Also by Ray Furlong
July 01, 2022
A Day In The Life Of Exiled Belarusian Leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya
She made a lightning ascent from unknown housewife to become the face of a revolution. Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya was forced into exile in 2020. RFE/RL spent a day with Tsikhanouskaya during a visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on June 21.
June 29, 2022
Armenians Wary About Impact Of New Road To Nagorno-Karabakh
Ethnic Armenians face the prospect of their villages returning to Azerbaijani control after 30 years of Armenian occupation due to a new road being built connecting Armenia with Armenian-controlled areas in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
June 24, 2022
Ukrainian Choppers Flew Just 4 Meters Above The Ground To Evade Fire In Daring Mariupol Evacuation
A Ukrainian soldier has spoken of a last ditch helicopter evacuation of Mariupol, sometimes flying as low as 4 meters above the ground to avoid Russian fire. His leg was amputated at the city's Ilyich steel mill before he got a place on one of the dramatic flights to safety.
June 22, 2022
Former Worker At Besieged Syevyerodonetsk Factory Says This Is Different From Mariupol Battle
The battle for Syevyerodonetsk has an uncanny echo of the fighting in Mariupol, with Ukrainian forces holding out in a huge industrial facility. But a former worker says the two plants are very different.
June 14, 2022
After Hiding 21 Months At Swedish Embassy, Belarusian Father, Son Escape Minsk
A Belarusian father and son have evaded 24/7 surveillance to flee their country after spending almost two years at the Swedish Embassy in Minsk, where they were living to avoid arrest after demonstrating against a presidential election widely seen as falsified.
May 26, 2022
Moldova Hasn't Decided On Accepting NATO Lethal Weapons, Foreign Minister Says
Moldova's government has not yet decided about whether it would accept lethal weapons from NATO countries, but will be announcing a decision soon on steps to improve the country's security, Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu told RFE/RL.
May 25, 2022
Ukraine Can Rely On Republican Lawmakers, Says Ranking Member McCaul
Michael McCaul, the senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says that Ukraine should not be concerned that many of his party colleagues voted against the recent $40 billion aid bill. He was speaking to RFE/RL's Ray Furlong in Prague on May 25.
May 25, 2022
Chair Of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Hopes For 'Different' Russia After Ukraine War
The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Gregory Meeks (Democrat -- New York), says he hopes "a different type of Russia" will emerge following the war in the Ukraine, "not a Russia that is led by a brutal regime." Meeks was speaking to RFE/RL's Ray Furlong in Prague on May 25.
May 13, 2022
Ukrainian 9-Year-Old Making 'Miracle' Recovery From Shrapnel Head Wound
Nine-year-old Sofia Hurmaza is in hospital in Lviv, western Ukraine, after sustaining a shrapnel wound to the head that her doctor says would normally leave her in a "vegetative state." But after two days in a coma and a complex operation, her doctor says she's making a "miracle" recovery.
May 03, 2022
War In Ukraine: Unfiltered, A New Documentary From RFE/RL
Since Russia began its new invasion of Ukraine on February 24, journalists from RFE/RL and Current Time have been in the thick of the action. From frontline combat, to the flood of refugees, casualty wards, and gathering evidence of war crimes, they have chronicled every aspect of the war.
April 20, 2022
Why Should Kharkiv's Pushkin Street Be Renamed?
Across Ukraine, moves are being made to "de-Russify," with names of streets being changed and statues removed. Three cities have even taken down statues of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The authorities in Kharkiv are considering similar measures. Local historian Pylyp Dykan explained why
March 22, 2022
Navalny Supporters Claim To Have Evidence Of Putin Superyacht
Exiled supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny have released a video with what they say is evidence that a $700 million yacht anchored in an Italian harbor belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The same day that a Russian court gave Navalny a new 9-year jail term.
March 17, 2022
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Says NATO Must Be 'Very, Very Serious' About Its Defense
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says NATO cannot underestimate the danger posed by Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and must be fully prepared as Europe teeters on the brink of "huge political change."
March 17, 2022
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Says Ukrainian Victory In War Must End 'Putinism'
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said a trip he made to a "safe" part of Ukraine on March 15 was "bizarre," with normal life going on until alarm sirens sounded. Speaking in Prague to RFE/RL's Ray Furlong on March 17, he said "Putin has to be defeated in Ukraine."
March 15, 2022
'The Spirit Is High': A Kharkiv Resident Describes Her City's Defiant Resilience
A few weeks ago, Nargiz Gurbanova was working as a criminal defense lawyer, but now she spends her days sheltering in a hospital basement as the Russian military bombards her city, Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine. In an interview with RFE/RL on March 15, she says the mood there is "amazing."
March 14, 2022
Russian TV News Hit By Anti-War Protest In Studio
A protester appeared with a poster against Russia's invasion of Ukraine during a live news broadcast on Russia's main state TV channel on March 14. It was a brave act in a country where people can face up to 15 years in prison for spreading what the Kremlin deems false information about the war.
March 10, 2022
How Russia's Media War Leaves People Oblivious To The Death, Destruction In Ukraine
As Russia wages a brutal war against Ukraine, targeting civilian areas and drawing global condemnation, many people living in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea consume false narratives promoted by Kremlin-controlled media.
March 03, 2022
What's Gone Wrong For Russia? A Former Top NATO General Explains
A retired senior NATO commander says analysts are unsure why exactly Russia's invasion of Ukraine has stalled, but says unexpected "heavy losses" suffered from Ukrainian anti-tank weapons and drones may have played a big role. Petr Pavel was chairman of the NATO Military Committee in 2015-18.