State of Ukraine

State of Ukraine

With reporters on the ground, conversations with politicians and officials, and breakdowns of what’s going on, we’ll bring you everything you need to know about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, multiple times a day. We’ll discuss the confli

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In an ongoing race, Ukraine tries to repair faster than Russia bombs

Ukraine's electrical grid has been under assault from Russian airstrikes for two months. Repair workers are racing to fix damaged power stations, even as the country braces for more attacks.

In an ongoing race, Ukraine tries to repair faster than Russia bombs

Ukraine's electrical grid has been under assault from Russian airstrikes for two months. Repair workers are racing to fix damaged power stations, even as the country braces for more attacks.

04:02

6 Dec 22

Russian airstrikes cause electricity outages, but Ukraine says it shot down missiles

Russian airstrikes caused electricity outages in some Ukrainian cities. However, Ukraine says it shot down many missiles, and the damage was substantially less than in previous attacks.

Russian airstrikes cause electricity outages, but Ukraine says it shot down missiles

Russian airstrikes caused electricity outages in some Ukrainian cities. However, Ukraine says it shot down many missiles, and the damage was substantially less than in previous attacks.

03:58

5 Dec 22

100 years ago, 'Carol of the Bells' came to America — from Ukraine

"Carol of the Bells" is a Christmas staple in the U.S., but it was written by a Ukrainian composer and first came to the U.S. 100 years ago — when Ukrainians were fighting for freedom.

100 years ago, 'Carol of the Bells' came to America — from Ukraine

"Carol of the Bells" is a Christmas staple in the U.S., but it was written by a Ukrainian composer and first came to the U.S. 100 years ago — when Ukrainians were fighting for freedom.

03:38

2 Dec 22

The EU aims to find a way to hold Putin responsible for war crimes in Ukraine

NPR's A Martinez talks to Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, about an EU proposal for a special war crimes court in Ukraine.

The EU aims to find a way to hold Putin responsible for war crimes in Ukraine

NPR's A Martinez talks to Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, about an EU proposal for a special war crimes court in Ukraine.

05:11

1 Dec 22

With a trip to Kyiv, NATO foreign ministers underscore their commitment to Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers are now meeting in Romania to discuss how to support Ukrainians as they confront a harsh winter and a constant barrage of Russian attacks on critical infrastructure.

With a trip to Kyiv, NATO foreign ministers underscore their commitment to Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers are now meeting in Romania to discuss how to support Ukrainians as they confront a harsh winter and a constant barrage of Russian attacks on critical infrastructure.

03:45

30 Nov 22

Ukraine remembers a famine under Stalin, and points to parallels with Putin

Ukraine marked 90 years since a terrible famine that killed at least 4 million of its people. The event was especially poignant this year as Ukraine deals with its present crisis.

Ukraine remembers a famine under Stalin, and points to parallels with Putin

Ukraine marked 90 years since a terrible famine that killed at least 4 million of its people. The event was especially poignant this year as Ukraine deals with its present crisis.

04:31

28 Nov 22

Ukrainians prepare for winter by cutting down trees, raising concerns about forests

Ukraine is suffering power outages and damaged heating systems as Russia attacks its energy systems. Many are preparing for winter by cutting down trees, raising concerns about the country's forests.

Ukrainians prepare for winter by cutting down trees, raising concerns about forests

Ukraine is suffering power outages and damaged heating systems as Russia attacks its energy systems. Many are preparing for winter by cutting down trees, raising concerns about the country's forests.

04:55

24 Nov 22

Georgians alarmed at the arrival of tens of thousands of Russian exiles

A small country bordering Russia and partly occupied by it is alarmed by the recent arrival of tens of thousands of Russian men fleeing conscription into the Ukraine war.

Georgians alarmed at the arrival of tens of thousands of Russian exiles

A small country bordering Russia and partly occupied by it is alarmed by the recent arrival of tens of thousands of Russian men fleeing conscription into the Ukraine war.

07:03

23 Nov 22

Aid to Ukraine is vital this winter as Russia keeps up its attack on infrastructure

As Russia's bombardment of Ukraine's infrastructure continues, the Ukrainian government is set to receive more than $4 billion in aid from the U.S. to help keep basic services running.

Aid to Ukraine is vital this winter as Russia keeps up its attack on infrastructure

As Russia's bombardment of Ukraine's infrastructure continues, the Ukrainian government is set to receive more than $4 billion in aid from the U.S. to help keep basic services running.

02:25

22 Nov 22

How Russia is weaponizing the Ukrainian winter

Ukraine says Russia is using the cold as a weapon against Ukrainians, by targeting the country's ability to heat and power homes. Repair crews are struggling to restore power to damaged areas.

How Russia is weaponizing the Ukrainian winter

Ukraine says Russia is using the cold as a weapon against Ukrainians, by targeting the country's ability to heat and power homes. Repair crews are struggling to restore power to damaged areas.

06:48

21 Nov 22

She was a diplomat in Ukraine when war came. In a U.S. suburb, a truck took her life

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Dan Langenkamp, former press attaché for the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, about his advocacy for bike safety. His wife was killed in a crash in August.

She was a diplomat in Ukraine when war came. In a U.S. suburb, a truck took her life

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Dan Langenkamp, former press attaché for the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, about his advocacy for bike safety. His wife was killed in a crash in August.

