Aleksander Palikot is a Ukraine-based journalist covering politics, history, and culture. His work has appeared in Krytyka Polityczna, New Eastern Europe, Jüdische Allgemeine, and beyond.
Also by Aleksander Palikot
June 02, 2023
Suffer The Children: Death And Distress Under A Rain Of Rockets And Drones In Kyiv
“She doesn’t have a mother anymore.” As the chestnut trees blossom in Ukraine's capital, its residents endure exhaustion and anxiety amid relentless Russian aerial assaults. The suffering and death of children compound concerns about life under constant attack.
May 25, 2023
Air Defense: Ukraine Parries As Russia Seeks To Slow Counteroffensive With New Surge Of Attacks
Russia stepped up attacks on Ukraine with new tactics aimed to deplete Kyiv’s air defenses and slow its counteroffensive, analysts say. With hard-won experience and Western equipment, the defenses have proven efficient, but civilians continue to suffer and low missile stockpiles pose a threat.
May 20, 2023
'It Will Perish When I'm Gone': Russian Language Usage Plunges In Wartime Ukraine
As it seeks to fight off the Russian invasion, Ukraine is experiencing the most rapid shift away from the use of the Russian language in its recent history. The process, accelerated by Russia's renewed attempts to erase Ukrainian culture and sow divisions within the country, is far from painless.
April 24, 2023
A Dropped Bible, A Brawl, And 'The Fall Of The Moscow Church' In Ukraine
As the conflict between Ukrainian authorities and a Ukrainian Orthodox Church long loyal to Moscow drags on, with clerics refusing to leave a sacred site in Kyiv, a violent incident at Khmelnytskiy Cathedral brings a confrontation that’s been brewing for decades to a head in a western region.
March 25, 2023
As Fighting Rages On At The Front, Thousands Join Ukraine's Offensive Guard
In anticipation of a major counteroffensive, thousands have volunteered to join Ukraine's Interior Ministry assault brigades. Backed by market research and an ad campaign, the units are part of an effort to rebuild the army while intense fighting continues unabated at the front.
March 18, 2023
'Not Enough': Ukrainians React To ICC Arrest Warrant, War Crimes Charges Against Putin For Illegal Deportations Of Ukrainian Children
Ukrainians on the streets of Kyiv are expressing a mix of support and skepticism after the ICC ordered the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his office’s commissioner for children’s rights. Some say the move will send a strong message. Some say it is not enough.
March 18, 2023
Oscars And Opposition: For Many In Ukraine, Award For Navalny Documentary Is Part Of The Russia Problem
Amid Moscow’s deadly onslaught, many Ukrainians are distrustful and dismissive of the Russian opposition, despite having a common foe in the Kremlin. Nothing illustrates this more starkly than the outrage caused by the Oscar awarded to the documentary film "Navalny."
March 05, 2023
'We Have No Choice': Ukrainian Judge Turned Soldier Says Justice Is Impossible Without Victory
The first months of Russia's invasion of Ukraine turned Ivan Mishchenko, a judge on Ukraine's Supreme Court, into an infantry officer. One year later, back at work on the country's judicial reform, he says justice for Ukraine will require both internal reform and military victory.
February 24, 2023
Defiance In A Frontline Ukrainian City Claimed By Russia -- And Hopes Of A Homecoming
Ukrainians in Zaporizhzhya, a city that Russia now claims as its own, understand that they are "next on Putin's list." But after a year of full-scale war, residents are defiant -- and displaced people sheltering here are not losing hope of returning home.
February 24, 2023
On Invasion Anniversary, Zelenskiy Says Russia 'Must Lose' In Ukraine As Allies Pledge More Aid
Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine entered its second year on February 24 as heavy fighting continued unabated in the east and south, where Moscow's forces have been throwing immense military and human resources against the Ukrainian forces' fierce resistance.
February 19, 2023
Belarusian Fighters In Ukraine Set Sights On A Long March
Belarusian volunteers fighting on Kyiv's side are paying a high price for their choice to “liberate Belarus by liberating Ukraine.” This does not, however, stop opponents of the Lukashenka regime from joining the ranks of the Kastus Kalinouski Regiment.
February 10, 2023
Under Fire: On Ukraine's Southern Front, A Hard-Hit Steppe Town Braces For Even Worse
As Ukraine braces for a renewed Russian offensive in the east, the southern front seems relatively stable despite the daily exchange of artillery fire. But with both sides hoping to control the corridor linking the Donbas to Crimea, tension is rising in hard-hit frontline towns like Hulyaypole.
January 26, 2023
Women At War: Ukraine's Female Soldiers Dream Of Freedom, Fight For Survival
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put the country’s female soldiers in the spotlight, where many have stepped up and enhanced their role in a military formerly seen as “no place for women.” But threats to women’s rights are growing as the war drags on, the deputy head of a women’s veteran group warns.
December 28, 2022
Ukraine's Orthodox Church Conflict: A Wartime Struggle For 'Spiritual Independence' And Security
Ukraine's Security Service has raided facilities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in what it calls a counterintelligence operation, piling pressure on a Moscow-linked institution that now claims complete independence. Meanwhile, priests and parishioners struggle to come to grips with the changes.
December 15, 2022
Ukraine Adapts To Power Cuts, Blunting Russia's Attacks On The 'Energy Front'
Russia has opened an energy front' in its war against Ukraine, launching massive attacks that caused power outages while killing dozens of people. But as citizens, authorities, and energy companies learn to deal with the blackouts, there are growing indications that Moscow's efforts may fall flat.
December 03, 2022
Killing In Kherson: A Self-Made Partisan Describes His Role In The Resistance To Russia's Occupation
"If a year ago somebody had told me I'd become a partisan or kill somebody, I'd have laughed at them. But here we are," says Vladyslav Nedostup, a sociology graduate and car-parts dealer who sought "bloody revenge" after a former classmate and her daughter were killed by a Russian missile.
November 16, 2022
'I Got My Home Back': Elation And Relief In Kherson As Ukraine Recovers A Key City
After the Russian retreat from Kherson, power outages and other problems did not dim the euphoria as Ukrainians celebrated the liberation a key city. Invading forces across the river and bangs of artillery in the background served as reminders that the war is far from over and the danger persists.
November 15, 2022
'I'm Not Going Anywhere': The High Price Of Resistance In Ukraine's Kherson Region
Determined to stay put, Volodymyr survived the long Russian occupation of Velyka Oleksandrivka, a Kherson region town that was left in ruins when the invaders pulled out. But like other Ukrainians whose lives have been torn apart, he has lost a great deal, and there’s no way back to his past life.
November 05, 2022
'High Time To Get Out': Harrowing Escapes By Ukrainian Civilians From Russian Occupation In Kherson
As the battle for the strategically important city of Kherson looms over the region and Russian occupation authorities deport civilians to the eastern bank of the Dnieper River, civilians in villages under fire are crossing the front line to get to Ukraine-controlled territory.
October 12, 2022
'We Shed All Our Tears': Retreating Russian Forces Leave Lives Shattered In Eastern Ukraine
The Russian invasion left many civilians in eastern Ukraine trapped between bad choices or deprived of any choice at all. The ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive has brought an end to the brutal occupation -- but many have been left with their lives shattered.