Also by Will Tizard
March 24, 2023
Outrage In Serbia After Chinese Construction Company Destroys War Monument
The demolition of a monument in Serbia honoring the fallen of World Wars I and II has sparked the ire of veterans' groups and locals. A Chinese construction company working on a highway project tore down the towering statues of fighters near the village of Negrisori.
March 23, 2023
Remaining Avdiyivka Residents Told To Evacuate Amid Russian Shelling
Residents who have remained in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiyivka are now deciding to move somewhere safer as danger grows. The badly battered municipality has seen growing Russian artillery shelling as the enemy makes small gains in areas around Avdiyivka.
March 20, 2023
Kazakh Elections Will Bring 'No Changes,' Say Voters
International observers say snap parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan on March 19 showed some progress compared to previous votes, but a number of opposition politicians claimed the voting was unfair. Social media purportedly show ballot stuffing and voters casting ballots in multiple locations.
March 17, 2023
Ukrainian Forces Fight Off 'Unlimited' Russian Attacks On The Donetsk Front
Standing just behind the front line in Donetsk, the city of Avdiyivka lies in ruins. As Russian shelling continues, the few remaining residents say they're not going anywhere. Ukrainian civilians carry on while the defending army says it's holding the line in this hot zone just southwest of Bakhmut.
March 15, 2023
Afghan Women Refugees Stranded In Pakistan See No Future
Dozens of Afghan refugees hoping to emigrate to the West have become stranded in Pakistan in a squalid camp in the capital, Islamabad. They fled Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in 2021. Women vastly outnumber men at the refugee shelter and hope for asylum in the West but remain in limbo.
March 07, 2023
An Afghan Province's Only Woman Dentist Inspires Her Patients
Latifa Naziri is the only female dentist in Firozkoh, the capital of Afghanistan's central Ghor Province. Her dental clinic just opened its doors in January but already sees dozens of patients every day. They say her success is a breakthrough that gives other women hope.
March 03, 2023
Ukrainian Crews Trained On British Challenger 2 Tanks Welcome Upgrade
Ukrainian crews being trained on British Challenger 2 tanks in England say the vehicle's power, mass, and operating controls will be a welcome addition on the battlefield in the Donbas region. They make for a powerful improvement over the Soviet-era T-80 tanks Ukrainian soldiers have been using.
March 02, 2023
Ukrainian Troops Report Constant Russian Attacks Near Vuhledar
Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the eastern region of Donetsk near Vuhledar said on February 28 they were seeing Russian infantry and tank attacks "almost every day" but are still holding their ground. Attacks have continued, even as enemy bodies and burned-out vehicles accumulate.
February 27, 2023
Tending The Flame At Kabul's Women-Only Restaurant
Samira Mohammadi's restaurant in the Afghan capital, Kabul, is run exclusively by and for women. It serves as a rare safe space in a society where the Taliban has been restricting basic freedoms for women since coming to power in 2021.
February 25, 2023
Ukrainian Military Medic Finds He Can Save Lives -- Regardless Of Sides
Former IT specialist Yehen Lata has no medical degree but finds his training as a mountain rescuer is often enough on the front lines of Ukraine. He carries with him everything essential for stabilizing wounded soldiers, he says, and will treat anyone urgently needing care.
February 22, 2023
65-Year-Old Volunteer Fighting In Ukraine Says This Is No Time For Rest
Volunteer soldier Oleksandr Taran was 58 when he tried to enlist to defend his country after Russia seized Crimea in 2014 -- but he was told by the Ukrainian military then that they had no need for his help. He is now 65 and the commander of a small volunteer unit. He says now is no time for a rest.
February 19, 2023
Central Asiatic Frogs Threatened By Illegal Sale In Kyrgyzstan
Experts say the Central Asiatic frog population is being threatened by poachers in Kyrgyzstan. Since ancient times, the frog has been dried and used as a cure for joint pain, wounds, and ulcers. Despite being a protected species and illegal to sell, it is still commonly found in Kyrgyz markets.
February 15, 2023
Ukrainian Crews Get Up To Speed On Leopard Tanks
While familiar with Soviet-era T-72 tanks, Ukrainian forces are keen to take newly acquired Leopard 2 tanks into battle against Russian invaders. Crews are undergoing accelerated training in Poland, mastering the advanced targeting systems, speed, and maneuverability of the German-made Leopards.
February 14, 2023
With Threat Of New Russian Attack In East, Ukrainian Forces Train Near Belarus Border
As fighting intensifies in the eastern Donetsk region, Ukrainian forces in the northern Rivne region were undergoing intensive training on February 11. Troops practiced ambushes and attacks to prepare against possible airborne invaders.
February 10, 2023
Video Shows Ukrainian Forces Repelling Russian Troops In The Donbas
Current Time reporter Borys Sachalko was with a Ukrainian frontline unit as reports came in of Russian troops advancing toward it. Using an armored personnel carrier, a rocket launcher, and small arms, the Ukrainians held the line.
February 06, 2023
Ukrainian Wives Of Fallen Soldiers Come Together For Support Online
Women who have lost their partners in battle against Russian invaders say the word "widow" is too painful to accept. Coming together in a Facebook group, they offer the mutual support and understanding they say can only come from someone going through the same kind of grief.
February 05, 2023
Kazakh Youth Sings On The Street To Raise Funds For Spinal Surgery
Seventeen-year-old Akerke Suleimen sings at the Altyn Orda market in Almaty to raise money for a spinal operation she needs abroad. The Kazakh youth has managed to save about half of the sum she needs. Meanwhile, her mother keeps dressing her warmly and handing her the microphone.
February 04, 2023
Bulgarian Artist Helps Revive Comic Book Heroes He Loved As Kid
The comics that fired Juliano Dimitrov's imagination as a child in Bulgaria are back -- thanks in part to his own artistic skills. The only state-sanctioned comic of the country in the 1980s, Duga, or Rainbow, is being revived. This edition melds the artwork of new creatives with that of veterans.