Joanna Kakissis

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Mariupol theater bombing was a clear war crime, Amnesty International says

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hundreds of civilians were sheltering in the drama theater during the March siege of Mariupol, the southern Ukrainian port city that Russian troops destroyed and now occupy.


A Russian body left for weeks outside Kyiv is 1 of many unclaimed in the Ukraine war

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

A Russian soldier's forgotten body is discovered in a liberated village north of Kyiv, setting off emotions and an inquest — as Russia refuses to acknowledge many of its war dead.


This secretive network helps Ukrainian refugees find abortions in Europe

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Ukraine has very liberal abortion laws. In Poland, it is almost entirely illegal. Millions of Ukrainians discovered this when they fled the war in their home country and crossed the Polish border.


These Belarusians join the fight against Russia, defying their Moscow-backed regime

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Belarusians who see their country's fate as linked to Ukraine's victory are joining an anti-Kremlin resistance that includes activists, ex-spies and a Belarusian brigade fighting for Ukraine.


Russia aims to capitalize on controlling the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol

Friday, May 20, 2022

More than a thousand soldiers were evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant, and Russia is consolidating control of Mariupol. It is making plans to annex the southwestern parts of the country.


Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from steel plant to Russian-held territory

Monday, May 16, 2022

It's unclear if the soldiers have been taken prisoner or are under the protection of the U.N., but a Ukrainian official says they would be able to return home after a prisoner exchange with Russia.


Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest, perhaps Europe's biggest musical competition. NPR's Joanna Kakissis was watching with Ukrainians in Dnipro.


At least 50 people have been killed in an airstrike on a school in eastern Ukraine

Sunday, May 08, 2022

And in Mariupol, women, children and elderly civilians have been evacuated from the steel mill. Officials continue to work on humanitarian corridors for the rest of the city.


Families of Ukrainian soldiers in the Mariupol steel plant plead for an evacuation

Saturday, May 07, 2022

In the catacombs of a steel plant in Mariupol, Ukrainian soldiers stage a last stand against Russian occupation as their wives plead with aid groups to evacuate them along with civilians.


How a massive steel plant became the center of Ukraine's resistance in Mariupol

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The final battle for Mariupol is taking place inside the Azovstal steel plant, a massive coastal complex in the besieged city. Hundreds of civilians are still trapped inside, officials say.


Evacuees from Mariupol describe how they survived inside the Azovstal steel plant

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

"Like the apocalypse, like a horror film," is how one evacuee describes weeks of sheltering in the vast, Soviet-era steel plant. Her daughter says, "Each day felt like it would be our last one alive."


Civilians and soldiers remain trapped in a Mariupol steel plant

Monday, May 02, 2022

More civilians are being evacuated Monday from a steel facility in Mariupol, Ukraine. But thousands of soldiers remain, many of whom are injured and have been holed up for weeks.


After three months of conflict, the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is devastated

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Heavy fighting continues in the north and south of Ukraine. The U.N. Secretary General was in Kyiv this week to try to set up evacuation routes from the besieged city of Mariupol.


Polish farmers along the Ukraine border have stepped in to help source war equipment

Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Polish farming town on the Ukrainian border has organized weekly shipments of protective equipment to exhausted Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline.


What Russia cutting off energy to Poland and Bulgaria means for the world

Thursday, April 28, 2022

It was seen as a way for Russia to prop up its currency and retaliate for Western sanctions, but it could cause global energy prices to spike. One analyst sees it as a warning to the rest of Europe.


Russia cuts gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Russia's state-run gas company has cut supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. At the heart of this move: the war in Ukraine, the sanctions imposed by the West, and Russia's attempts to wriggle free of them.


Russia halts gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria, hitting back at Europe over sanctions

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The move was widely seen as an effort to prop up the ruble and strike back at Europe amid an onslaught of Western penalties levied against Russian banks.


Polish women band together to give Ukrainian women car rides to safe refuge

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Spooked by reports that traffickers are waiting at the Ukraine-Poland border, a Polish woman started an all-women car service to drive Ukrainian refugee women and children to homes or shelters.


Poland readies its defense as Russia moves east

Sunday, April 17, 2022

As the war in Ukraine continues, Poles are joining their nation's military and packing shooting ranges in case they need to defend Poland from Russia, despite Poland's membership in NATO.


Krakow, Poland's second-largest city, strains to accommodate Ukrainian refugees

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

More than 150,000 displaced Ukrainians now live in Krakow, increasing the population by 20% in just a few weeks. Now the city is helping them find long-term housing, jobs and spots in schools.