BBC News Ukrainian

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BBC Україна
TypeRadio network and website
EndowmentForeign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Key people
Maciek Bernatt-Reschynskyy (Head of Service)[1]
Launch date
Official website

BBC News Ukrainian (Ukrainian: BBC News Україна) is the Ukrainian service of the BBC which conveys the latest political, social, economical and sport news relevant to Ukraine and the world. It started broadcasts in 1992.[1] Its headquarters are in London, United Kingdom.[1] The first BBC Ukrainian program was aired on 1 June 1992. It featured President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and UK Prime Minister John Major.[1] It has had an office in Kyiv since 1993 with around ten staff, in 1993 the office was manned by one correspondent.[2] BBC Ukrainian has a few dozen reporters - both in Ukraine and abroad.[3][4]

From June 2009 BBC Ukrainian aired hourly news broadcasts outside its morning and evening broadcasts.[5] Radio broadcasts ceased on 29 April 2011, leaving only Internet publication.


"Morning with the BBC" and "Good evening from London" were two the most popular programs broadcast directly from the British capital and from Kyiv, the latter was interactive. On Fridays BBC editors invited guests, well known persons in Ukraine, who were specialist in various fields: politicians, analysts, scientists etc. "Morning with the BBC" started at 6 a.m. Kyiv time on weekdays and was broadcast for one hour by Radio Era and other partner stations. It was on air on ultra-short waves in Kharkiv and Kyiv regions.

BBC Ukraine staff[edit]

  • Olga Burda, started her career as a teacher, worked in Donetsk oblast'. She has worked at the leading Ukrainian newspapers and TV channels, and then she became a radio journalist.
  • Alexander Bondarenko, has Diploma in Ukrainian philology, graduate of Lugansk Pedagogical University, worked at several Ukrainian TV channels.
  • Svitlana Dorosh, chief correspondent of BBC-Kiev office, obtained a degree in journalism at the Kyiv National University, she worked in the editors offices of Kiev newspapers, information agencies and radio stations.
  • Anastasia Zanuda is an economist, graduated from Kyiv Institute of National Economy, yet had worked as a translator, and then mastered journalist's skills.
  • Oles' Konoshevych is an international lawyer, graduated from the International Relations Department, Kyiv National University
  • Lubomir Krupnytskyy is a historian by qualification, graduated from Ternopil Pedagogical University. Yet, has a very vast professional experience as a journalist. Before joining the BBC service he worked as a correspondent for a number of well-known Ukrainian newspapers.
  • Svitlana Pyrkalo, producer of the Ukrainian Service, writer, journalist
  • Roman Lebed' was the youngest journalist at BBC-Ukraine, graduated from Lviv State University, before joining BBC he had worked at the local radio in Rivne
  • Olga Makarchuk, has a degree of translator of English and German languages. She worked on television and radio, was correspondent for BBC Ukrainian Service in Germany
  • Marta Shokalo, graduate of Kiev-Mohyla Academy, with a degree in Philosophy, worked at BBC-Ukraine as a journalist


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