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Ukraine War Diaries.
‘Life in a war zone.’

From the producers of Storycast - Sky News' documentary podcast.

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Ukraine War Diaries.
‘Life in a war zone.’

From the producers of Storycast - Sky News' documentary podcast.

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK13 - War waiters, fresh starts & a memory sent from Poland (June 13-17)

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK13 - War waiters, fresh starts & a memory sent from Poland (June 13-17)

    Against the backdrop of fierce fighting in the east and a growing feeling that international interest in Ukraine's plight is now waning, Seva experiences a surreal dining experience in a Kyiv now flip-flopping between conflict and a strange kind of normal.
    Meanwhile, Oksana hears from two friends who fled to Canada and Belgium respectively, about the challenges of starting again in a new country.
    And an unexpected parcel from Poland stirs up old feelings for Ilyas.

    BACKGROUND-
    Oksana, 34, works in overseas education. She lives with her husband, Seva, in an apartment complex in central Kyiv and has remained in the Ukrainian capital since the war started.
    Many of Oksana’s closest friends have left the country to begin new lives in Europe. Some may never return. She’s determined to stay.

    Ilyas is an IT specialist and married father who fled from Kyiv to Lviv shortly after the war started. Right now his wife Natalia, and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    As of June 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various projects.


    Seva, 40, is a company CEO and husband to Oksana. Before the war, he travelled across Europe for business. Now, he makes regular supply drops of medical aid and rations to Ukrainian troops on the front line in Eastern Ukraine. He’s originally from a small village near Dnipro.

    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.

    Week 13 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.

    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    CREDITS-
    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production Support/Editing - Paul Stanworth

    Ukraine War Diaries returns in July.

    • 12 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: WK12 - Unexpected escapes, broken hearts & playgrounds (June 7-11)

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK12 - Unexpected escapes, broken hearts & playgrounds (June 7-11)

    In Kyiv, Oksana finds a bittersweet escape from the war.
    In Poland, Ilyas’ wife, Natalia speaks for the first time about her experiences as a refugee trying to make a functional life for her and her children, alone.
    Meanwhile Ilyas, writes something of a love letter to his wife Natalia and the two sons he still cannot see.

    BACKGROUND-
    Oksana, 34, works in overseas education. She lives with her husband, Seva, in an apartment complex in central Kyiv and has remained in the Ukrainian capital since the war started.
    Many of Oksana’s closest friends have left the country to begin new lives in Europe. Some may never return. She’s determined to stay.

    Ilyas is an IT specialist and married father who fled from Kyiv to Lviv shortly after the war started. Right now his wife Natalia, and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    As of June 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on specialist projects.

    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.

    Week 12 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note and first published on the Ukraine War Diaries podcast feed. To follow this series when it broadcasts, on weekdays, subscribe to Ukraine War Diaries wherever you get your podcasts.

    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    CREDITS-
    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production Support/Editing - Paul Stanworth

    • 10 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: WK11 - War/Life balance, Chainsaws & the Queen (May 29-3 June)

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK11 - War/Life balance, Chainsaws & the Queen (May 29-3 June)

    Ilyas seeks an escape from the war.
    Seva begins to prepare for a long and protracted conflict.
    And Oksana explains the Queen's popularity in Ukraine.

    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.

    BACKGROUND -
    Ilyas is an IT specialist and married father who fled from Kyiv to Lviv shortly after the war started. Right now his wife and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    As of May 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on specialist projects.

    Oksana, 34, works in overseas education. She lives with her husband, Seva, in an apartment complex in central Kyiv and has remained in the Ukrainian capital since the war started.
    Many of Oksana’s closest friends have left the country to begin new lives in Europe. Some may never return. She’s determined to stay.

    Seva, 40, is a company CEO and husband to Oksana. Before the war, he travelled across Europe for business. Now, he makes regular supply drops of medical aid and rations to Ukrainian troops on the front line in Eastern Ukraine. He’s originally from a small village near Dnipro.

    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.

    Week 11 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note and first published on the Ukraine War Diaries podcast feed. To follow this series when it broadcasts, on weekdays, subscribe to Ukraine War Diaries wherever you get your podcasts.