05:59

18 Nov 22

Examining the missile mishap in Poland and the lessons to take away

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Stephen Flanagan, a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, about the lessons NATO can learn from this week's missile strike near Poland's border with Ukraine.

Examining the missile mishap in Poland and the lessons to take away

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Stephen Flanagan, a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, about the lessons NATO can learn from this week's missile strike near Poland's border with Ukraine.

05:56

17 Nov 22

The missile strike in Poland was potentially a stray Ukrainian missile

Initial investigations suggest the missile strike in Poland was not a deliberate attack but potentially a stray Ukrainian missile.

The missile strike in Poland was potentially a stray Ukrainian missile

Initial investigations suggest the missile strike in Poland was not a deliberate attack but potentially a stray Ukrainian missile.

03:45

16 Nov 22

Ukrainian soldiers are picking up new skills — even from YouTube — to fight Russia

As the war has changed over the months, Ukrainian soldiers have had to adapt quickly and learn new skills — even if it means figuring out how to fire anti-tank missiles by watching YouTube videos.

Ukrainian soldiers are picking up new skills — even from YouTube — to fight Russia

As the war has changed over the months, Ukrainian soldiers have had to adapt quickly and learn new skills — even if it means figuring out how to fire anti-tank missiles by watching YouTube videos.

04:51

14 Nov 22

In a major blow to Putin, Russia says it has fully withdrawn from Kherson

The Russian Defense Ministry says it has completed its withdrawal from the strategically important city of Kherson in southern Ukraine.

In a major blow to Putin, Russia says it has fully withdrawn from Kherson

The Russian Defense Ministry says it has completed its withdrawal from the strategically important city of Kherson in southern Ukraine.

03:57

11 Nov 22

Ukraine is skeptical of Russian claims that it is withdrawing from Kherson

Russian officials made an announcement that they are withdrawing troops from the key city of Kherson. The city is the capital of a region Russia claims to have annexed.

Ukraine is skeptical of Russian claims that it is withdrawing from Kherson

Russian officials made an announcement that they are withdrawing troops from the key city of Kherson. The city is the capital of a region Russia claims to have annexed.

03:55

10 Nov 22

Italy has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine — but that support could dwindle

Italy has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine since Russia's invasion in February. But with high energy prices, inflation and a new government, there's concern that support might start to dwindle.

Italy has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine — but that support could dwindle

Italy has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine since Russia's invasion in February. But with high energy prices, inflation and a new government, there's concern that support might start to dwindle.

03:55

8 Nov 22

A chance meeting in war-torn Ukraine helps reconnect friends half a world away

NPR checks in on a woman in Ukraine, six months after her town was liberated from Russian occupation.

A chance meeting in war-torn Ukraine helps reconnect friends half a world away

NPR checks in on a woman in Ukraine, six months after her town was liberated from Russian occupation.

08:17

7 Nov 22

Russia's invasion has prompted Biden to offer reconciliation to Venezuela's president

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted the Biden administration to extend an olive branch to Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro.

Russia's invasion has prompted Biden to offer reconciliation to Venezuela's president

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted the Biden administration to extend an olive branch to Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro.

04:35

4 Nov 22

A new school in Kyiv is training women to pilot drones

A new school in Kyiv aims to get more women involved in the war effort by putting them in a driver's seat where few have been before: piloting drones.

A new school in Kyiv is training women to pilot drones

A new school in Kyiv aims to get more women involved in the war effort by putting them in a driver's seat where few have been before: piloting drones.

03:52

2 Nov 22

Updates on the latest strikes in Ukraine

Ukraine says it shot down many of the missiles sent by Russia on Monday, but the ones that got through have caused a lot of damage.

Updates on the latest strikes in Ukraine

Ukraine says it shot down many of the missiles sent by Russia on Monday, but the ones that got through have caused a lot of damage.

03:27

1 Nov 22

Russia faces backlash over threat to pull out of grain deal

Russia has threatened to pull out of the Black Sea Grain initiative - a move that threatens to have a profound impact on global food prices.

Russia faces backlash over threat to pull out of grain deal

Russia has threatened to pull out of the Black Sea Grain initiative - a move that threatens to have a profound impact on global food prices.

03:30

31 Oct 22

Putin makes unsubstantiated claim that Ukraine has plans to use a dirty bomb

Russia has given no evidence of Ukraine planning to use a bomb that would spread radiation on its own territory. The U.S. has warned Russia may be setting a pretext for its own future actions.

Putin makes unsubstantiated claim that Ukraine has plans to use a dirty bomb

Russia has given no evidence of Ukraine planning to use a bomb that would spread radiation on its own territory. The U.S. has warned Russia may be setting a pretext for its own future actions.

03:43

27 Oct 22

Another casualty of Russia's war: Some Ukrainians no longer trust their neighbors

The war in Ukraine hasn't only destroyed lives and buildings. It's also ripped apart trust in communities that endured Russian occupation. Neighbors now see each other as collaborators with the enemy.

Another casualty of Russia's war: Some Ukrainians no longer trust their neighbors

The war in Ukraine hasn't only destroyed lives and buildings. It's also ripped apart trust in communities that endured Russian occupation. Neighbors now see each other as collaborators with the enemy.

05:04

26 Oct 22

Progressive Democrats withdraw a letter urging Biden to be more proactive in Ukraine

Members of the congressional progressive caucus have withdrawn a letter urging President Biden to adjust his approach to the war in Ukraine.

