Solo Through War-Torn Donbass 🇺🇦

🇺🇦 In 2014 the Ukrainian part of the Donbass erupted into war. Separatists from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions took up arms and took control of Ukrainian towns all along the eastern region of the country. Eventually they were pushed back until they controlled just the cities of Lugansk and Donetsk and some surrounding villages. I went off to visit some of the towns that the Ukrainian army had re-taken along the front lines to see how life was progressing and to hunt for the ultimate Soviet mosaic...


  1. bald and bankrupt

    bald and bankruptUukausi sitten

    Don't forget my other channel for smaller random adventures that usually end in crushing disappointment here:

  2. Donald Sebolt

    Donald Sebolt22 tuntia sitten

    I've been there, he says it's not fancy...I'm American and it's as good or better than 80 percent of ours

  3. Luck OwU

    Luck OwU23 tuntia sitten

    bald and bankrupt needs to visit Latvia :)

  4. karzygijose

    karzygijosePäivä sitten

    Bald hasn’t uploaded is he alright?

  5. TheLazyboy0725

    TheLazyboy0725Päivä sitten

    That part with Christina brought a smile to my face.

  6. Eric Paul Goldie

    Eric Paul GoldiePäivä sitten

    This is the best series you've filmed to date. Thank you for visiting Ukraine.

  7. leonardo h

    leonardo hPäivä sitten

    3:53 sci-fi vibes.

  8. Devin McGroot

    Devin McGrootPäivä sitten

    That's crazy. As a kid I remember being at that circus that's in the intro. Going inside, seeing the shows.

  9. Jason Ferris

    Jason FerrisPäivä sitten

    Ben must be close to a millionaire by now with these incredible videos! We'll done sir!

  10. S Martin

    S MartinPäivä sitten

    You ever find anything you wasn’t supposed to?

  11. NocturN4

    NocturN4Päivä sitten

    Dude, you are my hero for going to these places and filming them.

  12. Natalia Rodriguez

    Natalia RodriguezPäivä sitten

    so nice to hear all of this and to see your interest in the subject

  13. Natalia Rodriguez

    Natalia RodriguezPäivä sitten

    its so nice the gesture you did

  14. Lyudmila Tarusova

    Lyudmila TarusovaPäivä sitten

    Lovely "dumb-bass-ians" 🤣

  15. max b

    max bPäivä sitten

    Where's your new videos In Africa gone

  16. Elliott Rubenstein

    Elliott RubensteinPäivä sitten

    you are amazing.

  17. an account

    an accountPäivä sitten

    In Dripro's metro inetrval between trains is too much long. I've been waiting the train once about 20 minutes and went to bus.

  18. Nikhil Shah

    Nikhil ShahPäivä sitten

    Not seen any new video. Hope he is in good health

  19. Lukas Breitnauer

    Lukas BreitnauerPäivä sitten

    Nice show, bro!

  20. J Bas

    J BasPäivä sitten

    Great vid... and what a cracking mosaic!

  21. Кандидат Против Всех

    Кандидат Против ВсехPäivä sitten

    в метро не снимают, извините мне пох как и тебе... смотрю и вижу Россию 90-х, и никакой европейскости

  22. [[[ *Dragonier* ]]]

    [[[ *Dragonier* ]]]Päivä sitten

    Imagine the look on that little girl’s face filming when she realizes 2.5 million people seen this

  23. [[[ *Dragonier* ]]]

    [[[ *Dragonier* ]]]Päivä sitten

    “No filming in the metro!” “Ah! Sorry, forgive me!” > Continues to film anyway lmao

  24. BONIK GO

    BONIK GOPäivä sitten

    Lisichansk 💜

  25. Caleb Stockmaster

    Caleb StockmasterPäivä sitten

    I'm tired after his journey... if you're reading this.. rest now weary traveler...

  26. G. Rogowski

    G. RogowskiPäivä sitten

    what a donbass...

  27. subn0rma1

    subn0rma12 päivää sitten

    How many languages do you know? What is your method for learning new ones?

  28. Chuyito Chuyin

    Chuyito Chuyin2 päivää sitten

    Where are you bald ? 😩😩

  29. The Voice of RK

    The Voice of RK2 päivää sitten

    Fun fact: the guys that you are watching is the favourite youtuber of Pewdiepie.

