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President Volodymyr Zelensky makes a surprise visit to the UK

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President Volodymyr Zelensky makes a surprise visit to the UK

    Extra episode: President Zelensky makes a surprise visit to the UK

    Extra episode: President Zelensky makes a surprise visit to the UK

    Listen to his Westminster speech in full.

    Victoria and Vitaly come together to talk through Zelensky's first visit to the UK since Russia invaded his country.

    Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaliy Shevchenko.

    The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The series producer is Fiona Leach. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to 0330 1239480.

    • 31 min
    Why do so many Russians support the war?

    Why do so many Russians support the war?

    Unpicking history and propaganda to understand ordinary Russians and their attitude to the war with Russia expert Dr Jade McGlynn.

    James Waterhouse in Kyiv brings us up to date on what’s happening in the East of Ukraine around Bakhmut and President Zelensky’s corruption clampdown and Frank Gardner appraises the progress of Russia’s so-called Spring offensive.

    Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaliy Shevchenko.

    The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Clare Williamson and Josh Jenkins. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is Fiona Leach. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480

    • 31 min
    The Ukrainian amputees who want to fight again

    The Ukrainian amputees who want to fight again

    Hundreds of Ukrainians are waiting for prosthetic limbs after being injured in the war, according to a medic working in the US, Dr Yakov Gradinar. He works with a charity that is giving prostheses to Ukrainians who need them. He tells the incredible story of a soldier who walked almost immediately after being fitted with a new leg.

    The BBC’s Russia Editor, Steve Rosenberg, gives his take on the speech President Putin made at an event to mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad.

    And Gideon Rose, author of the book How Wars End, explains why he thinks it’s possible that Russia could retreat.

    Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko.

    The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Clare Williamson, Khadra Salad and Josh Jenkins. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editors were Louisa Lewis and Alison Gee. The editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to
    +44 330 1239480

    • 33 min
    Gearing up for a spring offensive?

    Gearing up for a spring offensive?

    As the seasons change, attention turns to what could happen next on the battlefield. Samantha De Bendern, an associate fellow at Chatham House, is on hand to explain what a spring offensive might actually mean for both sides.

    The BBC's Andrew Harding has spent the last two and a half weeks reporting on the war. He’s joined by his producer Ed Habershon to give their reflections on being on the frontline before they head back to South Africa.

    And Tim Stirzaker, the director of the new BBC documentary Putin VS The West, is in the studio.

    Today's episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko.

    The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Josh Jenkins and Clare Williamson. The technical producer Mike Regaard. The series producer is Tim Walklate. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480.

    • 35 min
    The spying game

    The spying game

    The war in Ukraine has encouraged Western intelligence agencies to share their secrets with the world. The BBC’s security correspondent Gordon Corera explains what a difference a year makes and tells Victoria and Vitaly about a German man who’s been arrested, suspected of spying for Russia.

    Francis Scarr from BBC Monitoring brings us Russian media reaction to the news that the West is sending tanks to Ukraine.

    And our tennis correspondent Russell Fuller is in Melbourne where Novak Djokovic’s dad has been criticised after he was pictured with a pro-Putin fan.

    Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko.

    The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Clare Williamson and Luke Radcliff. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The series producer is Fiona Leach. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480.

    • 28 min
    Why is Russia censoring LGBT-themed TV series?

    Why is Russia censoring LGBT-themed TV series?

    Russia’s new weapon in the Ukraine war: LGBT and the ‘decadent’ West. How a crackdown on political opposition is now accompanied by a crackdown on the Russian LGBT community. We hear from BBC Moscow’s Will Vernon. And Nataliya Zotova, of the BBC Russian service, talks Vic and Vitaliy through opposition politics in Russia, two years after Alexei Navalny was jailed.

    Shashank Joshi, Defence Editor at The Economist, answers your questions about Germany and tanks. And we get up to speed on the corruption scandals gripping Ukraine.

    Clips from ‘The White Lotus’ made by HBO Entertainment, Pallogram, The District, and Rip Cord Productions. And from ‘Sex and The City’, made by HBO, New Line Cinema, HBO Films, The Montecito Picture Company and Darren Star.

    Soviet Sports Parade footage courtesy of British Pathe.

    Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaliy Shevchenko.

    The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Clare Williamson and Luke Radcliff. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The series producer is Fiona Leach. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Sam Bonham.

    Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to +44 330 1239480

    • 26 min

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I would really like to suggest you restore the Boris Johnson’s sound bite “He can never clean/wash the blood from his hands”. I may not have the quote exactly right but I am sure you know the one I am referring to. I just think it is so powerful!

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Staying informed for the Duration

I have been listening to this podcast since the second day of the war, which sadly is nearly coming to a year now. The reporting is first rate, and they do attempt to tell things from the Russian perspective as hard as it is these days to report there. The hosts are professional and the guests include everyone from academic experts to ordinary Ukrainians doing there best to navigate such trying times. I also appreciate the cultural information about Ukraine that is shared. If you want to keep up to date for the duration, don’t hesitate in listening to this podcast. Sadly, I believe it will be necessary for some time to come.

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