42 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.

    EP41: Combat stress, stoicism & a special journey (Aug 8-12)

    EP41: Combat stress, stoicism & a special journey (Aug 8-12)

    After months of war, Oksana begins to experience vivid destructive thoughts.
    Recording while returning from the frontline, Seva shares important news about his father.
    Meanwhile, Ilyas is given clearance to make a special journey to Poland.

    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 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.

    EP41 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

    • 8 min
    EP40: Law of the gun, the longest road & a new code (Aug 1-5)

    EP40: 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
    EP39: Distant thunder, air raids & the therapy of tears (July 25-29)

    EP39: 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, Ilyas sees the unfolding 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.
    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.
     
    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
    EP38 - Green jeeps, cold chills & a new city view (July 18-22)

    EP38 - Green jeeps, cold chills & a new city view (July 18-22)

    Against the backdrop of further Russian advances in the east, Seva makes a significant supply drop to the frontline.
    In Kyiv, Ilyas is starting to feel anxious about the winter to come and Oksana charts an emotional, 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
    EP37 - Warrior citizens & when a girl ‘checks’ a nation (July 11-15)

    EP37 - 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
    EP36: Missile strikes, lone missions & the thunder of war (July 4-8)  

    EP36: Missile strikes, lone missions & the thunder of war (July 4-8)  

    Ilyas has a near miss when Russian missiles strike his neighbourhood.
    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 measures 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 July 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.

    Producer Rob Mulhern
    Editing Paul Stanworth

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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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