    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    CREDITS-
    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production Support/Editing - Paul Stanworth

    • 9 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: WK10 - Ilyas, Seva Oksana - our lives before the war (May 23-27)

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK10 - Ilyas, Seva Oksana - our lives before the war (May 23-27)

    It’s more than three months since Russian forces invaded Ukraine, changing millions of lives, including those of Ilyas Verdiev, Oksana and Seva Goshel, forever.
    In that time, Ilyas, Oksana and Seva have shared intimate insights into how war has redefined their priorities and their lives.
    But what did a typical day in their lives, and life in Ukraine, look like before the Russian invasion?
    This special episode features a Ukraine that never made the news because the country had yet to be consumed by war.
     
    BACKGROUND
     
    Ilyas is an IT specialist and married father who fled from Kyiv to Lviv shortly after the war started. His wife and two young sons are now taking refuge in Poland.
    As of May 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on specialist projects.
     
    Oksana, 34, works in overseas education. She lives with her husband, Seva, in an apartment complex in central Kyiv and has remained in the Ukrainian capital since the war started. 
    Many of Oksana’s closest friends have left the country to begin new lives in Europe. Some may never return. She’s determined to stay.
     
    Seva, 40, is a company CEO and husband to Oksana. Before the war, he travelled across Europe for business. Now, he makes regular supply drops of medical aid and rations to Ukrainian troops in Eastern Ukraine. He’s originally from a small village near Dnipro.
     
    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.
     
    Week 10 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice notes and first published on the Ukraine War Diaries podcast feed. To follow this series when it broadcasts, on weekdays, subscribe to Ukraine War Diaries wherever you get your podcasts.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    CREDITS
    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production Support/Editing - Paul Stanworth

    • 13 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: WK9 - War toys, home invasions & crowd funding a helicopter (May 16-20)

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK9 - War toys, home invasions & crowd funding a helicopter (May 16-20)

    Ilyas old life and his new normal collide when he tries to sources toys for his sons birthdays.
    Oksana continues to come to terms with a Russian home invasion in Hostomel.
    And Seva receives a letter of gratitude from the front line after using online crowd funding to secure vital military equipment.

    BACKGROUND

    Ilyas is an IT specialist and married father who fled from Kyiv to Lviv shortly after the war started. Right now his wife and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    As of May 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on specialist projects.

    Oksana, 34, works in overseas education. She lives with her husband, Seva, in an apartment complex in central Kyiv and has remained in the Ukrainian capital since the war started.
    Many of Oksana’s closest friends have left the country to begin new lives in Europe. Some may never return. She’s determined to stay.

    Seva, 40, is a company CEO and husband to Oksana. Before the war, he travelled across Europe for business. Now, he makes regular supply drops of medical aid and rations to Ukrainian troops on the front line in Eastern Ukraine. He’s originally from a small village near Dnipro.

    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.

    Week 9 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice notes and first published on the Ukraine War Diaries podcast feed. To follow this series when it broadcasts, on weekdays, subscribe to Ukraine War Diaries wherever you get your podcasts.

    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    CREDITS
    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production Support/Editing - Paul Stanworth

    • 14 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: WK 8 - Lost boys, birthdays & Eurovision banter (May 9-13)

    Ukraine War Diaries: WK 8 - Lost boys, birthdays & Eurovision banter (May 9-13)

    In Lviv, Ilyas is reunited with his wife and sons for the first time since they fled to Poland.
    In Kyiv Oksana reflects on how war has wiped birthdays from her social calendar.
    And in Eastern Ukraine, Seva makes a resupply of medical aid to soldiers waiting to be sent to the frontline. Here, he finds a band of brothers in buoyant mood, despite the possibility some may never return.

    Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate day-to-day perspective of life in a war zone.

    BACKGROUND -
    Ilyas is an IT specialist and married father who fled from Kyiv to Lviv shortly after the war started. His wife and two young sons are now in Poland.
    As of May 2022, Ilyas has returned alone to Kyiv. He’s living in the family apartment and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on specialist projects.

    Oksana, 34, works in overseas education and is married. She lives with her husband, Seva, in an apartment complex in Kyiv and has remained in the Ukrainian capital since the war started.
    Oksana has adopted an abandoned budgie but many of her closest friends have left the country to begin new lives in Europe. Some may never returned. Her determination has always been to stay.

    Seva, 40, is a company CEO and husband to Oksana. In another life Seva travelled across Europe for business. Now, he makes regular resupply drops of medical aid and rations to Ukrainian troops on the frontline in Eastern Ukraine. He’s originally from a small village near Dnipro.

    Week 8 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice notes and first published on the Ukraine War Diaries podcast feed. To follow this series when it broadcasts, on weekdays, subscribe to Ukraine War Diaries wherever you get your podcasts.

    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production support - Paul Stanworth

    • 12 min

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