Progressive Democrats withdraw a letter urging Biden to be more proactive in Ukraine

Members of the congressional progressive caucus have withdrawn a letter urging President Biden to adjust his approach to the war in Ukraine.

04:04

25 Oct 22

Ukrainians keep a wary eye on U.S. midterm elections, fearing a loss of support

The likelihood that Republicans may win the House has triggered concerns in Ukraine. Last month, most House Republicans voted against a funding package that included billions earmarked for Ukraine.

Ukrainians keep a wary eye on U.S. midterm elections, fearing a loss of support

The likelihood that Republicans may win the House has triggered concerns in Ukraine. Last month, most House Republicans voted against a funding package that included billions earmarked for Ukraine.

04:24

21 Oct 22

Iran denies that it is supplying weaponry to Russia for use in Ukraine

Iran is wading into Russia's war on Ukraine with reported plans to sell surface to surface missiles and drones to Moscow. Will Iran's help change the trajectory of this war?

Iran denies that it is supplying weaponry to Russia for use in Ukraine

Iran is wading into Russia's war on Ukraine with reported plans to sell surface to surface missiles and drones to Moscow. Will Iran's help change the trajectory of this war?

03:07

20 Oct 22

Putin orders martial law in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered martial law in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.

Putin orders martial law in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered martial law in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.

03:34

19 Oct 22

In Ukraine, trend lines point to escalation, not an endgame

When the question comes up on how the war in Ukraine ends, the debate tends to be brief. After eight months of fighting, most all the signs are pointing toward prolonged conflict.

In Ukraine, trend lines point to escalation, not an endgame

When the question comes up on how the war in Ukraine ends, the debate tends to be brief. After eight months of fighting, most all the signs are pointing toward prolonged conflict.

06:17

18 Oct 22

U.S. to send Ukraine more air defense systems after Russia stepped missile attacks

NPR's A Martinez talks to John Kirby, White House national security coordinator for Strategic Communications, about the Russian bombardments, and expedited U.S. shipments of weapons and equipment.

U.S. to send Ukraine more air defense systems after Russia stepped missile attacks

NPR's A Martinez talks to John Kirby, White House national security coordinator for Strategic Communications, about the Russian bombardments, and expedited U.S. shipments of weapons and equipment.

05:37

17 Oct 22

Young Ukrainians are spreading joy by organizing cleanup parties

A group of volunteers are spreading joy in Ukraine by organizing cleanup parties. Young Ukrainians blast music and dance as they clean the debris of obliterated homes.

Young Ukrainians are spreading joy by organizing cleanup parties

A group of volunteers are spreading joy in Ukraine by organizing cleanup parties. Young Ukrainians blast music and dance as they clean the debris of obliterated homes.

05:03

14 Oct 22

The U.N. votes to condemn Russia's attempts to annex parts of Ukraine

Russia looks increasingly isolated on the world stage. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Russia's attempted annexation of Ukrainian territory and called on it to reverse the move.

The U.N. votes to condemn Russia's attempts to annex parts of Ukraine

Russia looks increasingly isolated on the world stage. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Russia's attempted annexation of Ukrainian territory and called on it to reverse the move.

02:01

13 Oct 22

An 11-year-old girl was among the casualties in Russia's strikes across Ukraine

Thousands of civilians have been killed in the war in Ukraine. Nasta Grycenko was among Monday's casualties after Russia hit areas across Ukraine. Her father says she shouldn't be a statistic.

An 11-year-old girl was among the casualties in Russia's strikes across Ukraine

Thousands of civilians have been killed in the war in Ukraine. Nasta Grycenko was among Monday's casualties after Russia hit areas across Ukraine. Her father says she shouldn't be a statistic.

06:39

11 Oct 22

Here's what to know about the Nobel Peace Prize winners

The winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize are recognized, the Nobel Committee said, for years of protecting the fundamental rights of citizens in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Here's what to know about the Nobel Peace Prize winners

The winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize are recognized, the Nobel Committee said, for years of protecting the fundamental rights of citizens in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

07:24

7 Oct 22

The differences between what Russia and Ukraine say is happening on the ground

Russia says it is claiming parts of Ukraine, but facts on the ground say otherwise. Ukrainian troops continue a counteroffensive in the country's south and east that is upending the Kremlin's plans.

The differences between what Russia and Ukraine say is happening on the ground

Russia says it is claiming parts of Ukraine, but facts on the ground say otherwise. Ukrainian troops continue a counteroffensive in the country's south and east that is upending the Kremlin's plans.

08:06

6 Oct 22

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has stopped all foreign adoptions of Ukrainian children

Dozens of American parents who were in the process of adopting children from Ukraine are stuck in limbo as the war with Russia grinds on with no end in sight.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has stopped all foreign adoptions of Ukrainian children

Dozens of American parents who were in the process of adopting children from Ukraine are stuck in limbo as the war with Russia grinds on with no end in sight.

04:52

5 Oct 22

How likely is a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is again raising the possibility of such an attack. Experts said the likelihood still remains low, though risks are rising.

How likely is a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is again raising the possibility of such an attack. Experts said the likelihood still remains low, though risks are rising.

03:49

4 Oct 22

How Russian forces lost control of the Ukrainian railway hub of Lyman

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the key railway hub is under his country's control. Russian forces had been using the rail lines to resupply their troops farther south in Ukraine.