  30. carl griffiths

    carl griffiths2 päivää sitten

    Absolutely brilliant

  31. shahab hamza

    shahab hamza2 päivää sitten

    You will enjoy so much

  32. shahab hamza

    shahab hamza2 päivää sitten

    Visit Pakistan

  33. 4th & Inches

    4th & Inches2 päivää sitten

    You can't watch these videos as an American and not appreciate the good fortune of having been born in a country that hasn't been war-torn in a century and a half.

  34. Igors Skapsts

    Igors Skapsts2 päivää sitten

    As always, the best ,greetings from your home UK. I always wish you to go Latvia my home country. As a soviet union child(1982) i really have enjoyed your russian/Ukraine tours. Good luck/stay safe.

  35. Rivery Jerald

    Rivery Jerald2 päivää sitten

    I'm just a bald guy with a rocket launcher 11:45

  36. Hunt Bones

    Hunt Bones2 päivää sitten

    Bald go to Vietnam

  37. Mariana Vika

    Mariana Vika2 päivää sitten

    You should visit Serbia 🇷🇸 😍 Love your videos! Keep up with the good work 💪🏽

  38. Tudatos Trader

    Tudatos Trader2 päivää sitten

    Oh my, great shots. What camera and lens do you use?

  39. Anind Keot

    Anind Keot2 päivää sitten

    32:00 What's the music name ?

  40. RadLP's

    RadLP's2 päivää sitten

    Come to Lithuania ya cheeky bugger, many fans waiting there! :)

  41. T Media

    T Media2 päivää sitten

    Go to brodina in Romania

  42. Mix Naga TV

    Mix Naga TV2 päivää sitten

    Happy new year Mr bald

  43. Ty Hatfield

    Ty Hatfield2 päivää sitten

    All I Gotta say my friend is good job love your channel and I try to watch all of them in my spare time safe brother

  44. dacho

    dacho2 päivää sitten

    he went to donbass fucking madman

  45. May Jay

    May Jay3 päivää sitten

    As someone with social anxiety these videos just blow my mind. Keeps filming after being told to stop, gets the taxi driver to wait in the car while he’s exploring buildings. Literally everything this man does would give me a full on panic attack but I absolutely love the almost innocent lack of social awareness. Yet he’s so likeable and friendly to the locals!

  46. David Bullis

    David Bullis3 päivää sitten

    Why do they forbid filming in their crummy old Metro ?

  47. Paul Aamodt

    Paul Aamodt3 päivää sitten

    Just found this channel absolutely awesome nobody will ever replace Anthony Bourdain but this channel comes the closest and Anthony Bourdain never did his travels with a Russian supermodel lol

  48. Даня

    Даня3 päivää sitten

    Родной Лисичанск

  49. 24pavlo

    24pavloUukausi sitten

    29:26 It says "Secular temptation champagne"

  50. fineriff

    fineriffUukausi sitten

    Спасибо, awesome content bro, how do you know so much about Ukraine?

  51. Jack Thompson

    Jack ThompsonUukausi sitten

    You’d have literally no chance if you didn’t speak Russian out there.

  52. Yegor Mosi

    Yegor MosiUukausi sitten

    Clicked on this video just to have a quick look by scrolling... ended up watching the whole video You are a really fun and entertaining guy to watch xD

  53. Relia

    ReliaUukausi sitten

    did u actually convince a girl sitting next to you to film u reading a newspaper? what a legends. keep up good content my friend

  54. wessel21

    wessel21Uukausi sitten

    Haha, that celebration. I wondered why to buy overaged soviet stuff...

  55. roy thomas

    roy thomasUukausi sitten

    You need to invest in a pair of gor-tex hiking boots for adventures like these. I could feel your misery, especially when that car splashed you, but it was pretty funny too.

  56. Henry Goldman

    Henry GoldmanUukausi sitten

    Can you please do a video in Pinsk, Belarus?? It's a very historic city and much of the population was decimated during the war.

  57. Ku Kay

    Ku KayUukausi sitten

    I like how you vlog everything. Take care always Mr. Bald

  58. Snow White

    Snow WhiteUukausi sitten

    Great videos keep going so I can travel through your travels. I want to see more Soviet stuff.

  59. Saak Saak

    Saak SaakUukausi sitten

    All these tragedies in Eastern Ukraine are thanks to mother Russia.

