Mykhaylo Shtekel has been a correspondent in Odesa for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service since 2017. Shtekel, who began his career in journalism in 2003, has covered the Donbas conflict and issues related to the annexation of Crimea for various Ukrainian TV channels and has experience working in conflict zones.
Also by Mykhaylo Shtekel
October 19, 2022
No Rest: As The War Drags On, Many Ukrainian Troops Have Spent Months On End In Combat
Many Ukrainian soldiers have not had significant leave since before Russia’s unprovoked February 24 invasion of their country. As the intense fighting grinds toward its 250th day, Kyiv is grappling with the military and psychological issues surrounding unending deployments.
May 01, 2022
'How About We Cut Off Your Ear?': Ukrainian Teen Describes Family's 'Filtration' By Russian Troops
Ukrainians who've undergone the Russian vetting process known as "filtration" describe arbitrary violence and threats, explicit or implied, and KGB-like questions to test fleeing civilians' loyalty.
March 29, 2022
Russian Rocket 'Hit My Office,' Says Ukrainian Governor
A gaping hole was ripped into the regional administration building in the southern port city of Mykolayiv on March 29. "They hit my office. Most people have got out alive. It's a miracle," said regional Governor Vitaliy Kim on his popular social media channel.
March 18, 2022
'These Are Relatively Whole Bodies': The Aftermath Of Russia's Battle For Voznesensk
A railway car is filled with bodies in Russian uniforms, a local resident recalls confronting Russian troops who entered his front yard during the Russian assault on the area. Voznesensk was attacked by Russian forces but is still in Ukrainian hands.
March 13, 2022
Odesa Artists Call For A No-Fly Zone
Ukrainian musicians and opera singers performed in Odesa on March 12 to call for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Members of the Odesa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet staged an open-air concert outside the theater building.
March 01, 2022
Snapshots From The War: Under Heavy Fire Or Tensely Waiting, All Ukraine Is Under Siege
Surrounded by hostile forces and under constant bombardment, the eastern town of Volnovakha has felt the full force of Russia's war on Ukraine. Some 700 kilometers to the west, residents of the Black Sea port city of Odesa prepare for the worst.
April 27, 2020
Ukraine's Navy: A Tale Of Betrayal, Loyalty, And Revival
When Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Ukraine's navy lost nearly all of its ships and most of its sailors quit or defected. Now, with help from its allies, Ukraine is slowly getting its sea legs back. This is the story of those who remained loyal to Ukraine and were forced to choose between family and country when they left Crimea. But, as they rebuild their lives and their nation's fleet, rough waters lie ahead with Russia flexing its maritime muscle on the Black Sea.
November 09, 2018
Donbas Separatists Using Cheap Eggs, Salary Hikes, Corny Videos To Get Out The Vote
Leaders of the separatist regions in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions are trying everything to get voters to controversial polls, including offering sales on eggs and chicken, raising salaries, and issuing kitschy videos aimed at young voters.