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We unpick Putin’s warnings that he’s willing to use all means at his disposal

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We unpick Putin’s warnings that he’s willing to use all means at his disposal

    Will Russia use nuclear weapons?

    Will Russia use nuclear weapons?

    BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner answers Ukrainecast listeners’ questions about the likelihood of Moscow using nuclear weapons, as the Russian army continues to suffer losses on the battlefield.

    And we hear from Vyacheslav Zadorenko who, together with Ukrainian forces, liberated his native village - and his mum - after seven months of Russian occupation.

    And BBC Russian’s Olga Ivshina joins Victoria and Frank to discuss the future of Crimea and lasting divisions in Ukraine’s occupied areas.

    Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Frank Gardner.

    The series producer is Estelle Doyle. The producers are Ivana Davidovic, Arsenii Sokolov and Luke Radcliff. The technical producer, Emma Crowe. The assistant editor, Alison Gee. And the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall. Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480.

    • 34 min
    Russia makes claims, Ukraine makes gains

    Russia makes claims, Ukraine makes gains

    While the Russian parliament proudly voted through its disputed annexations, the Ukrainian counter-offensive has been continuing, including the symbolic recapturing of the key eastern town of Lyman.

    The BBC’s defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, who’s just returned to the frontline in the Donbas, gives us his verdict on another dramatic turn of events in the country.
     
    Russian political scientist and anti-war campaigner Grigory Yudin talks to us from Moscow and explains what impact the military developments are having on public opinion there.
     
    And the BBC’s Ruth Clegg updates us on her investigation into the lives of disabled people in Ukraine after she was invited to give evidence at the United Nations in Geneva.
     
    This episode of Ukrainecast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Ivana Davidovic, Louise Hidalgo and Luke Radcliff. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
     
    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480.

    • 32 min
    Deconstructing that Putin speech

    Deconstructing that Putin speech

    In a defiant speech, Vladimir Putin declared four areas of Ukraine as Russian. Ukraine has responded by asking Nato to speed up giving it membership of the US-led defence alliance.
    Will Vernon, from the BBC Moscow bureau, sends us a dispatch from the Red Square, where a concert is being held to ‘celebrate’ the annexations. And Vitaly Sevchenko and Victoria Derbyshire are joined by Moscow based political scientist, Andrey Kortunov to unpick the events of the day and discuss what might happen next.

    Also, local officials say at least 30 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a Russian rocket strike on a civilian convoy in south Ukraine in Zaporizhzhia. BBC Ukraine correspondent, James Waterhouse is at the scene of attack.

    And BBC Ukrainian Irena Taranyuk hears from a teacher in Melitopol who chose to stay after Russian occupation and now annexation. He tells her how he plans to hide to avoid mobilisation.

    The series producer is Estelle Doyle. The producers are Ivana Davidovic and Arsenii Sokolov. The planning producer, Louise Hidalgo. The technical producer, Emma Crowe. The editor, Jonathan Aspinwall.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480.

    • 31 min
    Nord Stream leaks: Sabotage?

    Nord Stream leaks: Sabotage?

    The EU believes leaks in the two Nord Stream two gas pipelines from Russia were caused deliberately. Patricia Lewis, who specialises in International Security, gives Lucy and Irena her take on the situation and explains how Europe might respond.

    Moscow says four occupied areas of Ukraine have voted overwhelmingly in favour of becoming part of Russia. Ukraine and its allies have denounced the referendums as a total sham, but could people living there now be told to fight in the Russian army against Ukrainians?

    Also, we hear from a warehouse worker in St Petersburg who says he can’t afford to leave Russia and would rather go to prison than be sent to fight in Ukraine.

    And Olga Sekliy, a paramedic in Kharkiv, describes the shocking injuries she’s seen while rescuing people injured in the shelling.

    The series producer is Estelle Doyle. The producers are Ivana Davidovic and Arsenii Sokolov. The planning producer, Louise Hidalgo. The technical producers, Emma Crowe and Neil Churchill. The assistant editor is Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480.

    • 31 min
    Are the Russian protests growing?

    Are the Russian protests growing?

    There have been protests in Russia over President Putin’s partial mobilisation plans, and an officer at a recruitment centre has been shot. The BBC’s Will Vernon in Moscow tells Lucy and Irena what people in Russia are saying to him, and Rayhan Demytrie in Tbilisi talks to some of the people crossing the border into Georgia.

    At the weekend, former US marine Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh returned home - he had been fighting in Ukraine when he was captured by Russian forces. He was released as part of last week’s prisoner swap. His fiancée Joy shares her relief that he’s now back home.

    And veteran journalist and author Misha Glenny tells us that Ukraine has rare earth metals worth trillions of dollars – resources that could be very valuable to Russia.

    This edition of Ukrainecast was made by Arsenii Sokolov, Ivana Davidovic and Louise Hidalgo. The technical producer is Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    • 33 min
    Fleeing the Call Up

    Fleeing the Call Up

    Men flee conscription into the army as referendums start in Russian occupied Ukraine.

    Victoria and Vitaliy take stock of an eventful week in the Ukraine war with Samantha De Bendern, a former NATO adviser and political risk consultant and former BBC Moscow correspondent, Daniel Sandford.

    And Vitaliy talks to Yulia Rubanova a violinist with the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra about her early life in Mariupol, her fears for her parents who were stranded there during Russian bombardment and how incredible it felt to play with her fellow countrymen on a world tour.

    Today’s episode was produced by Clare Williamson, Ivana Davidovic and Arsenii Sokolov. The planning producer is Louise Hidalgo. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

RichmondHillListener ,

Excellent Insights

I listen daily from Canada. The reporting and insights into the geopolitical dynamics of this war are excellent. I also value the on-the-ground stories which provide the human impact we need to understand. Please continue the good work throughout this conflict.

Inn4k9s ,

Great coverage by knowledgeable crew

Good onsight reporting and heartrending human stories. I haven't missed a broadcast from the beginning of this unfolding tragedy.

VillageCakeLady ,

Insightful excellence!!

I listen daily from Canada. The news and stories are on point, interesting & informative! They have a real human touch and understanding (as much as on can) of what is happening in & around Ukraine. Thank you! Keep up the amazing work!!

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