Yulia Zhukova is a Kyiv-based correspondent for Current Time, the Russian-language network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. She was born in Ukraine and graduated from Karazin National University in Kharkiv. Before joining Current Time in 2018, Zhukova reported for a number of Ukrainian television channels based in Kyiv.
Also by Yulia Zhukova
May 11, 2023
Borscht And Beats: Liverpool Becomes 'Little Ukraine' For Eurovision Song Contest
After Ukraine was unable to host this year's Eurovision competition, Liverpool stepped in to host the annual song contest and is putting Ukrainian artists and culture front and center. The city in northwest England is draped in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.
May 01, 2023
'Suffer With Dignity': How A Widowed Ukrainian Soldier Endured Russian Captivity
Recently freed in a prisoner swap, Ukrainian soldier Valeria Subotina told Current Time how she endured 327 days of Russian captivity as a prisoner of war. After her husband was killed in action two days after their wedding, she says she had nothing more to lose.
April 20, 2023
Saved By His Granny, A 12-Year-Old Ukrainian Yearns For Missing Mom
A year ago, 12-year-old Oleksandr Radchuk was separated from his mother and younger sister by the Russian military in occupied Mariupol. Saved from a Russian orphanage by his grandmother, who took him to Ukrainian-held territory, he has had no word about the fate of his mom and sister.
April 19, 2023
Rehab Therapists Help Ukrainian Soldiers Cope With Psychological Fallout Of Combat
Ukrainian soldier Stas still struggles with sleep -- but he can't bear to relax with music on earbuds because he might not hear approaching danger. Therapists at the Military Center for Psychological Rehabilitation have worked with 3,500 combat veterans like Stas along with former prisoners of war.
April 10, 2023
Ukrainian Amputee Soldier Is Eager To Get Back To The Fight
Danylo Lytvynenko is eager to get back into battle on Ukraine's eastern front once he masters his new prosthetic leg. He's one of 12,000 war casualties treated at a specialist rehab center in Lviv, including 350 children. The faciltity uses high-tech machinery to make its own prosthetic devices.
March 27, 2023
Mother Fights To Free Fallen Azovstal Defender's Widow From Russian Captivity
Lyudmyla Subotina’s son Andriy was among the Ukrainian soldiers killed in the defense of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol last March. Two days before he died, he had married a fellow soldier who was taken prisoner by Russia. Subotina has been on a campaign get her widowed daughter-in-law freed.
February 22, 2023
Kyiv Renames Streets After Fallen Soldiers
Streets in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, are being renamed in honor of soldiers who lost their lives defending the country against Russia's invasion. Current Time correspondent Yulia Zhukova walked along the recently renamed streets and spoke with the loved ones of the fallen soldiers.
February 21, 2023
Ukrainian Teen Caring For Four Siblings Prays He Won't Let Down His Slain Mother
Vyacheslav Yalov's mother died in his arms after she was hit by Russian shelling as they walked home together in the village of Verkhnotoretske in Ukraine's Donetsk region in 2022. Yalov, who has just turned 19, is now the guardian of his four siblings.
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.
December 22, 2022
Rebuilding Bucha And Irpin Nine Months After Russian Onslaught
The cities of Bucha and Irpin in the Kyiv region were both heavily damaged during the brief but brutal occupation by Russian forces at the start of their invasion of Ukraine. Many houses were completely destroyed or in need of major repairs.
December 04, 2022
Evacuees Living In Container Housing In Bucha Brave Freezing Temperatures And Power Cuts
Ukrainian civilians who have fled Russian-occupied cities in the east, along with local Bucha residents who have lost their homes, do their best to cope with poorly ventilated temporary modular housing and power cuts that interrupt heat.
November 10, 2022
Uniforms For Pregnant Soldiers: Ukrainian Volunteers Tailor Gear For Women At War
More than 5,000 women are serving in the Ukrainian Army amid Russia's ongoing invasion and occupation of their country. From special uniforms for pregnant soldiers to female toiletry kits, the Zemlyachky Foundation is tailoring military gear for Ukrainian women at war.
October 15, 2022
Ukrainian Cancer Doctor Killed In Kyiv Barrage, Leaving Her 5-Year-Old Son An Orphan
Oksana Leontyeva was killed on October 10 after a Russian rocket hit her car in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. She was traveling to the hospital where she worked as a cancer doctor after having dropped off her 5-year-old son, Hrysha, at his kindergarten.
October 10, 2022
Ukrainians Steel Themselves For A Cold, Wartime Winter
In Irpin, near Kyiv, 75 percent of the residents have returned following intense Russian attacks there earlier this year. But many houses are heavily damaged and people are working hard to get them ready as winter approaches. Ukrainians are gearing up for a bleak, wartime winter.
October 06, 2022
Man Lost Whole Family In Russian Air Strike: 'They Killed Everything In My Soul'
Volodymyr Obodzinskiy lost his entire family in March in a Russian attack. An air strike hit his house, killing his 40-year-old wife, Natalya, 14-year-old son Volodymyr, 19-year-old daughter Ivanka, and her 1-year-old twins. Obodzinskiy visited the wreckage of his home and spoke about the tragedy.
September 28, 2022
'No One Can Replace Their Mom': Ukrainian Sisters Struggle With Loss After Kramatorsk Air Strike
Months after their mother was killed in an air strike on Kramatorsk railway station in Ukraine's Donetsk region, two grieving sisters are struggling without their mom. Thirteen-year-old Kateryna and her 8-year-old sister, Yulia, are now living with their aunt and grandmother in Kyiv.
August 24, 2022
Yehor's Diary: Singer Buys A Home For 9-Year-Old Boy Who Documented Mariupol Siege
Ukrainian singer Tina Karol has bought an apartment for the family of Yehor Kravtsov, a 9-year-old boy who kept a diary during the siege of Mariupol by Russian troops. The singer's manager contacted the family and offered to help after seeing a Current Time video about the boy.
August 23, 2022
War In Ukraine Leaves 1,500 Airline Pilots Grounded
Vladyslav Petrenko is one of some 1,500 Ukrainian airline pilots who have been grounded since Russia invaded Ukraine six months ago. He says the military has no use for them because Ukraine has hundreds of military pilots but not enough military planes for them to fly.
July 29, 2022
Borodyanka Man Spends Months Searching For Family After Russian Strike
Oleksandr Melnychenko has been searching since March for his son, his son's wife, and their three daughters since Russian jets bombed their apartment building. Melnychenko, a former police investigator, chases down any lead in the hope that they somehow escaped death.