How Russian forces lost control of the Ukrainian railway hub of Lyman

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the key railway hub is under his country's control. Russian forces had been using the rail lines to resupply their troops farther south in Ukraine.

03:30

3 Oct 22

How Russia's illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions could change the war

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Russia annexing four Ukrainian territories and how that could escalate the war.

How Russia's illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions could change the war

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Andrew Weiss of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Russia annexing four Ukrainian territories and how that could escalate the war.

04:51

30 Sep 22

Moscow prepares to annex 4 Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to PBS NewsHour's Simon Ostrovsky about what the earlier annexation of Crimea might suggest for what happens now for the next areas Russia is trying to annex.

Moscow prepares to annex 4 Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to PBS NewsHour's Simon Ostrovsky about what the earlier annexation of Crimea might suggest for what happens now for the next areas Russia is trying to annex.

05:03

29 Sep 22

Russia claims its occupied territories in Ukraine voted to become part of Russia

Final results from so-called referendums in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine indicate overwhelming support for joining the Russian Federation. The voting is widely condemned as a sham.

Russia claims its occupied territories in Ukraine voted to become part of Russia

Final results from so-called referendums in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine indicate overwhelming support for joining the Russian Federation. The voting is widely condemned as a sham.

03:46

28 Sep 22

Results of sham annexation votes in 4 occupied regions of Ukraine may be known soon

NPR's A Martinez talks to Thomas de Waal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Russian-organized annexation votes that Ukraine's allies say violate international law.

Results of sham annexation votes in 4 occupied regions of Ukraine may be known soon

NPR's A Martinez talks to Thomas de Waal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Russian-organized annexation votes that Ukraine's allies say violate international law.

06:15

27 Sep 22

What meaningful action could the United Nations take to help Ukraine?

As the U.N. General Assembly comes to a close, NPR's Leila Fadel asks Yale law professor Oona Hathaway how nations can unite in responding to Russia for its war against Ukraine.

What meaningful action could the United Nations take to help Ukraine?

As the U.N. General Assembly comes to a close, NPR's Leila Fadel asks Yale law professor Oona Hathaway how nations can unite in responding to Russia for its war against Ukraine.

04:27

26 Sep 22

Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine begin illegal referendums

Referendums began in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine today. The voting is illegal under both Ukrainian and international law. But that hasn't stopped Moscow from going through with it.

Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine begin illegal referendums

Referendums began in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine today. The voting is illegal under both Ukrainian and international law. But that hasn't stopped Moscow from going through with it.

03:34

23 Sep 22

What Putin's partial mobilization announcement means for Ukraine

NPR's A Martinez talks to retired Col. Mark Cancian about what Putin's partial mobilization of the Russian military and attempts to annex Ukrainian territory tell us about the next phase of the war.

What Putin's partial mobilization announcement means for Ukraine

NPR's A Martinez talks to retired Col. Mark Cancian about what Putin's partial mobilization of the Russian military and attempts to annex Ukrainian territory tell us about the next phase of the war.

04:41

22 Sep 22

Putin says Russia will mobilize up to 300,000 additional troops to fight in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will mobilize up to 300,000 additional troops to fight in Ukraine. Moscow appears poised to annex the Ukrainian territory it currently controls.

Putin says Russia will mobilize up to 300,000 additional troops to fight in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will mobilize up to 300,000 additional troops to fight in Ukraine. Moscow appears poised to annex the Ukrainian territory it currently controls.

05:59

21 Sep 22

Some Ukrainian towns are now liberated, but Russian forces left them in shambles

One Ukrainian woman planted flowers after Russia took over her town — to show she wasn't going anywhere. Now the Russian forces are gone and she and the town are trying to pick up the pieces.

Some Ukrainian towns are now liberated, but Russian forces left them in shambles

One Ukrainian woman planted flowers after Russia took over her town — to show she wasn't going anywhere. Now the Russian forces are gone and she and the town are trying to pick up the pieces.

04:35

21 Sep 22

President Biden discussed the war in Ukraine, China and climate change at UNGA

The war in Ukraine is dominating this year's general assembly. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the world body about newly discovered graves in formerly Russian occupied territory.

President Biden discussed the war in Ukraine, China and climate change at UNGA

The war in Ukraine is dominating this year's general assembly. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address the world body about newly discovered graves in formerly Russian occupied territory.

03:40

21 Sep 22

After 6 months of occupation, a small Ukrainian town has been liberated

The Ukrainian town of Balaklia was the first to be liberated as part of Ukraine's recent counteroffensive. The work to understand what happened there during six months of occupation is just beginning.

After 6 months of occupation, a small Ukrainian town has been liberated

The Ukrainian town of Balaklia was the first to be liberated as part of Ukraine's recent counteroffensive. The work to understand what happened there during six months of occupation is just beginning.

03:32

13 Sep 22

Ukrainian delegation rallies Washington for support

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Ukrainian activist Hanna Hopko about her efforts leading a civil society delegation in Washington trying to lobby lawmakers to send more aid and weapons to Ukraine.

Ukrainian delegation rallies Washington for support

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Ukrainian activist Hanna Hopko about her efforts leading a civil society delegation in Washington trying to lobby lawmakers to send more aid and weapons to Ukraine.

07:12

13 Sep 22

Zelenskyy's former spokesperson writes about working with the Ukrainian president

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with political adviser Iuliia Mendel about her book, The Fight of Our Lives: My Time with Zelenskyy, Ukraine's Battle for Democracy and What it Means for the World.

