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World and national security reporter @politico covering Russia's war in Ukraine. 12+ years in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. DM for Signal.
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May 9 7 tweets 4 min read
Mass graves are still being found over a month after Russia's retreat from Kyiv region, underscoring the scale of atrocities committed by Vladimir Putin’s forces here in Ukraine.

For @politico, I interviewed family, friends of 5 men killed in 3 instances.… Russian soldiers detained & tortured Dmytro for no reason. He was riding his bike with his Serhiy. The Russians shot Dmytro in the legs & arms & then in the head 4 times. They didn’t shoot Serhiy; they broke his spine in many places then snapped his neck.…
May 8 8 tweets 2 min read
Happening now: Svyatoslav Palamar, second in command of the Azov Regiment in Mariupol, and Illia Samoilenko, an Azov Regiment lieutenant, are speaking to journalists from inside the Azovstal plant via Zoom. They paint a dire picture of the situation there. Azov Lt. Samoilenko lays into Ukrainian authorities saying “the government failed the defense of Mariupol.” He says officials “have been sabotaging the defense of Ukraine for the last eight years.” He refers to all authorities since 2014.
May 4 4 tweets 3 min read
Spring's in full swing and with the Russians out of Kyiv Oblast, a small semblance of normalcy has returned to Ukraine's capital. But there's also a false sense of security. As the missiles that hit last week and killed journalist Vira Hyrych show, Russia can still attack here. Kyiv's monument to Princess Olga remains sandbagged on St. Michael's Square to keep it safe from Russian bombs. Moscow isn't just trying to seize control of Ukraine, it's trying to destroy its culture. Read @JGedeon1's story about destruction of landmarks:…
Apr 24 5 tweets 3 min read
I can confirm via Ukrainian administration source that Secretary of Defense Austin & Secretary of State Blinken have met in Kyiv with President Zelensky, the first visit by US officials since Russia’s full-scale invasion. No media was present. Now we await details of the meeting. Ukraine’s President Zelensky has published photos of himself with US Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin in Kyiv Sunday and said their visit “at this crucial moment for the Ukrainian state is very valuable and important.”
Apr 23 5 tweets 2 min read
2 Russian cruise missiles struck Odesa this afternoon, while 2 others were shot down. 5 people killed, 18 injured. Info via Ukraine's Southern Operational Command, which said missiles were launched by Russian aircraft from Caspian Sea, and Zelensky's chief of staff @AndriyYermak. Yermak: "Among those killed is a three-month-old baby. A child who was supposed to celebrate their first Easter with their parents."

No Easter ceasefire. While Russia refocuses its offensive in the Donbas, it continues to pound other areas of Ukraine with missiles.
Apr 18 9 tweets 2 min read
A major Russian offensive has begun in the Donbas. Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of @NSDC_ua: "This morning, an active phase of the Russian offensive began almost along the entire frontline [in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv regions]. The occupiers tried to break through our defenses." .@GeneralStaffUA also reported "signs of the beginning of an offensive operation in the Eastern Operational Zone." It said Russian forces intensified attacks near Izyum & Sloviansk, as well as around Severodonetsk & Popasna, & in the direction of Kurakhove & Zaporizhzhia areas.
Apr 14 4 tweets 1 min read
Awaiting further confirmation but Maksym Marchenko, head of Odesa Regional Military Admin, claims Ukrainian Neptun missiles earlier today hit Russian cruiser "Moskva" of the Black Sea fleet. You may recall it as the warship that Kyiv's Snake Island defenders told to "fuck off." This might be as close to confirmation as is possible right now from the Russian side that Moskva was hit. RIA state news agency says a fire on board and the warship was “seriously damaged.”
Apr 12 4 tweets 2 min read
!! President Zelensky just published this photo of Viktor Medvedchuk, Putin pal and Ukrainian pro-Russian politician, cuffed and dressed in Ukrainian uniform. He says the security service nabbed him in a “special operation.” He had been on the run after breaking house arrest. Here’s what an aide to Medvedchuk told me three days after Russia’s full-scale invasion.
Apr 8 15 tweets 5 min read
Warning: graphic. Horrific images & reports from Kramatorsk train station where state railway company board chairman Oleksandr Kamyshin says more than 30 people killed, 100+ others injured in a Russian rocket attack. 1000s of civilians fleeing the Donbas were there. 🎥: Kamyshin At least one Tochka-U rocket struck the Kramatorsk train station, according to Oleksandr Kamyshin of the state railway company. He said the attacked damaged infrastructure and forced the station closed. Nearby Slovyansk just a few km north is still working. 📸 via Kamyshin
Apr 2 6 tweets 3 min read
Ukrainian photojournalist Max Levin, our friend and colleague, was found dead April 1, killed by Russian forces near Kyiv. I knew Max, a father of 4, since we began covering the war in 2014. He was brave, talented, and dedicated to covering this story. I can’t believe he’s gone. Max Levin. Remember his name and his incredible work. Max narrowly escaped death as one of four embedded Ukrainian journalists covering the battle for Ilovaisk in 2014. He wrote about their escape here:…
Mar 31 5 tweets 2 min read
Zelensky speaks of the strength and endurance of Ukrainians in latest late night address but also that Russia is “moving away from areas where we are beating them to focus on others that are very important. On those where it can be difficult for us.” Zelensky: “We endured much more than the enemy expected. They said we would fall in three or five days. They thought that this would be enough for them to seize our entire state. And it’s already 36 days. And we are standing. And we will continue to fight.”
Mar 31 6 tweets 1 min read
At press briefing now: @PentagonPresSec says US sees Russia repositioning troops around Kyiv and Chernobyl. Likely going to Belarus to resupply before being redeployed to other locations. Kirby on the Russian invasion: We don't think they properly planned for logistics and sustainment for the operation. If they didn't they didn't do it very well.

