We are the Kyiv Independent, Ukraine’s leading English-language media outlet, reporting 24/7 on Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine. Ask Us Anything!
The Kyiv Independent was founded by the former editorial team of the Kyiv Post — 30 journalists and editors who were fired in November last year by the newspaper’s owner for defending editorial independence.
Three months into our existence, Russia launched its brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Though all our lives were upturned in some way or another, we continued to report on Russia’s attempt to destroy the Ukrainian nation, becoming the most-trusted local English-language source on the ground with over 2 million followers on Twitter. Our coverage has won international recognition, with our Editor-in-Chief Olga Rudenko appearing on the cover of TIME magazine.
In a war that will be decisive for the future of Europe and the post-war world order, our team has reported from Kyiv and the front lines on the ebb and flow of the fighting, Russian torture chambers, massacres, as well as uncomfortable questions of corruption and abuse of power in parts of the Ukrainian military and government. Feel free to ask us about any of it, and about how the war looks to be developing into winter and through 2023.
We are funded entirely by our community of readers, which allows us to maintain complete editorial independence.
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Update: It's almost 1am in Kyiv, where power has been out all day thanks to this morning's Iranian drone strikes. Thank you for all the incredible questions, hopefully we can get to a few more tomorrow morning.