Zelenskyy's former spokesperson writes about working with the Ukrainian president

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with political adviser Iuliia Mendel about her book, The Fight of Our Lives: My Time with Zelenskyy, Ukraine's Battle for Democracy and What it Means for the World.

08:08

13 Sep 22

How Ukraine broke the stalemate with Russia

In a counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces have claimed swaths in the east of the country, dealing a heavy blow to Russian forces as the war marks 200 days.

How Ukraine broke the stalemate with Russia

In a counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces have claimed swaths in the east of the country, dealing a heavy blow to Russian forces as the war marks 200 days.

04:15

12 Sep 22

Ukrainians celebrate as troops make gains

Ukrainians react to the gains made by Ukrainian forces in a military offensive carried out in recent days.

Ukrainians celebrate as troops make gains

Ukrainians react to the gains made by Ukrainian forces in a military offensive carried out in recent days.

01:26

12 Sep 22

Here's why the risk of a nuclear accident in Ukraine has 'significantly increased'

The head of the world's atomic watchdog warned that the reactors at Zaporizhzhia might have to be shut down. That would start a clock ticking at the site.

Here's why the risk of a nuclear accident in Ukraine has 'significantly increased'

The head of the world's atomic watchdog warned that the reactors at Zaporizhzhia might have to be shut down. That would start a clock ticking at the site.

03:57

9 Sep 22

Blinken announces more security aid to Ukraine during a surprise visit

Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Thursday to announce more security aid to Ukraine.He was also there to signal support as Ukraine tries to push back Russian forces.

Blinken announces more security aid to Ukraine during a surprise visit

Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Thursday to announce more security aid to Ukraine.He was also there to signal support as Ukraine tries to push back Russian forces.

02:58

8 Sep 22

Is Africa being held hostage in the politics of grain wars?

The first shipment of Ukrainian grain arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday. But the delivery — six truckloads — is just a fraction of what is needed across the entire continent.

Is Africa being held hostage in the politics of grain wars?

The first shipment of Ukrainian grain arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday. But the delivery — six truckloads — is just a fraction of what is needed across the entire continent.

03:41

7 Sep 22

These groups are working to help the animals affected by the war in Ukraine

Six months into the war in Ukraine, thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced. Four-legged Ukrainians are also suffering, but there are groups working to help the animals.

These groups are working to help the animals affected by the war in Ukraine

Six months into the war in Ukraine, thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced. Four-legged Ukrainians are also suffering, but there are groups working to help the animals.

03:50

7 Sep 22

An economic perfect storm is battering emerging markets. Debt crises loom

With a strengthening dollar and rising commodity prices, developing nations are having a hard time paying their debts.

An economic perfect storm is battering emerging markets. Debt crises loom

With a strengthening dollar and rising commodity prices, developing nations are having a hard time paying their debts.

04:28

6 Sep 22

U.N. calls for demilitarized zone around nuclear plant in Ukraine

The United Nations is calling for a demilitarized zone around a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

U.N. calls for demilitarized zone around nuclear plant in Ukraine

The United Nations is calling for a demilitarized zone around a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

04:41

6 Sep 22

U.N. inspectors arrive at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine

A team of nuclear inspectors from the United Nations has made its way to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Southern Ukraine.

U.N. inspectors arrive at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine

A team of nuclear inspectors from the United Nations has made its way to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Southern Ukraine.

03:31

2 Sep 22

Fukushima could provide insight into a potential nuclear disaster in Ukraine

Some experts fear the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, could meltdown in a way similar to what happened in Fukushima, Japan, over a decade ago. What would that look like in a war zone?

Fukushima could provide insight into a potential nuclear disaster in Ukraine

Some experts fear the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, could meltdown in a way similar to what happened in Fukushima, Japan, over a decade ago. What would that look like in a war zone?

04:30

31 Aug 22

This Ukrainian grandmother is rebelling against the war-time beach ban

In Ukraine's most popular summer destination, a 90-year-old grandmother encourages a rebellion against a war-time beach ban, swimming despite the threat of fines – and floating mines.

This Ukrainian grandmother is rebelling against the war-time beach ban

In Ukraine's most popular summer destination, a 90-year-old grandmother encourages a rebellion against a war-time beach ban, swimming despite the threat of fines – and floating mines.

03:52

31 Aug 22

Revisiting Ukraine's front line in Slovyansk

The government has sent evacuation orders to Ukraine's Donbas region but many remain. One sparsely open city has become a hub for Ukrainian military members taking a break from the front line.

Revisiting Ukraine's front line in Slovyansk

The government has sent evacuation orders to Ukraine's Donbas region but many remain. One sparsely open city has become a hub for Ukrainian military members taking a break from the front line.

04:14

30 Aug 22

Why the U.S. cares about the war in Ukraine

Six months into the war in Ukraine, why should the U.S. continue to care and spend billions of dollars on the war when Europe is so ambivalent? And what do U.S. officials see as the end game?

Why the U.S. cares about the war in Ukraine

Six months into the war in Ukraine, why should the U.S. continue to care and spend billions of dollars on the war when Europe is so ambivalent? And what do U.S. officials see as the end game?

03:52

26 Aug 22

What are the longterm implications of the U.S. sending military supplies to Ukraine?