  60. C. Coleman

    C. ColemanUukausi sitten

    "When the Owners fight, the slaves suffer" -- Ukrainian (or Russian) proverb. You're a brave man B&B and you're our only source for honest reporting about the nations of the former Soviet Union and what's really going on in that part of the world.

  61. Dorothy Povolo

    Dorothy PovoloUukausi sitten

    Let's just all take a moment to check our privledge. I'm barely getting by but I'm rich compared to these people. I don't think I have the balls of those babushka. Thanks for the videos.

  62. Fraffen

    FraffenUukausi sitten

    Mans rlly got to go to Donbass before Kaliningrad.

  63. Temp Void

    Temp VoidUukausi sitten

    It's not safe to give every one know you're a foreigner and traveling alone.

  64. Shahzaib Sansi

    Shahzaib SansiUukausi sitten

    please go to kosovo next or pakistan

  65. Dan R. Hansen

    Dan R. HansenUukausi sitten

    Well at least they can say that they had metros in the nineties. Denmark firm have any until recently.

  66. Ollie Wood

    Ollie WoodUukausi sitten

    Incredible video this one bald. Genuinely such a pleasure to watch

  67. Родіон Попов

    Родіон ПоповUukausi sitten

    The moments you haven't noticed (2): on 16:22 there's a graffiti "КИБОРГИ" (The Cyborgs) - a Ukrainian nick-name for the soldiers who defended the Donetsk International Airport during 242 days in 2014-2015 against the elite Russian military troops (including Naval Infantry and Spetsnaz GRU squads and the Chechen Guard of Ramzan Kadyrov). The film "Cyborgs" based on these events was shot in 2017 by a Crimean Tatar actor and director Akhtem Seitablayev, here's the trailer:

  68. Reece

    ReeceUukausi sitten

    The cheapest hotels are like 80 quid in northern ireland and they're not 1/4th as nice as that ffs

  69. Хохлюшка усраинсая

    Хохлюшка усраинсаяUukausi sitten

    хде автокефалия хде томас Прыг скок с пяточки на ОКРАИНЕ автоматик не работает мы опять обкакались

  70. Родіон Попов

    Родіон ПоповUukausi sitten

    The moments you haven't noticed (1): on 28:00 a mosaic shows the Red Army soldier who crushes a two-headed eagle with a crown: a symbol of the Tsar's empire, but also a present-day coat of arms of Russian Federation. So symbolic... :)

  71. RH18

    RH18Uukausi sitten

    I'd be too scared of booby traps and landmines to step anywhere away from the road.

  72. flame

    flameUukausi sitten

    These metro stations look like something out of an old source engine game

  73. Родіон Попов

    Родіон ПоповUukausi sitten

    You mentioned the Cossacks as free people. That's true in historical meaning, but those who joined the Russian occupation of Eastern Ukraine have nothing common with free people. The Don Cossack culture, lifestyle and identity were totally destroyed by Communists twice: first after the Civil War of 1918-23 (since they mostly fought against the Red Army and were recognized as an "enemy social group"), then after WW2 (since some of them were so unhappy with two decades of the Soviet rule that they joined the German Army and were treated by Stalin as "traitors"). What is called "A Don Cossack Host" is just a modern-day artificial reconstruction, entirely controlled by FSB (Russian secret police). One of the "atamans" (leaders) of Russian Cossacks, Nikolay Kozitsyn, who had a long military background in Russian-led wars against Georgia and Moldova, also in Serbia (on the side of Serbian nationalists against Kosovo), later became a part of a story of Malaysian Boeing MH17 shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft rocket. That "brave free Cossack" was informed of what had happened on the territory controlled by his troops and his reaction was: "So what? It's the wrong f***ing place to fly! It's our warzone!" So these "Cossacks" are too faaaaaaar from being "free people"...

