36 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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    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

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.

    EP35: War waiters, fresh starts & a memory sent from Poland (June 13-17)

    EP35: 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 every Friday from July 8.

    • 12 min
    EP34: Ilyas - ‘Staring into playgrounds I can see my old life.’ (10 June)

    EP34: Ilyas - ‘Staring into playgrounds I can see my old life.’ (10 June)

    When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, it marked the beginning of a new calendar for Ilyas and many Ukrainians who now make a clear time distinction between the end of one life and the beginning of another.
    In Episode 34, Ilyas talks about meeting his wife Natalia, the triggers that bring old memories flooding back and the suffering that follows forced separation from your family - an experience now being endured by millions of Ukrainians.
     
    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 June 2022, Ilyas is back living in the family apartment in Kyiv and working, in part, for the Ukrainian government on specialist projects.
     
     EP34 of Ukraine War Diaries was 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

    • 4 min
    EP33: Natalia – ‘Starting a new life without my husband.’

    EP33: Natalia – ‘Starting a new life without my husband.’

    Living side-by-side with their two boys in Kyiv almost four months ago, Ilyas and his wife Natalia have now been forced to live apart because of war. Today, Ilyas lives in a country gripped by conflict, where the Russian military can target his city with missiles at any minute. Across the border in Poland, his wife Natalia is facing challenges just as extreme despite the fact she and her family are now living in a country at peace.
     
    In Episode 33 of Ukraine War Diaries, Natalia offers her perspective on war, dislocation and separation.

    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.

    EP33 of Ukraine War Diaries was 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

    • 3 min
    EP32: Oksana - ‘For just two hours I forgot the war.’ (6 June)

    EP32: Oksana - ‘For just two hours I forgot the war.’ (6 June)

    Against the backdrop of territorial gains by Russian forces, Oksana finds an escape in her favourite shop in Kyiv. Here, she enjoys an experience so far removed from the war that for an all too brief period she forgets the conflict.

    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 -
    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.

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

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

    • 3 min
    EP31: Oksana - 'In Ukraine we know who the Queen is!' (3 June)

    EP31: Oksana - 'In Ukraine we know who the Queen is!' (3 June)

    Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Oksana has closely watched international reaction to the war. In this episode, she explains why the Queen is a celebrated figure in her homeland.

    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 -

    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.

    EP31 of Ukraine War Diaries was 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

    • 2 min
    EP30: Seva - ‘Chainsaws & axes, what I’m delivering now to the frontline.’ (1 June)

    EP30: Seva - ‘Chainsaws & axes, what I’m delivering now to the frontline.’ (1 June)

    Recording while travelling to Eastern Ukraine, Seva reflects on the changing needs of frontline soldiers preparing for a protracted war.
     
    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.
     
    EP30 of Ukraine War Diaries was recorded using Whatsapp voice note.
     
    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 in Eastern Ukraine. He’s originally from a small village near Dnipro.
     
    From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award winning series – StoryCast.
     
    CREDITS -
    Series Producer - Rob Mulhern
    Production Support/Editing - Paul Stanworth

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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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!

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God Bless Ukraine

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

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Please continue

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

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