The Pentagon is ramping up its support of Ukraine in its war against Russia. The Defense Department is sending another $3 billion to Ukraine. That brings total U.S. aid to more than $13 billion.

What are the longterm implications of the U.S. sending military supplies to Ukraine?

The Pentagon is ramping up its support of Ukraine in its war against Russia. The Defense Department is sending another $3 billion to Ukraine. That brings total U.S. aid to more than $13 billion.

03:20

25 Aug 22

6 months of war: The view from the frontlines

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ukrainian politician Volodymyr Omelyan, who left his job and family, and has been fighting against the Russians on the frontlines for the last six months.

6 months of war: The view from the frontlines

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ukrainian politician Volodymyr Omelyan, who left his job and family, and has been fighting against the Russians on the frontlines for the last six months.

07:16

24 Aug 22

Six months into the Russia-Ukraine war, how can we measure the loss of life?

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Matilda Bogner, head of the United Nations Human Rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, about whether death tolls in Russia's war on Ukraine have been underestimated.

Six months into the Russia-Ukraine war, how can we measure the loss of life?

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Matilda Bogner, head of the United Nations Human Rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, about whether death tolls in Russia's war on Ukraine have been underestimated.

04:36

23 Aug 22

Kyiv hosts a different kind of parade to celebrate Ukraine's independence day

Aug. 24 marks the day when Ukraine's parliament vowed to separate from the Soviet Union in 1991. The date this year will also mark six months since Russia's invasion began.

Kyiv hosts a different kind of parade to celebrate Ukraine's independence day

Aug. 24 marks the day when Ukraine's parliament vowed to separate from the Soviet Union in 1991. The date this year will also mark six months since Russia's invasion began.

03:44

22 Aug 22

Russia's war in Ukraine pushes Ukrainian steel production to the brink

The Russian invasion has taken a toll on Ukrainian metalworks — the country's second-largest industry — and there's still no deal to ship iron and steel products to customers.

Russia's war in Ukraine pushes Ukrainian steel production to the brink

The Russian invasion has taken a toll on Ukrainian metalworks — the country's second-largest industry — and there's still no deal to ship iron and steel products to customers.

04:33

19 Aug 22

How a journalist and an aspiring writer in Ukraine grew while working on a news site

A local journalist in small town New York and an aspiring writer in Eastern Ukraine discovered they had a lot more to learn from each other than either expected.

How a journalist and an aspiring writer in Ukraine grew while working on a news site

A local journalist in small town New York and an aspiring writer in Eastern Ukraine discovered they had a lot more to learn from each other than either expected.

07:59

18 Aug 22

Europe's largest nuclear power plant is at risk

NPR's Juana Summers talks with Olena Pareniuk of the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine about the threat to the Zaporizhzhia power plant.

Europe's largest nuclear power plant is at risk

NPR's Juana Summers talks with Olena Pareniuk of the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine about the threat to the Zaporizhzhia power plant.

04:05

17 Aug 22

What it was like as family of Ukrainian prisoners of war waited for news after blast

The families of Ukrainian soldiers imprisoned by Russian forces have embarked on a desperate search for information after a deadly explosion at the prison where the soldiers are kept.

What it was like as family of Ukrainian prisoners of war waited for news after blast

The families of Ukrainian soldiers imprisoned by Russian forces have embarked on a desperate search for information after a deadly explosion at the prison where the soldiers are kept.

07:17

16 Aug 22

The war in Ukraine is disrupting the world's supply of neon

A growing shortage for neon is driving up its prices by 5000%. Neon production became highly concentrated in post-Soviet states, such as Ukraine and Russia. The world is paying for that concentration.

The war in Ukraine is disrupting the world's supply of neon

A growing shortage for neon is driving up its prices by 5000%. Neon production became highly concentrated in post-Soviet states, such as Ukraine and Russia. The world is paying for that concentration.

03:52

12 Aug 22

Violence has damaged infrastructure near a Ukraine power plant, sparking safety fears

Concern is growing over damage to a Ukrainian nuclear facility seized by Russians in March, which is reportedly currently under bombardment. Ukraine is seeking an international mission to the plant.

Violence has damaged infrastructure near a Ukraine power plant, sparking safety fears

Concern is growing over damage to a Ukrainian nuclear facility seized by Russians in March, which is reportedly currently under bombardment. Ukraine is seeking an international mission to the plant.

03:41

10 Aug 22

Violence has damaged infrastructure near a Ukraine power plant, sparking safety fears

Concern is growing over damage to a Ukrainian nuclear facility seized by Russians in March, which is reportedly currently under bombardment. Ukraine is seeking an international mission to the plant.

Violence has damaged infrastructure near a Ukraine power plant, sparking safety fears

Concern is growing over damage to a Ukrainian nuclear facility seized by Russians in March, which is reportedly currently under bombardment. Ukraine is seeking an international mission to the plant.

03:41

8 Aug 22

Ukraine condemns Amnesty International report that troops were too close to civilians

Amnesty International has criticized Ukraine for setting up military bases in residential areas. Ukrainian officials say It's Russian forces that are putting Ukrainian civilians lives in jeopardy.

Ukraine condemns Amnesty International report that troops were too close to civilians

Amnesty International has criticized Ukraine for setting up military bases in residential areas. Ukrainian officials say It's Russian forces that are putting Ukrainian civilians lives in jeopardy.

