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Ukrainecast

The BBC’s only English language programme entirely dedicated to the war in Ukraine and its fallout, Ukrainecast is your go-to podcast which investigates the biggest issues around the conflict: Could Putin push the nuclear button? How could Donald Trump end the war in 24 hours? What is the price for peace? The podcast is hosted by Newsnight presenter Victoria Derbyshire and BBC Monitoring’s Vitaly Shevchenko. Ukrainecast covers the most important topics around the conflict and speaks to the real people who’ve lived through several years of war. It also brings you agenda-setting interviews with special guests each week such a...

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Recent Episodes of Ukrainecast


Iryna and Volodymyr's story: Having a baby in wartime

Iryna and Volodymyr's story: Having a baby in wartime

Missile attacks, anxiety, power cuts and mobilisation: the challenges of childbirth and parenthood for a young couple in Kyiv.

Iryna and Volodymyr chose to have a baby following the full-scale invasion. The stress has meant that Iryna can no longer breast feed, they have lost friends and Volodymyr is about to join the army - but they are facing these challenges with bravery and resilience.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire . It was produced by Clare Williamson with Bella Saltiel and Natasha Mayo. The technical producers were Antonio Fernandes and Ben Andrews. The se...

Episode 11 June 2024 26m and 46s


Q&A: What can we expect from the Ukraine Peace Summit?

Q&A: What can we expect from the Ukraine Peace Summit?

What are the prospects for any progress at next week’s peace summit in Switzerland, especially if Russia is not there? Our Russia editor, Steve Rosenberg and international editor, Jeremy Bowen give us their thoughts and also answer questions on Russia’s economy, whether Russians are worried about Western missiles and how Ukrainian journalists are covering the war.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire. Today’s episode was produced by Clare Williamson with Paige Neal-Holder and Bella Saltiel . The technical producer was Gabriel O Regan. The series producer is Tim Walklate and the senior news editor i...

Episode 7 June 2024 24m and 24s


Maksym's Story: Growing up on the frontline

Maksym's Story: Growing up on the frontline

One young soldier’s coming of age tale from the battlefield.

One of our most asked after regular guests, the young soldier Maksym Lutsyk, returns to the podcast. He’s now 21 years old and we find out about his time on the frontline, how he listens in to secret recordings of Russian soldiers and whether he still dreams of having a beer on a beach in Tenerife…

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko. The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Bella Saltiel, Natasha Mayo and Clare Williamson. The technical producer was Garreth Jones. T...

Episode 4 June 2024 22m and 16s


Q&A with Fiona Hill: Where are the weapons Ukraine says it needs to fight Russia?

Q&A with Fiona Hill: Where are the weapons Ukraine says it needs to fight Russia?

Dr Fiona Hill joins Victoria and Vitaly to answer questions sent in by Ukrainecast listeners. She’s a former US national intelligence officer and a historian who’s written a book about Putin. They tackle topics about how momentum in the war has shifted, who might succeed Putin and what difference it will make letting Ukraine fire Western made weapons into some Russian territories.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko. The producers were Arsenii Sokolov, Bella Saltiel and Nick Holland. The technical producer was Frank McWeeny. The series producer is Tim Walklate. The se...

Episode 31 May 2024 29m and 10s


Kharkiv’s Metro School: Learning Underground

Kharkiv’s Metro School: Learning Underground

Schools in one of Ukraine’s most dangerous cities have taken evasive action to escape frequent Russian missile strikes.

In Kharkiv they’ve opened up temporary classrooms in metro stations to keep children safe from attacks.

In this episode we hear from a teacher and a fifteen-year-old student about what school life is like underground.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko. The producers were Nick Holland and Arsenii Sokolov. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The series producer is Tim Walklate. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham. Email...

Episode 28 May 2024 20m and


Arsenii and Yulia's story: Life after Azovstal

Arsenii and Yulia's story: Life after Azovstal

A husband and wife’s tale of imprisonment, torture and their campaign to free POWs.

Arsenii Fedosiuk, a lieutenant in Ukraine’s Azov Brigade, was one of the soldiers who fought defending the Azovstal steel works and was imprisoned, tortured and subsequently released by the Russians.

He’s in London with his wife, Yulia, as part of a campaign to put pressure on the Russian authorities to return their Prisoners of War, and came into the Ukrainecast studio.

Today’s episode is presented by Jamie Coomarasamy and Irena Taranyuk. The producers were Arsenii Sokolov...

Episode 24 May 2024 30m and 54s


Q&A: Is Ukraine still happy with President Zelensky?

Q&A: Is Ukraine still happy with President Zelensky?

Could Ukraine host fresh elections? How could the war end? Do we believe Mike Pompeo’s interpretation of how Donald Trump would end the war in 24 hours?

Victoria and Jamie are joined by General Sir Richard Barrons, former commander of the UK's Joint Forces Command, to answer these questions from you… and more.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Jamie Coomarasamy. The producers were Arsenii Sokolov and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Philip Bull. The series producer is Tim Walklate. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham. Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk wit...

Episode 21 May 2024 29m and 22s


Mike Pompeo: How could Trump end the war in 24 hours?

Mike Pompeo: How could Trump end the war in 24 hours?

Donald Trump’s former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, tells Ukrainecast what his old boss really thinks about Ukraine, and what another Trump presidency could mean for the war.

He also talks about whether he’d take another top job in the White House.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko. It was made by Chris Flynn with Cordelia Hemming Arsenii Sokolov, and Charlie Henry. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The series producer is Tim Walklate. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham. Email Ukrainecast@bbc.co.uk with your questi...

Episode 17 May 2024 26m and 41s


Russia attacks Kharkiv: The new frontline?

Russia attacks Kharkiv: The new frontline?

Russia has launched a surprise offensive into the Kharkiv region, in one of its most significant ground attacks since the start of the war. So is this the start of the much anticipated summer offensive? We hear from Olesiia, a Kharkiv resident, who fled the city with her children, and says the last few days reminds her of the beginning of the full scale invasion. And friend of the podcast, Mark Galeotti, explains why Vladimir Putin has replaced his defence minister with an economist.

Today’s episode is presented by Victoria Derbyshire and Vitaly Shevchenko. The producers we...

Episode 14 May 2024 23m and 9s


Eurovision: How important is it to Ukraine?

Eurovision: How important is it to Ukraine?

What does the competition mean for Ukrainians?

Lucy is joined by Eurovision reporter Daniel Rosney, who is in the Swedish city of Malmo, which plays host to Eurovision's grand final on Saturday.

Tymofii Muzychuk, who won Eurovision in 2022 with the Kalush Orchestra, tells us what life has been like since their performance and why the song contest matters so much to his country.

And we catch up with Ukraine’s Eurovision TV commentator, Timur Miroshnychenko, who will again be covering the competition from a bunker.

Today’s episode is presented by Lucy...

Episode 10 May 2024 30m and 20s

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