Ashley Westerman

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With a trip to Kyiv, NATO foreign ministers underscore their commitment to Ukraine

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

NATO foreign ministers are now meeting in Romania to discuss how to support Ukrainians as they confront a harsh winter and a constant barrage of Russian attacks on critical infrastructure.


Ukrainian women have started learning a crucial war skill: how to fly a drone

Saturday, November 26, 2022

The Female Pilots of Ukraine is the first of its kind in the country at a time when the Ukrainian military has been using drones for reconnaissance and fighting against Russian forces.


Ukrainian troops enter Kherson city after Russia retreats

Friday, November 11, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his forces are taking back Kherson, following Russia's withdrawal from the strategic southern city.


A new school in Kyiv is training women to pilot drones

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

A new school in Kyiv aims to get more women involved in the war effort by putting them in a driver's seat where few have been before: piloting drones.


These families were adopting Ukrainian orphans. Now they have to wait out Russia's war

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Ukraine was the leading country Americans adopted from, but it halted adoptions this year after Russia's invasion. Now many families and children are in limbo.


First, a bridge strategic to Russia was attacked — then came the Ukrainian memes

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Ukrainians celebrated the Saturday attack on a key bridge connecting the Crimean peninsula to mainland Russia by flooding social media with memes, which have become a staple of the conflict.


Russia's invasion of Ukraine has stopped all foreign adoptions of Ukrainian children

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Dozens of American parents who were in the process of adopting children from Ukraine are stuck in limbo as the war with Russia grinds on with no end in sight.


With Ukraine at war, officials hope to bring tourism back to areas away from fighting

Saturday, October 01, 2022

The war displaced millions of Ukrainians. But officials are trying to entice citizens to travel around the country for pleasure again.


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.