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Today, we invite you to watch ‘The Body in the Woods’ on Independent TV. In this gravely important documentary, International Correspondent Bel Trew investigates Ukraine’s unprecedented search for its missing and dead in the middle of Europe’s bloodiest war in generations.

Watch now: Bel Trew’s documentary 'The Body in the Woods' on Independent TV.

Independent TV has released a new feature-length documentary from The Independent’s international correspondent Bel Trew – ‘The Body in the Woods’. The piece delves into Ukraine’s unprecedented search for its missing and dead in the middle of Europe’s bloodiest war in generations.

It comes as the world marks one year since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. The 40-minute documentary, from the new TV and documentary team at The Independent,  opens with the discovery of a body of a young man found bound, shot and burned beside an abandoned Russian camp in the woods outside Kyiv.

As Bel attempts to find out who the young man was and what happened to him, she uncovers the nightmare world thousands of Ukrainian families face trying to find their murdered relatives. In the chaos of war, and amid the discovery of mass graves, bodies go missing and are mixed up, adding to the emotional and human tragedy of the conflict.

The premiere of the documentary was held at Kyiv railway station on 25 February and is due to be followed by charity screenings in London and New York.

The Body in the Woods is now available to watch online at the Independent TV hub (, on The Independent’s new smart TV app, and on the Independent mobile app.

Independent TV

Launched in December 2020, Independent TV is a thrilling way to watch trusted news, insight and investigation from around the world.

It offers current affairs, arts, lifestyle, sports and live footage, putting The Independent’s editorial staff front and center – in video form.

Many of the team are no strangers to being in front of the camera, including Simon Calder, a regular face on television and a much-relied upon source of travel advice and analysis, and our football correspondent, Miguel Delaney.

Christian Broughton, The Independent’s managing director, says: “Documentaries and lifestyle programming have opened up new and powerful ways for us to tell stories to our audiences. Seeing is not just believing – it helps our viewers to really feel the emotion, and gain deeper understanding. We now live in a world where moving images on screens of all sizes – from smartphone to smart TV – are the primary means of media consumption for so many.”

Original Independent TV content includes On the Ground, Behind the Headlines, Decomplicated, Music Box and Binge or Bin.

Watch Independent TV via, the Independent mobile app and the Independent TV app (available globally on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Sony smart TVs, with LG, Samsung and Roku coming soon). Across the web and CTV platforms, Independent TV records up to 72 million video views per month.

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