Also by Taras Levchenko
September 16, 2023
Pilgrims Welcome Jewish New Year In Ukraine
Thousands of Jewish pilgrims celebrated the Jewish New Year in Uman on September 15. The Ukrainian city is home to the grave of Rabbi Nachman, a key figure for the Hasidic movement in Judaism. Pilgrims from Israel and other countries have defied warnings about the risk of Russian air attacks.
September 15, 2023
Defying War, Jewish Pilgrims Come To Ukraine For New Year
Thousands of pilgrims from Israel and other countries arrived on September 14 in Uman, Ukraine, to mark the Jewish New Year. The city, south of Kyiv, is revered by the Hasidic movement in Judaism as the birthplace of its co-founder, Rabbi Nachman.
August 15, 2023
Surgery Restores Hearing For Ukrainian Soldiers Deafened During Combat
Artillery fire from both sides has been a central element of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The cost to soldiers in hearing loss is difficult to gauge -- but a surgeon who restores broken eardrums and treats inner-ear bones has had success with at least 40 Ukrainian soldiers.
June 06, 2023
Chernobyl Workers Reveal Occupying Russian Soldiers Showed Signs Of Radiation Poisoning
Employees of the Chernobyl nuclear plant say Russian soldiers showed signs of radiation poisoning during their occupation. They say some developed huge blisters and were vomiting after ignoring warnings about digging trenches in radioactive soil.
June 05, 2023
'Disbelief' Over Slew Of Closed Kyiv Bomb Shelters
A Ukrainian minister has expressed "disbelief" over the number of shut or unusable bomb shelters in Kyiv following an initial inspection across the capital. It came after the death of three civilians -- including a 9-year-old girl -- who were unable to access a closed shelter on June 1.
April 26, 2023
'Worth Fighting For': Why A Swedish Politician Joined The Ukrainian Armed Forces
Former Swedish member of parliament Caroline Nordengrip, currently volunteering in the Ukrainian infantry, says she chose to join the fight against Russian aggression because Ukraine is "a wonderful country" whose freedom and peace is worth the risk.
April 12, 2023
A Former Russian Military Intelligence Officer Explains Why He's Fighting For Ukraine
A former Russian military and military intelligence officer tells RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service why he has volunteered to fight for Kyiv, saying "the enemies of my homeland are those who support" President Vladimir Putin.
January 20, 2023
Russian Deserter Ready To Testify On War Crimes
A Russian soldier says he is ready to testify about Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Signalman Nikita Chibrin was sent to Ukraine at the start of Russia's full-scale invasion. After months in Ukraine, Chibrin eventually decided to desert and fled to Spain.
September 06, 2022
Soldiers Face Mental Health Battle In Russia's War On Ukraine
The war in Ukraine is not just taking a physical toll on soldiers on the battlefield but also a psychological one. RFE/RL correspondent Taras Levchenkov visited the Center for Mental Health and Rehabilitation of Veterans in Ukraine's Kyiv region and spoke with soldiers who are being treated there.
August 16, 2022
'I Must Return To The Front Line': Ukrainian Soldiers Lose Limbs And Keep Fighting
In Kyiv, rehabilitation centers offer treatment to Ukrainian amputees. Russia's war against Ukraine has created high numbers of disabled soldiers and civilians. Rehabilitation centers help the wounded return to normal life and, in some cases, amputee soldiers are even able to return to combat units.
August 04, 2022
Drone Army: Ukraine Unveils New Gear For The Fight Against Russia
The Ukrainian Army is expanding its fleet of drones, having raised some $20 million in donations from abroad for remote-controlled aircraft. Used for surveillance and airborne attacks, drones have been effective in combat. Ukraine wants around 1,200 more copters and miniature planes.
August 03, 2022
Ukrainian Pensioner Who Took On Russian Column Shares Phone Video Of Destruction
When pensioner Valentyn Didkovskiy saw a Russian column rolling past his house on February 27, he picked up a captured grenade launcher and blew up a fuel truck, sending the invasion into chaos and captured the destruction in a mobile-phone video.
August 02, 2022
'Only You Know How To Care For An Elephant': Kyiv Zookeeper Keeps Safe To Care For Animals Amid War
Viktoriya Sluzhenko wanted to take up a rifle to defend the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, when Russian troops invaded her country in February. But she quickly realized the animals of the Kyiv Zoo needed her more.
July 25, 2022
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith: 'Putin Is Not Inclined To Stop At Ukraine'
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith told RFE/RL that Russian President Vladimir Putin "is a profound threat not just to Ukraine, but to world peace and stability." Smith made the comments on July 23 during a visit to Kyiv with several other members of Congress.
July 08, 2022
Bound, Beaten, And Bruised: Ukrainian Villager Recounts Torture By Russian Troops
Oleksandr Kraskivskiy, head of the village of Zamhlay in Ukraine's Chernihiv region, says he tried to reason with occupying Russian troops but he ended up being bound, beaten, and held captive. Kraskivskiy believes he survived after explaining that he had served with the Soviet Army in Afghanistan.