  74. Máté Abonyi

    Máté AbonyiUukausi sitten

    00:33 You cannot fast travel when enemies are nearby :D

  75. Родіон Попов

    Родіон ПоповUukausi sitten

    Just a fact-checking. A taxi driver: "Artemovskaya was a perfectly normal name. Bakhmut was thought up by..." The reality: Bakhmut is an old Nogai-Turkic name, possibly derived from Mahmood < Muhammad, the oldest Cossack settlement had this name since 1570s, Bakhmut was recognized as a city with this name since 1783 and then was temporarily renamed by Bolsheviks in 1924, after another Bolshevik, so-called "Comrade Artyom". So compare, Artyomovsk: 1924-2016 (92 years), Bakhmut: [at least] 1783-1924 and 2016-2021 (146 years, or about 350 years if you count since XVI century). The taxi driver is himself "a perfectly normal" sample of a rootless soviet man, brainwashed by communist propaganda, rejecting all the culture, history and heritage beyond the "Soviet Era".

  76. Radetchi Ilian

    Radetchi IlianUukausi sitten

    Bald, your channel is one of the best ever!

  77. Emily Belkina

    Emily BelkinaUukausi sitten

    No one knows about big Soviet mosaics because we got used to it and mostly don’t care 🤷‍♀️ those mosaics were everywhere 😁

  78. Иван Перекатов

    Иван ПерекатовUukausi sitten

    Your country is guilty for all this poverty and war. Your government and governments of Europe and America supported and prodused several revolutions in Ukraine, so now it is starving country and country with Civil War. Just remember it, while giving some money to ukrainien babushkas and thinking of yourself the Noble Western Traveler in the Wild Field.

  79. Kiopnik

    KiopnikUukausi sitten

    Хороший выпуск, куда дальше? Nice show, were you're going next?

  80. LeapBeer

    LeapBeerUukausi sitten

    @bald and bankrupt Fuckin' hell man. This is the world we live in. I feel sorry for those people living through all of this and putting up with it. I wish this world was a better place.. People needs to see this. Thanks B&B

  81. Chris Tsoug

    Chris TsougUukausi sitten

    Is he holding an RPG 26 in the thumbnail!?

  82. Bekonello

    BekonelloUukausi sitten

    It's so terrifying that in the 21st century you can have a regular war not so far from the western europe and nobody ja doing anything about this. Just sad for those people.

  83. Nate Jackson

    Nate JacksonUukausi sitten

    This guy is so brave. Traveling alone all the time!

  84. Guy Reece

    Guy ReeceUukausi sitten

    The war needs to stop now Protracted wars drain the treasury and achieve little. What would happen if the soldiers on both sides just packed up and went away one day?

  85. younghex

    younghexUukausi sitten

    "Your credit follows you anywhere" I highly doubt your credit would follow you to half the places bald has been

  86. Nasty Nilson

    Nasty NilsonUukausi sitten

    from 11:25 forward it seems you crossed my fathers path to school. I heard it was very common to have to fight with the wolves, wrestle with bears and sometimes you got so tired you had to hijack a tank going by to get home.

  87. stas16643

    stas16643Uukausi sitten

    How much you pay for the taxi?

  88. stas16643

    stas16643Uukausi sitten

    You make cool video! I am from Ukraine. Respect for help babushka. When you learn russian? Your russian is very good

  89. B Delmon

    B DelmonUukausi sitten

    this video looks a map in warzone

  90. B Delmon

    B DelmonUukausi sitten

    I love this guy.

  91. iam4iam iam

    iam4iam iamUukausi sitten

    You're the best! Love your work. "Babashka Game On" lol

  92. SirSubliminal

    SirSubliminalUukausi sitten

    34:20 Молодец, Лысый! Good job.

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    Chris GardnerUukausi sitten


  94. Edward Power

    Edward PowerUukausi sitten

    Love this guy ❤️ he definitely deserves a place on Netflix well spoken well educated and intelligent good work my guy

  95. Vg_astxro

    Vg_astxroUukausi sitten

    I thought he was carrying an RPG at first in the thumbnail 😂

  96. DannyWarlegs

    DannyWarlegsUukausi sitten

    0:34 a Wild Babushka appears You use confuse It was very effective Wild Babushka retreats!

  97. L Bukem

    L BukemUukausi sitten

    Top channel, top films 👍

  98. Valkyrie Z

    Valkyrie ZUukausi sitten

    I hope you do a similar series with Georgia , around small towns of Kutaisi , Gori etc.

  99. D. Cypher

    D. CypherUukausi sitten

    Actually a fine mosaic. Cool video.

  100. Nicolas Guaraná

    Nicolas GuaranáUukausi sitten

    Babushkas arguing