Ashley Westerman

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McDonald's reopens in Ukraine, feeding customers' nostalgia — and future hopes

Thursday, September 22, 2022

All of the chain's 100-plus locations in Ukraine closed after Russia invaded in February. Three reopened in Kyiv this week, for delivery only. "It's a nice gift from McDonald's," one customer says.


Their town now freed from Russian occupation, Ukrainians feel shock and joy

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Ukrainian forces liberated the town of Balakliia in a swift counteroffensive against Russia in the east, where retreating Russian troops left behind tanks, captives and an untold number of casualties.


Ukrainians in a recently liberated area talk about their life under Russian control

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The rural town of Balaklia was liberated as part of Ukraine's recent counteroffensive against Russia in the east. NPR was among the first group of journalists to go there.


After 6 months of occupation, a small Ukrainian town has been liberated

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Ukrainian town of Balaklia was the first to be liberated as part of Ukraine's recent counteroffensive. The work to understand what happened there during six months of occupation is just beginning.


Ukrainian forces break through Russia's front lines in the east and retake key towns

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Ukrainian officials claim to have taken Izium, Balakliya and Kupiansk — all of which have been controlled by Russian forces for months.


Secretary of State Blinken makes an unannounced visit to Ukraine

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Antony Blinken is on a trip to Kyiv, where he visited a children's hospital and met with U.S. Embassy staff. He is expected to announce another $2 billion in aid to help Ukraine in Russia's invasion.


War has decimated tourism in Ukraine, but people are still determined to travel

Monday, September 05, 2022

The Carpathian Mountains are a wildly popular domestic getaway spot for Ukrainians in the summer. But Russia's invasion has deeply affected the tourism industry there this year.


As inspectors leave Ukraine's nuclear plant, the mayor of a nearby town has high hopes

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov speaks to NPR about the risks of attacks and nuclear disaster with Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia plant under Russian occupation.


What it's like for Ukrainians working at a nuclear plant under Russian occupation

Monday, August 29, 2022

Andriy Tuz was at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant when it came under Russian control. Now in Switzerland, the plant's ex-spokesman talks about his ordeal leaving and how remaining Ukrainians are doing.


6 key numbers that reveal the staggering impact of Russia's war in Ukraine

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Russia invaded Ukraine six months ago. In that time, thousands of people have been killed, cities destroyed, millions of people displaced and the Ukrainian economy has been battered.


Work goes on inside a Ukrainian nuclear power plant amid threats of Russian bombs

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Andriy Tuz was at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant when it came under Russian control in March. Now in Switzerland, Tuz talks about work and life at the complex under Russian occupation.


Ukraine's first lady posed for 'Vogue' and sparked discussion on how to #SitLikeAGirl

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska was criticized for her pose on the cover of the famous fashion magazine. People are coming to her defense to challenge stereotypes about women.


Ukrainians express worries over conscription following Russia's invasion

Monday, August 15, 2022

After Russia's invasion, Ukraine announced martial law in February and issued a travel ban, so most men couldn't leave the country. Many have since felt trapped and worry they'll be drafted to fight.


'Vogue' cover of Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska sparks debate and controversy

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska was criticized for not looking ladylike in a recent Vogue photoshoot. Her supporters pushed back, creating an online campaign asking what it means to #SitLikeAGirl.


Philippine Supreme Court petition seeks to cancel candidacy of President-elect Marcos

Friday, May 20, 2022

The petition, filed Tuesday, seeks to disqualify Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s candidacy post-election on the grounds that he lied about not committing any crimes — a requirement to run for president.


Tina Kotek's win comes amid a wave of LGBTQ candidates running for office

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Kotek won her state's Democratic primary on Tuesday. If she wins the general election later this year, she will become the country's first openly lesbian governor.


In a visit to Buffalo, President Biden denounces white supremacy as a poison

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The president visited the supermarket where last weekend's deadly shooting took place, then forcefully denounced white supremacy and the racist "Replacement" theory that inspired the shooter.


Did you see the Super Flower Blood Moon last night? It was stunning

Monday, May 16, 2022

South America and much of the continental United States had the best view of Sunday night's lunar eclipse, which lasted nearly five hours.


Samoa locks down after recording its first community COVID-19 case

Friday, March 18, 2022

A 29-year-old woman tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday during routine testing before boarding an international flight.


Convictions of Cambodian opposition leaders draws criticism from rights groups

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Human rights advocates have decried the accusations as "baseless" and say the trial is meant to sideline political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than 30 years.