"You've got to credit the Ukrainians for some real dexterity," Kirby says.
Mar 25 8 tweets 2 min read
Potential shift in Russia's military operation after month of things going very wrong for Moscow & fierce Ukrainian resistance: General Staff says not ruling out "storming" Kyiv, Kharkiv, other key cities but with 1st phase complete will focus on "complete liberation of Donbas"🧵 Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of Russia's General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy claims the "special military operation" ordered by Putin had two "options": Limit operation to Donbas or attack across all Ukraine...
Mar 19 5 tweets 3 min read
“We are no longer businessmen, bar owners, rock stars for the next I don’t know how many days. We are soldiers.”

From a Kyiv pizzeria-turned-police-unit-base, my profile of BoomBox frontman Andriy Khlyvnyuk. With photos by @Kiehart.… via @BuzzFeedNews Andriy Khlyvnyuk is one of many Ukrainian celebrities, including pop icons, tennis stars, ballet dancers, playwrights, and top chefs, who have pushed pause on their old lives and joined their country’s fight for freedom. 📸: @Kiehart…
Mar 18 5 tweets 2 min read
Russian missiles struck an aircraft repair facility in Lviv just before dawn. Lviv has been thought of as a safe haven but this first attack in the city and one last week at the int’l training center in nearby Yavoriv has ppl feeling that nowhere is safe. Lviv Mayor Sadoviy said the building was destroyed by the missile strikes. The factory had already halted work “so there are no human casualties at present,” he said. Rescuers and emergency service workers have been on site all morning.
Mar 13 4 tweets 2 min read
Meanwhile on the eastern front, a Ukrainian lieutenant colonel I just spoke to says his unit near Avdiivka is “really not good. Under fire everyday. 5 hurt.”

Russian army is pounding them with “tanks, planes, mortars, canons… big shells. We haven’t such firepower.” The Ukrainian lieutenant colonel says they have gotten reinforcements but “not enough.” Western aid isn’t reaching them at all or fast enough. “We need close sky,” he says, referring to the no-fly zone Kyiv wants the West to impose.
Mar 13 11 tweets 3 min read
Day 18 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine begins with more attacks. Lviv’s mayor’s office confirms to me that there was a missile strike on Yavoriv’s military facilities before daybreak. Yavoriv is a military town 10 miles from Poland and home to an international training facility. I was in Yavoriv in early February to see Florida National Guard train Ukrainian forces at the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security, where NATO forces have trained with Ukrainian counterparts for years.
Mar 11 4 tweets 2 min read
Morning in Ukraine brings reports of more devastating Russian strikes and troop movements across the country. While Ukrainian forces have done a hell of a job, the Russians are slowly advancing and trying to pound cities into submission. This video shows a strike in Lutsk, NW. This video shows an air strike on eastern Dnipro, a city with a large military presence and home to Ukraine’s legendary rocket factory, just before 6am this morning. Ukrainian authorities report at least one person killed.
Mar 10 6 tweets 2 min read
LATEST: Ukrainian Foreign Minister @DmytroKuleba speaking after meeting with Russian FM Lavrov. "Russia is not in a position at this point to establish a ceasefire. They seek a surrender from Ukraine. This is not what they're going to get. Ukraine is strong, Ukraine is fighting." Kuleba continued: "Ukraine made Russia's initial plans fail. We are seeking a diplomatic solution to this war. But we will not surrender."
Mar 8 6 tweets 4 min read
Ukrainians Fleeing The Russian Bombing In Irpin Said Enemy Troops Are Now Moving Into Their Abandoned Homes

Our dispatch from Irpin today. With @IKoshiw and 📸 photos by @Kiehart.… via @BuzzFeedNews “Rockets! Get down!” a Ukrainian soldier barked at the endless queue of fleeing people. Some of them dropped to the ground, but many were just too exhausted to move in any direction other than another step forward.…
Mar 7 5 tweets 1 min read
New Zelensky address: “There is no blood on our flag. There are no and will never be black spots on it. There are no and will never be any swastikas on it. The Ukrainian flag is the land. Peaceful, fertile, golden and without tanks… So it was. And so it will be.” Zelensky: “We never wanted this war. But it was brought to us. We never dreamed of killing. But we have to knock out the enemy from our land and from our lives. We have to endure what no other European country has seen in 80 years.”