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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: EP18 - Law of the gun, the longest road & a new code (Aug 1-5)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP18 - Law of the gun, the longest road & a new code (Aug 1-5)

    Seva learns that his friend is quitting his job as a lawyer to become a full-time soldier.
    Returning by road from Belgium, Oksana dodges a series of air strikes.
    Meanwhile, Ilyas reveals how he and fellow Ukrainians are combating the Russian disinformation war.

    BACKGROUND

    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.

    Oksana, 35, 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. His wife Natalia, and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    As of August 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various 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 18 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer Rob Mulhern
    Editing Paul Stanworth
    Digital Promotion David Chipakupaku

    • 11 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: EP17 - Distant thunder, air raids & the therapy of tears (July 25-29)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP17 - Distant thunder, air raids & the therapy of tears (July 25-29)

    Despite being thousands of kilometres from Kyiv, war with Russia continues for the refugees who Oksana meets in Brussels.

    In Kyiv, recording in the middle of an air raid alert, Ilyas offers yet more insight into the war through the eyes of his grandmother — a survivor of World War II.

    And in Poland, Ilyas’ wife Natalia goes to therapy.

    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. His wife Natalia, and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    Ilyas is now back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various projects.
     
    Natalia is the wife of Ilyas. She fled to Poland with her two young sons then aged 4 and 1, at the beginning of the war. Her mother followed soon after.

    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 17 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer Rob Mulhern
    Editing Paul Stanworth

    • 10 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: EP16 - Green jeeps, cold chills & a new city view (July 18-22)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP16 - Green jeeps, cold chills & a new city view (July 18-22)

    Against the backdrop of further Russian advances in the east - and while returning from another mission - Seva reflects on a significant supply drop to the frontline.
    In Kyiv, despite soaring temperatures, |lyas begins to worry about the winter to come.
    Meanwhile, Oksana charts an emotional, and wandering, first journey beyond the borders of wartime Ukraine - recording this week’s diary from Brussels.

    BACKGROUND

    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.
     
    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 July 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various 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.

    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.
     
    EP16 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    Series producer: Robert Mulhern
    Editing: Paul Stanworth

    • 12 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: EP15 - Warrior citizens & when a girl ‘checks’ a nation (July 11-15)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP15 - Warrior citizens & when a girl ‘checks’ a nation (July 11-15)

    Ilyas wrestles with issues of personal and national identity while at the same time trying to figure out ways to see his sons in Poland.
    Meanwhile, Oksana finds inspiration in the simple but significant actions of an 11-year old girl.
    *Seva is away.

    BACKGROUND
     
    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 July 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various 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 15 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.

    • 9 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: EP14 - Missile strikes, lone missions & the thunder of war. (July 4-8)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP14 - Missile strikes, lone missions & the thunder of war. (July 4-8)

    Ilyas has a near miss when Russian missiles strike his neighbourhood and discovers a new way to connect with his son in Poland.
    Seva is given permission to leave the country for the first time since the war started - an experience that leaves him with a new perspective.
    Meanwhile Oksana measure the toll of unrelenting air raid sirens on her and her girlfriends.

    BACKGROUND-

    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.

    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.

    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 14 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.

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

    • 12 min
    Ukraine War Diaries: EP13 - War waiters, fresh starts & a memory sent from Poland (June 13-17)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP13 - 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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

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10 min story stretched to 45

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