Frontline goes to the battlefield

You might want to prepare yourself for some intense documentary programming Tuesday night.

Frontline is airing a new special, to be broadcast at 9 p.m. on Panhandle PBS, that examines two of the world’s hottest flashpoints.

It’s called “Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria,” and it goes inside the fights raging in those two shattered countries.

The acclaimed PBS series is going to produce personal and dramatic footage of the fights. In Ukraine, Frontline reveals what it says in a press release “the deep-seeded hatreds between right-wing Ukrainian nationalists with historic ties to the Nazis and violent pro-Russian separatists vying for control of the country.” The trouble in Ukraine has reached a white-hot pitch, with Russians annexing the Crimean region of Ukraine, massing troops along the eastern border of Ukraine and, in the words of President Obama, “interfering” with the affairs of a sovereign state.

The circumstances in Syria are different, but no less compelling. Frontline has discovered rebels fighting government forces who say “they’re being secretly armed and trained by the United States.” The Syrian conflict has degenerated into what many are calling a full-scale civil war between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. The Syrians have turned over chemical weapons, the United States had threatened to strike the country militarily, the Russians entered the picture to produce a diplomatic solution. But through it all, the fighting has raged on.

Frontline had planned re-air “To Catch a Trader,” but set that segment aside for this compelling new special.

Look for it at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Panhandle PBS.

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Check out the teaser for this amazing hour of public television. It’s on the link below.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

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