Kira Tolstyakova is an editor for Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service.
Also by Kira Tolstyakova
January 03, 2023
How Ukraine's 'Great Reconstruction' Brought Great Rewards For A Company Linked To Dnipropetrovsk's Government And An FBI Fugitive
A company co-owned by a powerlifter who is linked to the governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region and the business partner of an FBI fugitive received nearly $41 million in public funds for road repair, a journalistic investigation by Schemes found.
December 05, 2022
Russian Soldier Says Commander Stabbed Ukrainian Woman To Death
A Russian commander stabbed an elderly Ukrainian woman to death during the retreat from Izyum, according to a soldier in his unit. Evidence of the alleged war crime first emerged from a phone intercept by Ukrainian intelligence.
December 01, 2022
Ukrainian Man Spends Months Digging Through Rubble To Find His Dead Friend
A Ukrainian man spent months digging through the wreckage of an apartment block to find the body of a close friend from his school days. Pavlo Holub lives in Izyum, and he carried out this work during the six-month Russian occupation of the town before it was liberated by Ukrainian forces.
October 30, 2022
After The Russian Withdrawal, Memories Of Resistance And Collaboration Linger In A Ukrainian Village
Some residents of Shevchenkove tell Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, how they withstood torture and threats to resist collaboration with the Russian forces occupying their village in Ukraine's Kharkiv region. Others describe what compelled them to cooperate.
July 26, 2022
Post Office Massacre: Russian Soldiers Shot Five Ukrainian Civilians Seeking To Defend Their Village, Investigation Finds
“Right in front of me, they were simply shot and thrown into the cellar,” a survivor told Schemes. Russian soldiers summarily executed five civilians at a village post office in northern Ukraine days after the February 24 invasion, relatives and eyewitnesses say.
April 03, 2022
Clustered Russian Aircraft Present A Prominent Target In Ukraine
At least twice since it invaded Ukraine, Russia has clustered warplanes on territory it has seized in the south, creating platforms for further attacks but presenting prominent targets for counterstrikes by Kyiv’s forces, officials, analysts, and satellite imagery indicate.