Category: Insight

Life underground in bombarded Kharkiv. A ten-year-old Ukrainian girl dreams of ballroom dancing — and of meeting Paddington Bear.

28 June 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive. Vika Mats, aged 10, and her mother Liana, 36, are stuck underground again in a Metro station after a terrifying day and night of rocket bombardments from advancing Russian forces in north-east Ukraine.  They had enjoyed a few days of sunlight when Ukrainian troops pushed the Russian forces back toward their border and out of […]

With prospects of victory looking slim, Ukrainians are waiting – in hope rather than in confidence.

13 June 2022 By Paul Martin

 It was a strange but almost comical scene. A dog was running towards me across Kyiv’s central landmark, Independence Square.  And trying with some difficulty to restrain the animal, on a long lead, was the dog’s new master, 26-year-old Sviatoslav Yurash, Ukraine’s youngest member of parliament. He had been driven from Kyiv to Bucha just […]

Bytes from Ukraine

31 May 2022 By Paul Martin

“I’m being bombed by my own bombs,” an elderly long-retired Ukrainian engineer complains… 14-year-old boy refugee on train from Polish border town Przmishyl to Krakow: “My cat came with us. She is part of the family.”

How Ukraine’s Post Office chief stamps down on the Russian invasion of his country.

25 May 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive from Kyiv, Ukraine Amid the images of destruction inflicted by continued Russian attacks on a sovereign nation, Ukrainian television showed far less grim pictures this week. People were smiling again — generally very happy to be queuing up in the streets again. Thousands of eager locals stood since the very early hours at post offices […]

Butchery in Bucha. An eye-opening trip there with an aid worker.

11 May 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive from Bucha, Ukraine. Oleksii Tolkachov, 39, is delivering aid to people without food, electricity and heating in Bucha and Irpin, the until-recently Russian-occupied satellite towns north of Kyiv.  They are both now ignominious worldwide symbols of the invaders’ ruthless destruction.   Before we drive in, we pull up at the first of several destroyed tanks.   […]

Britain and other Western regimes are trying to ‘whitewash’ abuse by Ukraine of captured Russian fighters. So says the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

5 April 2022 By Paul Martin

 Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service says Western governments are “accomplices to the inhuman crimes of Ukrainian neo-Nazis” in torturing captured Russian soldiers and depriving them of adequate food and medical treatment. It also claims to have “reliable data that after the publication of shocking videos with the torture of captured Russian servicemen in Ukraine, the nationalist […]

Russian intelligence claims ISIS ex-prisoners are operating inside Ukraine to sabotage Russian forces. It says the US and Britain have trained them, and are using Poland as their hub.

30 March 2022 By Paul Martin

Russia’s intelligence service (the SVR) has claimed ISIS prisoners previously held in the Kurdish-controlled north-east Syria have been sent to Ukraine to sabotage Russian forces there. It says America, Britain, France and other countries’ are using Poland as the hub for final training before the ISIS members infiltrate across the border. The SVR claimed: “At […]