02:55

4 Aug 22

A retired ISS commander weighs in on Russia's decision to leave

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Terry Virts, retired NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, about Russia's decision to leave the ISS after 2024.

A retired ISS commander weighs in on Russia's decision to leave

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Terry Virts, retired NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, about Russia's decision to leave the ISS after 2024.

04:59

3 Aug 22

Turkey's President Erdogan is set to meet with Putin again — and has some requests

Turkey is part of NATO and keeps close ties with the West, but its president is on the way to Russia with some very specific requests.

Turkey's President Erdogan is set to meet with Putin again — and has some requests

Turkey is part of NATO and keeps close ties with the West, but its president is on the way to Russia with some very specific requests.

03:08

3 Aug 22

'Vogue' cover of Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska sparks debate and controversy

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska was criticized for not looking ladylike in a recent Vogue photoshoot. Her supporters pushed back, creating an online campaign asking what it means to #SitLikeAGirl.

'Vogue' cover of Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska sparks debate and controversy

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska was criticized for not looking ladylike in a recent Vogue photoshoot. Her supporters pushed back, creating an online campaign asking what it means to #SitLikeAGirl.

03:29

2 Aug 22

Ukraine's army is waging its 1st major offensive against Russia to retake Kherson

Could Ukraine's army retake the strategic southern city of Kherson? Officers and soldiers near the front line say the counter-offensive is already underway.

Ukraine's army is waging its 1st major offensive against Russia to retake Kherson

Could Ukraine's army retake the strategic southern city of Kherson? Officers and soldiers near the front line say the counter-offensive is already underway.

07:38

2 Aug 22

Resuming Ukrainian grain exports may help reduce food insecurity in the Middle East

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Corinne Fleischer, the World Food Programme's Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe regional director, about what grain shipments from Ukraine means for some areas.

Resuming Ukrainian grain exports may help reduce food insecurity in the Middle East

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Corinne Fleischer, the World Food Programme's Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe regional director, about what grain shipments from Ukraine means for some areas.

04:48

1 Aug 22

For the 1st time since Russia invaded, ships are set to depart Ukraine with grain

In Odessa, Ukraine is trying to launch ships filled with grain as part of deals brokered to address a global food shortage. Its ports have been closed since Russia invaded more than five months ago.

For the 1st time since Russia invaded, ships are set to depart Ukraine with grain

In Odessa, Ukraine is trying to launch ships filled with grain as part of deals brokered to address a global food shortage. Its ports have been closed since Russia invaded more than five months ago.

02:05

29 Jul 22

Concerns around shipping Ukrainian grain

What it would actually take to send out Ukrainian grain. They need to bring in minesweepers, figure out shipping companies to use, assure no more missile attacks, sort out danger pay, and lots more.

Concerns around shipping Ukrainian grain

What it would actually take to send out Ukrainian grain. They need to bring in minesweepers, figure out shipping companies to use, assure no more missile attacks, sort out danger pay, and lots more.

03:34

28 Jul 22

Brittney Griner testifies about her medical marijuana prescription and chaotic arrest

The WNBA star took the stand in Russian court Wednesday to explain why she had vape cartridges in the first place, how they ended up in her luggage and what happened after they were discovered.

Brittney Griner testifies about her medical marijuana prescription and chaotic arrest

The WNBA star took the stand in Russian court Wednesday to explain why she had vape cartridges in the first place, how they ended up in her luggage and what happened after they were discovered.

02:07

27 Jul 22

The EU has agreed to cut gas consumption by 15% in order to reduce reliance on Russia

Russia's gas company Gazprom has once again reduced the flow of natural gas to Europe. To counter that move, the EU has agreed to reduce its gas usage by 15%. But that's easier said than done.

The EU has agreed to cut gas consumption by 15% in order to reduce reliance on Russia

Russia's gas company Gazprom has once again reduced the flow of natural gas to Europe. To counter that move, the EU has agreed to reduce its gas usage by 15%. But that's easier said than done.

02:19

26 Jul 22

Russia to quit the ISS after 2024

Russia says it will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024. This echoes intentions previously set by Russia and comes amid tensions with the U.S. and the West over the war in Ukraine.

Russia to quit the ISS after 2024

Russia says it will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024. This echoes intentions previously set by Russia and comes amid tensions with the U.S. and the West over the war in Ukraine.

02:15

26 Jul 22

Rep. Elissa Slotkin on her visit to Ukraine and meeting with President Zelenskyy

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., about her trip to Ukraine with a bipartisan Congressional delegation and meeting with President Zelenskyy.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin on her visit to Ukraine and meeting with President Zelenskyy

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., about her trip to Ukraine with a bipartisan Congressional delegation and meeting with President Zelenskyy.

07:02

25 Jul 22

Ukraine and Russia agree to a new deal focused on grain shipments

Ukraine and Russia agreed to a UN-brokered deal on grain shipments out of the Black Sea that Turkey will oversee. The food supplies are badly needed around the globe.

Ukraine and Russia agree to a new deal focused on grain shipments

Ukraine and Russia agreed to a UN-brokered deal on grain shipments out of the Black Sea that Turkey will oversee. The food supplies are badly needed around the globe.

03:26

22 Jul 22

A man must decide to flee Ukraine to join his family or stay to care for his parents

A Ukrainian man is being forced to choose between the two: a wife and three children who have fled the country and aging parents who are trapped behind enemy lines.

