Also by Austin Malloy
November 20, 2023
'A Turning Point': A Decade After Euromaidan, Ukraine's Fight For Freedom Continues
Ukraine marks the 10th anniversary of the Euromaidan protest movement that erupted after then-President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an EU Association Agreement. In mid-February 2014, more than 100 people were killed as security forces opened fire on protesters.
November 19, 2023
Widowed While Pregnant: These Ukrainian Moms Lost Their Husbands In Combat
Kateryna Ukrayinets was four months pregnant when she found out that her husband was killed while defending Ukraine against Russian forces. Speaking to RFE/RL, the 21-year-old widow said she had no idea how she would live without the father of her child.
November 15, 2023
'They Changed Tactics': Ukrainian Troops Push Back Against Russian Assault On Avdiyivka
Ukrainian troops continue to hold out in Avdiyivka as Russian forces attack the industrial city in the Donetsk region. Russian forces have suffered heavy losses during the onslaught, according to Ukrainian officials. Some 1,500 people continue to live among the ruins of their once peaceful city.
November 14, 2023
'It's All Ruins': Local Ukrainians Fight To Maintain Dignity In Frontline Chasiv Yar
Residents of the frontline city of Chasiv Yar fight to hold on to their dignity as they scratch out an existence in the ruins of heavy fighting. Despite constant attacks, one resident told Current Time that they returned to the city after evacuating because it's "better to be at home."
November 14, 2023
Iranian Grandmother Pleads With Tehran To Help Free Israeli Granddaughter Held By Hamas
An Iranian-born grandmother in Israel pleads for the release of her 23-year-old granddaughter, Romi Gonen, after she was kidnapped at a music festival on October 7 by the extremist group Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.
November 11, 2023
Kyrgyzstan's Fastest Horse Dominates Ancient Equestrian Race
The Kyrgyz racehorse Karakyz has emerged victorious in multiple Central Asian horse-riding championships, earning legendary status among spectators as the fastest horse in the region. The mighty mare has dominated the At Chabysh race, one of Central Asia's oldest equestrian competitions.
November 06, 2023
'We Don't Have Toilets': Afghans Struggle After Crossing Border From Pakistan
Afghans who have fled Pakistan to avoid arrest and deportation are living in makeshift camps on the Afghan side of the Torkham border crossing. RFE/RL's Radio Azadi spoke with Afghans compelled to flee amid the new anti-migrant policy. Aid groups say they lack proper shelter and food.
November 03, 2023
'Losses Are Heavier': Former Ukrainian Combat Medic Tells Of Mistakes, Horrors On The Front Line
Former Ukrainian combat medic Roman Zamriy reveals the horrors and challenges of frontline care including fatal mistakes made during fighting. Zamriy, who planned evacuation routes for wounded soldiers, says it can take days before injured soldiers are taken from frontline positions.
October 28, 2023
Reporter's Notebook: Stories Of Resilience During A Return To Wartime Ukraine
I spent nearly four years living in Ukraine as a journalist before leaving in January 2022. Now, I was back. When I was preparing to leave the country, Kyiv was filled with speculation: Would Russia attack or wouldn’t it? Now, here I was, with a war-weary 12-year-old named Polyna.
October 26, 2023
'Grandpa' Flees Nagorno-Karabakh On Horseback
Ethnic Armenian Rafik Sarkisian rode his beloved horse from Nagorno-Karabakh to safety in Armenia after Azerbaijani forces attacked Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19. He traveled for over 24 hours before a local Armenian family took in the exhausted 60-year-old.
October 24, 2023
'They Are Afraid To Provoke Us': Patrolling The Ukraine-Belarus Border Along The Dnieper River
RFE/RL joins a Ukrainian border patrol as it monitors the Dnieper River in the country's northern Chernihiv region where it borders Belarus. Russian forces entered Ukraine from Belarus at the start of its full-scale invasion in 2022. Kyiv has since strengthened its defenses in the area.
October 20, 2023
'This Tank Instills Great Fear': Ukrainian Troops Praise Leopard 2 Tanks Sent By Sweden
Ukrainian tank crews are rolling into battle with the Swedish version of the German Leopard 2 tank. Current Time correspondent Oleksiy Prodayvoda visited Ukrainian troops near the front line who say Russian forces fear the tank's high-precision, armor-piercing shells.
October 12, 2023
'We Kept Silent': Russian Émigré Listened From Safe Room As Hamas Militants Ransacked Her House
A Russian-born émigré tells Current Time how her family hid in a safe room as gunmen searched their home in Israel. Maria Ballach moved to Israel 20 years ago and is a resident of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, an Israeli village near the border with Gaza. She says she could hear the attackers talking.
October 11, 2023
Funerals Held For Mourners Killed During A Memorial For Fallen Ukrainian Soldier
Funerals were held on October 10 for victims of an attack on the Ukrainian village of Hroza that killed dozens of people during a memorial service for a fallen soldier. The son and daughter-in-law of the fallen soldier, Denys and Nina Kozyr, were among the victims who were laid to rest.
October 09, 2023
'We're Tired Of Fleeing From War': Ukrainians, Bucha Survivor Caught Up In Israel-Gaza Strikes
Some 14,000 Ukrainian nationals who fled to Israel have found themselves under attack again as Hamas launched an attack on the country. A Ukrainian refugee told RFE/RL that the attack "was like déjà vu." In the Gaza Strip, a Ukrainian mother has asked for safe passage out of the territory.
October 03, 2023
Karabakh Boy Drives For Days To Bring Family To Safety In Armenia
A 13-year-old boy drove seven relatives out of Nagorno-Karabakh to safety in Armenia amid a mass exodus from the region. With his military father away during fighting, the family says the young teenager, Gor Khachatrian, was their only hope to reach Armenia.
October 02, 2023
Azerbaijan Arrests Nagorno-Karabakh Leadership As Armenia Struggles With Refugee Crisis
Azerbaijan continues to arrest and charge Nagorno-Karabakh's ethnic Armenian leadership following Baku's takeover of the region. Baku has said it plans to give amnesty to Armenian fighters but is looking to arrest people it claims committed "war crimes."
September 28, 2023
Armenian Volunteers Rush To Help Flood Of Refugees From Nagorno-Karabakh
Over half the estimated population of 120,000 ethnic Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh has fled to Armenia, according to Yerevan officials. Armenian volunteers are doing what they can to provide relief to the displaced people who have flooded into the country.
September 28, 2023
Ukrainian UAV Manufacturers In Race For 'Smart Drone'
Many of Ukraine's homegrown UAV producers are modifying their drone fleets with the latest, cutting-edge technology. The upgrades, which now include artificial intelligence, are helping the outgunned country punch above its weight on the battlefield.
September 27, 2023
'I Have Nothing': Ethnic Armenians Face Dire Conditions Amid Mass Exodus From Nagorno-Karabakh
Thousands of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh have flooded into the border town of Goris after enduring an arduous journey out of the the crisis-hit region. RFE/RL spoke with refugees in Armenia who said they left everything behind and hadn't eaten in days.