50 episodes

Oksana is determined not to leave her parents behind in Kiev. Ilyas dreams of being reunited with his wife and children who have fled to Poland. Seva is a CEO turned volunteer who's now supplying Ukrainian troops on the front line. War with Russia has changed their lives forever.
But what does the future hold?

Every Friday, Ukraine War Diaries follows first-hand experiences of life in a country at war.

From the producers of Sky News StoryCast.

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Oksana is determined not to leave her parents behind in Kiev. Ilyas dreams of being reunited with his wife and children who have fled to Poland. Seva is a CEO turned volunteer who's now supplying Ukrainian troops on the front line. War with Russia has changed their lives forever.
But what does the future hold?

Every Friday, Ukraine War Diaries follows first-hand experiences of life in a country at war.

From the producers of Sky News StoryCast.

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP26 - Nuclear alarm, naked enemies & crazy neighbours (Sept 26-30)

    Ukraine War Diaries: EP26 - Nuclear alarm, naked enemies & crazy neighbours (Sept 26-30)

    In Kyiv, spooked by the threat of nuclear attack, Oksana’s close friend moves her family to western Ukraine.
    Meanwhile, Ilyas finds hope in what he sees as desperate Russian measures.
    And Seva is left astonished by conversations with fellow military personnel on the frontline.

    TIMECODES -

    0.00 - Oksana
    4.45 - Ilyas
    8.07 - Seva

    BACKGROUND -

    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 September 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various IT 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.
     
    EP26 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer: Rob Mulhern
    Editor: Paul Stanworth
    Digital Promotion: David Chipakupaku

    • 11 min
    EP48 - Nuclear alarm, naked enemies & crazy neighbours (Sept 26-30)

    EP48 - Nuclear alarm, naked enemies & crazy neighbours (Sept 26-30)

    In Kyiv, spooked by the threat of nuclear attack, Oksana’s close friend moves her family to western Ukraine.
    Meanwhile, Ilyas finds hope in what he sees as desperate Russian measures.
    And Seva is left astonished by conversations with fellow military personnel on the frontlines.

    TIMECODES -

    0.00 - Oksana
    4.45 - Ilyas
    8.07 - Seva

    BACKGROUND -

    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 September 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various IT 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.
     
    EP48 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer: Rob Mulhern
    Editor: Paul Stanworth
    Digital Promotion: David Chipakupaku

    • 11 min
    EP47: Sitting room soldiers, solidarity & a second Bucha (Sept 19-23)

    EP47: Sitting room soldiers, solidarity & a second Bucha (Sept 19-23)

    Military volunteer, Seva, greets news of the Russian mobilisation decree to call up of 300,000 army reservists with glee.
    Thousands of miles from home Oksana finds an unexpected show of solidarity.
    And in Kyiv, Ilyas reflects on the recent grim discovery of mass graveyards in liberated lands close to Kharkiv.

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

    EP47 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.

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

    Producer: Rob Mulhern
    Editor: Paul Stanworth
    Digital Promotion: David Chipakupaku

    • 11 min
    EP46: Piggy banks, pitstops & taking the fight to Putin (Sept 12-16)

    EP46: Piggy banks, pitstops & taking the fight to Putin (Sept 12-16)

    In London, Oksana seeks out an antidote to the horrors discovered by Ukrainian forces during this week’s counter offensive.
    Returning from assignment in Ireland, military volunteer Seva makes a roadside pitstop in Poland to reflect on the Ukrainian army’s breakthrough.
    Meanwhile in Kyiv, for the first time since the Russian invasion, Ilyas can see a clear road-map to victory.

    BACKGROUND -
     
    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.

    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. His wife Natalia, and two young sons are taking refuge in Poland.
    As of September 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on various IT 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.
     
    EP46 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer: Rob Mulhern
    Editor: Paul Stanworth
    Digital Promotion: David Chipakupaku

    • 11 min
    EP45: Hacking Russia, new runways & releasing the grip of war (Sept 5-9 )

    EP45: Hacking Russia, new runways & releasing the grip of war (Sept 5-9 )

    Close to the front line of his country’s cyber war with Russia, Ilyas discloses some of how Ukraines ‘IT Army’ are waging war against Russia. Meanwhile, in London, Oksana considers feelings of guilt in an on going war.
    Seva is away on Assignment.

    ADDITIONAL -

    *The Starlink’s service referred to by Ilyas in his diary is a satellite communications network provided to Ukraine by Elon Muck and Space X to maintain and support the internet.

    BACKGROUND -

    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.

    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.

    Seva is on away.

    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.

    EP45 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer: Rob Mulhern
    Editing: Dave Terris
    Digital Promotion: David Chipakupaku

    • 8 min
    EP44: A nuclear ransom, road trips & the real me! (Aug 29-2 Sept)

    EP44: A nuclear ransom, road trips & the real me! (Aug 29-2 Sept)

    Recording while on assignment for the Ukrainian army, Seva shares conversations with soldiers close to the under threat Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
    In Kyiv, Oksana prepares for another adventure and estranged from his family once again, Ilyas retreats into memories from his visit to Poland.

    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 September 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.

    EP44 diary entries were recorded using WhatsApp voice note.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    Producer Rob Mulhern
    Editing Dave Terris
    Digital Promotion David Chipakupaku

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

HTpwnage ,

Real life during the war.

This is a few people, trying to live during the war. Their willingness to share with us the day to day struggle of living in a country that is invaded is amazing. I laugh and cry with them. Worth a listen!

Babeus1 ,

God Bless Ukraine

The world needs to hear more from you. Please continue to tell the story

HannibalH ,

Please continue

Important, sincere and powerful voices from the people of Ukrainian.

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