Episodes
The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog agency is warning of a potentially dangerous situation following a drone strike on one of six nuclear reactors at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns Ukraine could run out of air defense missiles if Russia keeps up its intense long-range-bombing campaign. While NATO members vow to support Kyiv, U.S. aid is still in limbo. The story of an American who joined Ukraine’s military efforts...
Published 04/08/24
Russia continued its barrage of drone and missile strikes across Ukraine over the weekend, particularly targeting energy infrastructure. Anna Chernikova in Kyiv provides an update and talks about how Ukrainians marked the recapture of Kyiv region on the second anniversary. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues a reshuffle of top aides and advisors. VOA’s Carla Babb reports on the ongoing support and opposition in the U.S. Congress over continued military aid for Ukraine. It’s not...
Published 04/01/24
Russia launched missile strikes against Kyiv on Monday for the third time in five days, part of an apparent escalation of aerial bombardment targeting Ukrainian cities. Islamic State takes responsibility for a deadly attack at a Moscow concert hall as Russia pushes the narrative of suspecting Ukraine. The wife of Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza says the lives of the jailed political prisoners in Russia who have spoken out against Vladimir Putin are in deeper danger following the...
Published 03/25/24
An empowered Russian President Vladimir Putin cemented his grip on power after a highly orchestrated landslide election win Sunday as Western leaders called neither free nor fair. Heeding the call of the widow of Alexey Navalny, an outpouring of international demonstrations as thousands of supporters took to the streets in protest of Putin’s competition free victory. Anna Chernikova in Kyiv talks about Ukrainian reaction to Russia's election.
Published 03/18/24
Ukraine strongly dismisses Pope Francis's call in a recent interview to “show the courage of the white flag.” Ukraine wins its first-ever Oscar award for best documentary feature '20 Days in Mariupol.’
Published 03/11/24
A dozen civilians including 5 children were killed in a Russian drone strike that reduced their apartment building to rubble. Anna Chernikova reports from Kyiv. The UN human rights chief calls for Moscow to end repression in run-up to Russia’s presidential election. Why foreigners living in Ukraine are choosing to stay instead of returning to the safety of their home countries. Lesia Bakalets has the story.
Published 03/04/24
As Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine official enters a third year President Volodymr Zalenskyy says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the war in February 2022. U.S. President Joe Biden is summoning congressional leaders to the White House to talk Ukraine and government funding. After enduring 2 years of war as communities are reduced to rubble and with uncertainty for the future, how are Ukrainians coping? During the two years since Russia invaded Ukraine,...
Published 02/26/24
Russia says it has crushed the last pocket of resistance in a key Ukrainian city, as Kyiv’s outmanned forces retreat. Anna Chernikova in Kyiv says the fierce battle cost many lives. Following the sudden death staunch Putin critic Alexey Navalny, his wife Yulia vows to carry his fight forward. Clark University Professor and Russia scholar talks about Navalny's legacy and what it will mean for the movement. European leaders are preparing for a future potentially without U.S. support. A...
Published 02/19/24
Russia’s military launches more drone attacks on Ukraine as President Zelenskyy makes more military leadership changes. VOA’s Rick Pantaleo gets details from Anna Chernikova in Kyiv. The White House, European leaders, and NATO condemned remarks by Donald Trump on potentially not defending alliance members. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi has the story. Ukrainian officials claim Russian forces are using terminals of Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service Starlink.
Published 02/12/24
The United Nations’ highest court says it has jurisdiction to rule on a request by Kyiv for a declaration saying it is not responsible for Russia’s claims of genocide. After two years of full-scale war, a survey shows Ukrainians are more united than ever in their rejection of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ambitions for their country. The debate over funding Ukraine in its war with Russia has wide-reaching implications, even far away from the front lines. A team of journalists who...
Published 02/05/24
Last week, Ukrainian officials said they uncovered massive military fraud in a scheme that saw tens of millions of dollars exchanged for weapons that never materialized. Where is the investigation leading? Russia says it’s taken a city in the Kharkiv region, and Ukraine says it still holds the city. What’s the latest on the ground? Aberystwyth University’s Jenny Mathers discusses gender and the economic and military dynamics affecting Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine's international supporters, and...
Published 01/30/24
From Kyiv, Ukraine, Anna Chernikova provides an update after Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk meets with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy. The meeting comes after a wave of attacks across Ukraine and in occupied territories. Chatham House Deputy Director, Russia, and Eurasia Programme; Head of the Ukraine Forum Orysia Lutsevych in London discusses the significance of natural gas strikes and drones in the war. As Ukraine awaits the arrival of long-promised F-16 fighter jets from its...
