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One year of civilian life on the frontline of Ukraine’s war

Sky News sought out Ukrainians who could record their experiences in war-torn Ukraine after Russia invaded it on February 24, 2022.

Oksana Koshel, Ilyas Verdiev and Seva Koshel, have been recording audio voice recordings for Sky News Ukraine War Diaries podcast for almost a year. Their diaries have been listened to nearly 4 million times.

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Ilyas, an IT professional, lives in Kyiv. His wife Natalia, and their two sons, fled to Poland during the conflict.


Oksana works as a married professional. She also resides in Kyiv. Seva, her husband is a CEO of a company and a military volunteer.

Ilyas and Oksana have witnessed extraordinary events during 12 months of war.

Image Ilyas crossing the Polish border transporting cars to the Ukrainian military

In the case of Ilyas, drone attacks led to death.

Storycast: More

Oksana: The aftermath of war crimes

Conversations surrounding the brutal killing of comrades in the case Seva.

Image Oksana

They record the extraordinary and the everyday every week using their smart phones.

To mark one year since Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ilyas and Oksana join forces for the first time to meet in a group setting. They share their experiences and look ahead to the future.

Click here to listen to their conversations.

Image Seva taken during a supply drop for a Ukrainian tank battalion at Bakhmut


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