Also by Aleksander Palikot
January 30, 2024
'We'll Fight Until We're Dead': With Dwindling Ammunition, Ukrainian Soldiers Defend Their Gains
Russian troops are pressing on Ukrainian forces along much of the front, including in the Zaporizhzhya region, where Kyiv’s counteroffensive halted last year. Soldiers stationed in the area for over 17 months are fighting to hold the line amid mounting problems from morale to a shortage of shells.
January 10, 2024
On The Ground, Two Years In, Polish Volunteers Labor To Help Ukrainians Cope With War
Nearly two years into Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, hundreds, possibly thousands, of Poles remain committed to finding ways -- big and small -- to help Ukrainians, civilians and soldiers alike.
December 23, 2023
Donation Nation: How Ukrainians Support The Army Amid Financial Uncertainty
From a “drone-pong” competition to a “revenge crowdfunding” drive, raising cash for the army has become a feature of wartime life for millions of Ukrainians, marrying patriotism with a sense of self-worth and community. But if Western financial support dwindles, these donations won’t fill the gap.
December 10, 2023
With Aid In Doubt And Advances Slow, Ukraine Struggles In The War's 'New Phase'
At a triage site near the deadly battle for Avdiyivka, the wounded come in waves -- sometimes dozens of soldiers in a single day. With Kyiv's counteroffensive stymied and U.S. aid drying up, Ukraine's fate is uncertain as another winter of full-scale war sets in.
November 25, 2023
Despite Challenges, Ukraine's Combat Medics Notch Lifesaving Breakthroughs
Ukrainian combat medics recently performed the first blood transfusion in the trenches, the latest step in efforts to save lives amid Europe's biggest post-1945 war. The rapid evolution of combat medicine continues despite the daunting challenges.
November 15, 2023
With Talk Of A Stalemate And Potential Elections, Politics Seeps Back Into Ukraine
As the war drags on and another winter approaches, rumblings about elections next year and talk of a “stalemate” on the battlefield have exposed fault lines in a country whose unity has been a crucial force in an existential struggle against the Russian invasion.
October 23, 2023
Tough Times, Broken Ties On Ukraine's Shell-Battered Border With Russia
Villages and towns in the borderlands of Ukraine's Sumy region suffer from persistent Russian shelling and economic ruin. As anger seethes, the unending aggression has also claimed another casualty, tearing up long-standing ties with the other side.
October 13, 2023
'Without Leaving Home, We Became Foreigners': Ukrainians Escape Russian Occupation Through The Only Open Border Crossing
Every day, more than 100 people arrive in Ukraine through the only functioning border crossing with Russia, most of them coming initially from Russian-occupied parts of the Donbas. Many leave to escape harm or poverty, but persistent pressure to accept Russian citizenship also fuels the exodus.
September 19, 2023
'The Wiliest Is The Winner': Ukrainian Marine Infantry Gradually Breaks Through Russian Defenses
Ukraine has deployed four NATO-trained, Western-equipped brigades in a small sector of the southern front and made significant advances there. From recently recaptured trenches, the war seems endless, but from headquarters, it’s a battle of wits as well as weapons -- and the smarter side will win.
August 30, 2023
Exhaustion And Hope: A Battle-Hardened Battalion Holds The Line On Ukraine's Southern Front
Soldiers in a unit serving on Ukraine's southern front have been hardened by over a year of war, but they are also exhausted. As Kyiv's counteroffensive grinds on 18 months after the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian authorities are trying to minimize losses and buy more time.
August 18, 2023
Amid Corruption Scandals And Mounting Problems, Ukraine Vows To Shake Up The Military Enlistment System. It's A Tough Task.
After a series of corruption scandals, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced the dismissal of all top military recruitment officials and promised to tackle problems experienced by soldiers as Russia’s invasion persists. Reforming the system may prove a decisive stress test for Ukrainian society.
August 08, 2023
In Ukraine's East, A Shrapnel-Scarred Monastery Is Caught Up In War And Religious Rivalry
The monks of the Svyatohirsk Lavra, a major monastery near the front line in Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region, have been accused of siding with Russia-backed forces in the past. Now, the majestic site is caught in the middle of Russia’s war on Ukraine and a struggle for the Orthodox faithful.
July 28, 2023
In The Second Summer Of War, A Rash Of Russian Attacks Unites Odesa In Anger
The Russian missile attack on Odesa on July 23 left people dead and wounded and damaged historic buildings in the heart of the city, including its biggest cathedral. Outraged residents showed unity, struggling to persevere as Moscow targets the iconic port city in its bid to dominate the Black Sea.
July 27, 2023
A Drowned World Exposed: Receding Dnieper River Reveals Remnants Of The Past After Dam Breach In Ukraine
The destruction of the Kakhovka dam caused disaster in southern Ukraine -- and uncovered long-inundated lands sometimes called the Cossack Atlantis. Archaeologists expect a flood of discoveries, but Russia still holds much of the territory that has been exposed by the receding waters of the Dnieper.
July 23, 2023
Wartime TV In Ukraine: Much-Needed Unity Or A 'Marathon Of Propaganda'?
Ukraine’s media landscape has shifted in the face of the Russian invasion. The sweeping changes may be part of the staunch resistance to Moscow’s onslaught, but they also create risks that could grow as the war rages on -- or after it ends.
July 11, 2023
Back To Bakhmut: The Ukrainian Forces Trying To Trap Russian Troops In A Ruined City
"Our job is to…make a bad day for the Russians." Following a lull in the fighting, the Ukrainian Army is advancing on the northern and southern flanks of Bakhmut, hoping to surround the destroyed Donetsk region city to avoid getting involved in street fighting again and suffering losses.
July 04, 2023
'It's Not A Chess Game, It's Pure Madness': Residents Near Russian-Controlled Nuclear Plant In Ukraine Fear Catastrophe
Ukrainian officials and intelligence officers say catastrophe could strike any moment at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. The residents of Nikopol, across a Dnieper River reservoir that is almost completely dry after a dam breach downstream, fear their predictions may come true.
June 25, 2023
In Ukraine, Russian Mutiny A Source Of Hope, Trepidation, And Mocking Memes
As Wagner mercenaries fighting in Russia’s war on Ukraine crossed into Russia, seizing military facilities heading toward Moscow, Ukrainians followed the dramatic developments with a mixture of hope and trepidation -- and a heavy dose of mirth.
June 14, 2023
In A Ukrainian Frontline Town, Shrapnel, Rubble, And The Sound Of Unceasing Gunfire As A Crucial Counteroffensive Begins
The broken bridge over the river cutting through Kamyanske is as far as Russian forces got when they poured toward Zaporizhzhya following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Now, with a major Ukrainian counteroffensive in gear, the sounds of rocket and artillery fire are unceasing.