Published 01/22/24
The United Nations appealed Monday for $4.2 billion to provide humanitarian aid to people dealing with the effects of nearly two years of war inside Ukraine as well as the millions of refugees who have fled to other countries in the region. More Ukrainian children from Ukraine's Russia-held regions have arrived in Belarus. Nathaniel Raymond, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Research Lab at the Yale School of Public Health speaks with VOA about the development. Anton Shtukin, a...
Published 01/15/24
Russia launched a large-scale missile assault on several Ukrainian regions at the start of peak morning hours on Monday, with all of the country under air raid alerts. Anna Chernikova in Kyiv provides an update. Unlike last winter, when the Kremlin's forces targeted Ukraine's power grid, Russia is now aiming at Kyiv's defense industry. Karolina Hird, Russia Team Deputy Lead with the Institute for the Study of War provides insights into what increasing Russian attacks mean and the implications...
Published 01/09/24
Russia launched a large-scale missile assault on several Ukrainian regions at the start of peak morning hours on Monday, with all of the country under air raid alerts. Anna Chernikova in Kyiv provides an update. Unlike last winter, when the Kremlin's forces targeted Ukraine's power grid, Russia is now aiming at Kyiv's defense industry. Karolina Hird, Russia Team Deputy Lead with the Institute for the Study of War provides insights into what increasing Russian attacks mean and the implications...
Published 01/08/24
Ukraine ends 2023 coping with a barrage of deadly Russian attacks and uncertainty over continued Western aid. Henry Ridgwell takes a look back. The last year started with a number of successes in Ukraine's efforts to stave off invading Russian forces but ended with disappointment over in its counteroffensive efforts. Ukraine war correspondent Christopher Miller discusses the successes and challenges that lie ahead for Ukraine. The war is taking a toll on school children yearning to get back...
Published 01/01/24
Ukraine observed Christmas on Monday, the first time the country has officially marked the holiday on December 25 rather than the January 7 date followed by some Orthodox countries, including Russia. Ukraine’s air force on Monday reported that it shot down two Russian fighter jets during the night along with two cruise missiles and 28 Shahed-type drones. Anna Chernikova discusses the somber mood in Ukraine with another Christmas battling Russia’s invasion. Henry Ridgwell reports on the year...
Published 12/25/23
Russia and Ukraine reportedly launched mass drone attacks at each other’s territories for a over the weekend, one of which apparently targeted a Russian military airport. Anna Chernikova in Kyiv has the latest. U.S. Senate negotiators worked through the weekend in Washington, D.C trying to hammer out a deal to provide funding for Ukraine, while tightening up the U.S Southern border. Associated Press correspondent Jackie Quinn provides details. Ukraine has moved a step forward in its bid to...
Published 12/18/23
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Washington, where Monday he addressed U.S. military officers at the National Defense University. Tuesday, he is expected to go to Capitol Hill and meet with President Biden at the White House as part of a last-minute push to convince Congress to provide more money for weapons. Hungary said on Monday it would not bow to pressure from other European Union states to give the green light for accession talks with Ukraine, setting the stage for a...
Published 12/11/23
Biden Administration warns Congress without approval of aid for Ukraine, Kyiv’s effort to defend itself from Russia’s invasion could grind to a halt. Allegations of Russian forces executing surrendering Ukrainian soldiers. Ukraine pushes ahead with renewable energy plans, despite war.
Published 12/04/23
Russia launched its largest drone strike to date on Ukraine over the weekend. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi provides details while correspondent Anna Chernikova in Kyiv tells us how the strikes led to a sleepless night for residents in the Capitol. As Ukraine's forces continue their counteroffensive, mines and explosives threaten its people in de-occupied regions. Myroslava Gongadze tells the story. A Russian woman who wants to run for president says the Kremlin should end the conflict in Ukraine,...
Published 11/27/23
What happens next and what would make peace possible. The World Health Organization warns of rising threat of disease and epidemic given the collapse of Gaza’s medical system. And another worrisome UN climate report ahead of a meeting of world leaders at next week’s COP28 conference
Published 11/25/23
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin makes surprise visit to Kyiv to reassure Ukrainian leaders continued American support. Ukraine suffers another wave of intensive Russian shelling. Russia increases its defense spending budget by record amount. A project to preserve Ukraine’s cultural heritage.
Published 11/20/23