A man must decide to flee Ukraine to join his family or stay to care for his parents

A Ukrainian man is being forced to choose between the two: a wife and three children who have fled the country and aging parents who are trapped behind enemy lines.

02:53

20 Jul 22

Kharkiv is finding a new normal as residents return to work — despite missile strikes

As the war in Ukraine nears its sixth month, people in the northeastern city of Kharkiv are finding a new normal. Construction crews are cleaning up bombed buildings and people are returning to work.

Kharkiv is finding a new normal as residents return to work — despite missile strikes

As the war in Ukraine nears its sixth month, people in the northeastern city of Kharkiv are finding a new normal. Construction crews are cleaning up bombed buildings and people are returning to work.

04:17

19 Jul 22

Riding Ukraine's last train line out of Donbas with families fleeing for their lives

Russia is fighting to conquer the entire Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. To help civilians escape, the Ukrainian railway runs a free evacuation train out of the east. Here's what it's like.

Riding Ukraine's last train line out of Donbas with families fleeing for their lives

Russia is fighting to conquer the entire Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. To help civilians escape, the Ukrainian railway runs a free evacuation train out of the east. Here's what it's like.

04:39

18 Jul 22

Chechen soldiers join Ukraine's fight against Russia

Soldiers from Chechnya, a Muslim territory, are part of the foreign fight against Russia in Ukraine. Russia brutally suppressed them in two wars, and their presence echoes old hatreds in Ukraine.

Chechen soldiers join Ukraine's fight against Russia

Soldiers from Chechnya, a Muslim territory, are part of the foreign fight against Russia in Ukraine. Russia brutally suppressed them in two wars, and their presence echoes old hatreds in Ukraine.

03:23

15 Jul 22

A Russian strike on a humanitarian hub is part of a pattern, Ukrainian officials say

More than 20 people were killed when Russian missiles hit several buildings in Vinnytsia, a central city that has become a major logistical hub for humanitarian aid and military operations.

A Russian strike on a humanitarian hub is part of a pattern, Ukrainian officials say

More than 20 people were killed when Russian missiles hit several buildings in Vinnytsia, a central city that has become a major logistical hub for humanitarian aid and military operations.

03:56

14 Jul 22

Many soldiers in Ukraine will long be left with the mental toll of trench warfare

The brutal trench warfare-style fighting happening in eastern Ukraine is traumatizing soldiers. There are concerns in Ukraine about the psychological legacy it will leave behind.

Many soldiers in Ukraine will long be left with the mental toll of trench warfare

The brutal trench warfare-style fighting happening in eastern Ukraine is traumatizing soldiers. There are concerns in Ukraine about the psychological legacy it will leave behind.

05:23

14 Jul 22

Ukrainian rail service adds a special train to get people out of Donbas

Russia is pounding eastern Ukraine as it tries to consolidate its control of the entire Donbas region. To help get people the out, the Ukrainian rail service has added a special train from the Donbas.

Ukrainian rail service adds a special train to get people out of Donbas

Russia is pounding eastern Ukraine as it tries to consolidate its control of the entire Donbas region. To help get people the out, the Ukrainian rail service has added a special train from the Donbas.

04:39

12 Jul 22

Japan is examining its security and defense policy as Russia continues war in Ukraine

Shinzo Abe, former Japanese prime minister who was killed July 11, championed for more robust defense and security policies. With current world events, those ideas are increasingly important in Japan.

Japan is examining its security and defense policy as Russia continues war in Ukraine

Shinzo Abe, former Japanese prime minister who was killed July 11, championed for more robust defense and security policies. With current world events, those ideas are increasingly important in Japan.

04:00

11 Jul 22

A new reality reverberates through Russia's music scene

Canceled concerts, lawsuits, existential turmoil. As Russia has cracked down on anti-war speech, the country's music scene reaches a particularly high pitch.

A new reality reverberates through Russia's music scene

Canceled concerts, lawsuits, existential turmoil. As Russia has cracked down on anti-war speech, the country's music scene reaches a particularly high pitch.

04:59

11 Jul 22

One man's efforts to lighten the spirits of displaced children in western Ukraine

In a western Ukraine town that's refuge to people from the war in the east, a clown who is a refugee himself tries to keep up children's spirits.

One man's efforts to lighten the spirits of displaced children in western Ukraine

In a western Ukraine town that's refuge to people from the war in the east, a clown who is a refugee himself tries to keep up children's spirits.

03:34

8 Jul 22

Zelenskyy has consolidated Ukraine's TV outlets and dissolved rival political parties

President Zelenskyy has consolidated all TV platforms in Ukraine into one state broadcast and restricted political rivals. Political opposition fears such civil liberty constraints could continue.

Zelenskyy has consolidated Ukraine's TV outlets and dissolved rival political parties

President Zelenskyy has consolidated all TV platforms in Ukraine into one state broadcast and restricted political rivals. Political opposition fears such civil liberty constraints could continue.

05:07

8 Jul 22

The Russian army appears close to taking the entire Donbas region

Russian troops have taken Luhansk and are headed for Donetsk, pounding cities along the way. When Donetsk falls, which seems likely, Putin will have "liberated the Donbas." But will he be satisfied?

The Russian army appears close to taking the entire Donbas region

Russian troops have taken Luhansk and are headed for Donetsk, pounding cities along the way. When Donetsk falls, which seems likely, Putin will have "liberated the Donbas." But will he be satisfied?

03:37

7 Jul 22

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