Bear Grylls embarks on a remarkable expedition through Ukraine, delving into the heart of a war-weary nation to share the stories of its resilient citizens.
Accompanied by President Zelenskyy, Grylls navigates the streets of Kyiv, engaging with individuals deeply impacted by the conflict but unwavering in their hope for a brighter future.
Set against the backdrop of an ongoing conflict with Russia, Grylls accepts the invitation of President Zelenskyy to explore Ukraine nearly a year after the invasion began. Zelenskyy’s inspirational leadership has not only united his people but garnered global admiration. Grylls, supported by his team, bravely ventures into this active war zone, facing significant risks as they traverse a country constantly under the threat of missile strikes and energy infrastructure disruption attempts.
The observational documentary chronicles Grylls’ three-day journey deep into Ukraine. Beyond meeting the commander-in-chief in Kyiv, Grylls seeks to understand the daily struggles and triumphs of the Ukrainian people. He visits the former front line in Irpin, a town just 10 kilometers from the capital, where he encounters individuals like Oleksandr, a civilian turned soldier due to the conflict. Gripping tales of heroism, survival, and tragedy, such as that of journalist Alina, who lost her father to the war, unfold throughout the film.
This unprecedented adventure takes Grylls beyond his typical survival role, as he immerses himself in the experiences of others. While meeting President Zelenskyy, Grylls aims to uncover the person behind the public image, gaining insight into his life away from the podium. As Ukraine endures this winter of darkness, Grylls witnesses the nation’s resilience firsthand. Rather than a formal presidential setting, their meeting unfolds during a friendly stroll through the streets of Kyiv, providing Grylls an opportunity to glimpse the authentic Volodymyr—beyond the headlines.
War Zone: Bear Grylls Meets President Zelenskyy premieres in India on Discovery on Monday, 15 May, at 8.05 pm, and is available to stream on discovery+ from 15 May.