Borys Sachalko is a correspondent in Kyiv for Current Time, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA. Born in Ukraine, he is a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. Before joining Current Time’s Kyiv team in 2021, Sachalko worked for the Ukrainian TV channel STB.
Also by Borys Sachalko
May 18, 2023
Sleek Ukrainian Drone Provides Critical Data For Bakhmut Area Troops
The Furia, a modern, high-tech Ukrainian-made drone, makes nocturnal surveillance flights over Russian positions around Bakhmut. The reconnaissance craft with night-vision cameras provides useful data on Russian armored vehicle movements, helping to ensure accurate Ukrainian artillery strikes.
May 16, 2023
'Where Would I Go With My Goat?': Ukrainians Hold Out In A Frontline Village
Empty streets, bombed-out buildings, and craters the width of a bus -- none will drive out the last residents of Novomykhaylivka, a Ukrainian village on the edge of the front line. Russian shelling has all but destroyed the settlement, but a few still tend to their gardens and a solitary goat.
May 12, 2023
'He Lost Everything': Ukrainian Soldiers' Frontline Mission To Find Elderly Man's Family Photos
An elderly man was evacuated from his home in Chasiv Yar and left almost everything behind. Before he fled, he opened his doors to Ukrainian soldiers. After the house was shelled by Russian forces, those Ukrainian soldiers went on a special mission to find the grandfather's family photo albums.
April 13, 2023
'The City Is Half Dead': Volunteers Help Restore Life In War-Torn Kherson
Volunteers in the Ukrainian city of Kherson are working tirelessly to help repair the lives and homes of local residents. Describing it as a “half-dead city,” one inhabitant said rebuilding was a struggle and hazardous as Kherson is still being targeted by Russian shelling.
April 13, 2023
Ukrainian Farmer Works To Replace Land Mines With Food Crops
A farmer whose land was on the front lines last year has taken on the job of mine-clearing. His pig and cattle farm now has piles of unearthed shells and exploded mines. Bohdan, a major grower in Mykolayiv, couldn't wait for military sappers -- the community urgently needs its crops and also jobs.
March 27, 2023
Ukrainian Children Taken By Russia To Crimea Reunited With Families
The Save Ukraine Foundation has brought 17 Ukrainian children home who had been taken by Russian authorities to annexed Crimea. Their parents had been persuaded by occupying forces in the Kherson region to send their children to a summer camp in Crimea to escape the war.
March 20, 2023
The Ukrainian Village That Changed Hands 14 Times
Residents in the village of Bohorodychne in Ukraine's Donetsk region say the village has changed hands 14 times between Ukrainian and Russian forces. Current Time's Borys Sachalko visited and spoke to some of the seven people who remain in what was once a large settlement.
March 16, 2023
Hunt For Russian Armor: Ukrainian Drone Reconnaissance In The Donbas
Current Time's Borys Sachalko watches as a drone operator from Ukraine's 1st Tank Brigade targets Russian positions in the country's eastern Donbas region. He's also shown a Russian tank which Ukrainian forces say they seized after it was abandoned by its crew.
March 15, 2023
After The Bomb, Silence: Under Fire In Bohoyavlenka, Eastern Ukraine
"When there's an explosion, there's a terrifying boom, and then a deathly silence," says Lyuba, whose house is the only intact structure on her street in Bohoyavlenka, eastern Ukraine. Current Time correspondent Borys Sachalko sent this report from the village.
February 14, 2023
'We Must Stand Our Ground': Fear And Fortitude In Ukraine's Frontline Cities
The city of Chasiv Yar in Ukraine's Donetsk region is just a few kilometers from the frontline city of Bakhmut. While Ukrainian troops are battling to retain control of a critical road linking the two cities, residents of Chasiv Yar are preparing for evacuation or war.
February 10, 2023
Video Shows Ukrainian Forces Repelling Russian Troops In The Donbas
Current Time reporter Borys Sachalko was with a Ukrainian frontline unit as reports came in of Russian troops advancing toward it. Using an armored personnel carrier, a rocket launcher, and small arms, the Ukrainians held the line.
January 31, 2023
Frontline Videos Show Intense Battles In Eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian civilians come under shelling as they attempt to flee from Russian attacks in Bakhmut, in a video posted online by foreign volunteers, while Current Time visits trenches 100 kilometers southwest -- where Russian forces have also been testing the Ukrainian lines.
January 19, 2023
Teenage Boy Rescues Kids From Burning Ukrainian Kindergarten
A teenager ran into a burning kindergarten to save children after a helicopter crashed into it on January 18. The authorities said 14 people were killed, including one child, along with the Ukrainian interior minister and other officials flying in the helicopter. Many children were injured.
January 18, 2023
'Everything Was On Fire': Horror As Helicopter Crashes Into Ukrainian Kindergarten
Eyewitnesses have spoken of their horror as a helicopter crashed into a Ukrainian kindergarten on the morning of January 18. According to the latest figures 14 people were killed, including a child, as well as Ukraine's interior minister and other senior officials who were in the helicopter.
January 09, 2023
Hiding Toys And Checkers On The Street: Ukraine's War Has Changed Children's Lives Forever
Ukraine's war has forced 500,000 children to move abroad, but most remain in school. An estimated 75 percent of Ukrainian kids suffer from psychological damage. Current Time's Borys Sachalko talked with three students who have been through differing challenges to see how they're faring.
December 30, 2022
The Wings Of Madyar: Ukrainian Drone Unit Tracks Russian Forces Around Bakhmut
As fighting rages in Ukraine's Donetsk region, Russian forces near the city of Bakhmut are said to be exhausted. Ukrainian troops are relying upon their air reconnaissance operations. A drone unit known as The Wings of Madyar is providing real-time information to Ukrainian artillery batteries.
December 29, 2022
'All I Want Is Peace': New Year's Preparations In War-Torn Bakhmut
Despite constant shelling by Russian forces, a New Year's tree was put up in Bakhmut, a hotly contested city in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Most of Bakhmut's prewar popular of 70,000 have fled. Volunteers hope the New Year's tree will be a sign of hope for those who remain.
December 28, 2022
Amid Intense Fighting, Ukrainian Forces Advance On Kreminna In Luhansk Region
Ukrainian troops battling in the eastern Luhansk region -- one of four provinces Russia announced it was annexing after sham referendums -- are focusing on Kreminna and nearby settlements. Seizing control of these key logistics points would solidify advances that began in the fall in Kharkiv.