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Film fest to frontline: Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

When Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, Oleg Sentsov stepped out from behind the camera

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine: It was less than a year ago that Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov was presenting his latest film “Rhino” at the prestigious Venice film festival.

But after Moscow’s troops invaded his country, the filmmaker — who spent several years imprisoned in Russia — put his work on hold and joined the fighting on the frontline.

“I’ve had several lives and I regret nothing,” says the 46-year-old director, now a member of a Ukrainian special forces unit stationed in the country’s east.

In an interview with AFP on his day off in the city of Kramatorsk, the tall, imposing filmmaker recounts a path that…

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