team

*BylineTV+ members will get free access to the film as part of their membership. Please donate today to receive specific donor perks.

*For the purposes of calculating perks, any 
repeat donations will be added together and treated as a single donation