Tim Mak

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An infamous Russian unit that downed a civilian plane in 2014 was active in Ukraine

Saturday, March 18, 2023

A secretive Russian military unit, known for its part in the deaths of hundreds of civilians on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly a decade ago, was fighting in eastern Ukraine, NPR uncovered.


NPR investigates Russia's notorious 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade has been blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths even before the invasion of Ukraine. The brigade's former headquarters has been tracked to a liberated region of Ukraine.


Ukraine alleges that Putin was involved in 2014 Malaysia passenger jet downing

Friday, February 10, 2023

Investigators into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine alleged this week that Putin was directly involved. The incident led to 298 civilian deaths from 16 countries.


What it's like to spend a winter in the trenches, according to Ukrainian soldiers

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Ukrainian soldiers in the country's northeast describe winter living conditions in their trenches, in advance of a possible springtime Russian offensive.


Foreign businesses in Ukraine, such as Uber, look ahead to a post-war Ukraine

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi visited Ukraine to imagine how the company might eventually operate after peace is established, and the economic opportunities that might create.


People in Odesa try to do business even after Russian attacks leave them in the dark

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Ukrainian officials in Odesa say the local economy has contracted 40% since the war began. The shutdown of the local ports and unreliable electricity have forced businesses to adapt.


On Christmas, Ukraine's Orthodox Christians try to find solace

Saturday, January 07, 2023

NPR's Tim Mak is in Ukraine as people there celebrate their first Christmas since the invasion.


Russian President Putin orders a temporary cease-fire in Ukraine

Friday, January 06, 2023

Putin instructed his defense minister to order a temporary cease-fire in Ukraine over Orthodox Christmas. Ukraine accuses Russia of trying to buy time to replenish its stocks along the front lines.


Russian air attacks continue to target Ukraine's energy infrastructure

Monday, January 02, 2023

Russia and Ukraine are both claiming Russian casualties following a missile attack on the occupied Donetsk region. The attack came as Russian forces targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure.


Russia launches a wave of missiles at Ukraine in a massive New Year's Eve air attack

Saturday, December 31, 2022

At least one person was killed and several injured in Kyiv after Russia launched a new wave of missiles against the capital and other cities across Ukraine.


Ukraine marks the end of a year almost entirely spent under attack

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Russia conducted its largest series of airstrikes against Ukraine since mid-December, aimed at critical infrastructure. It's the latest salvo targeting Ukrainian power and water supplies.


Russia is finishing the year with continued strikes on Ukraine's electrical grid

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Lights flickered or went out in some Ukrainian cities Thursday. More than 300 days into the war, airstrikes and power outages have become part of life. Where do things stand as the year winds down?


Why Christmas in Ukraine may be celebrated on Dec. 25 or Jan. 7

Friday, December 23, 2022

Even the day that Christmas falls on is a matter of vigorous dispute in Ukraine. In the context of the ongoing war with Russia, the question has taken on new meaning.


Zelenskyy visits Washington to meet with Biden and address Congress

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes a dramatic visit to Washington, while his country is at war, for meetings at the White House and address Congress.


Russia launches new wave of air attacks across Ukraine

Friday, December 16, 2022

Regional military administrators across the country say Russia launched more than 70 missiles targeting at least 10 of Ukraine's 24 regions.


There have been 50,000 alleged war crimes in Ukraine. We worked to solve one

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Investigators in Ukraine have opened more than 50,000 inquiries into alleged Russian war crimes since the war began. NPR looked into the death of one man to show the challenges investigators face.


A look into one of 50 thousand war crimes under investigation in Ukraine

Thursday, December 08, 2022

There are 50 thousand war crimes under investigation in Ukraine. NPR looked into just one case — the death of a man — and what it might take to find justice.


Ukrainians prep for winter. If Russia hits heating systems, cities will freeze

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

The temperatures in the Ukrainian capital have been in the 70s lately. But as summer wanes, residents are already preparing for a harsh winter ahead.


Seeing parallels, doctors apply lessons from Syria to their work in Ukraine

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Doctors who have worked in two modern war zones — Syria and Ukraine — are seeing the same gruesome tactics and injuries brought about by Russian military action.


From warehouses to the frontlines: How Ukraine's forces are getting drones

Monday, August 22, 2022

Pound for pound, perhaps no piece of equipment is more valuable on the Ukrainian battlefield than lightweight, remote-controlled drones, which volunteers are bringing to the frontlines in the east.