Podcasts on Ukraine

Since Russia launched its deadly and ill-judged invasion on February 24, Ukraine has dominated the headlines – and the podcasts too. Several podcast channels offer regular, weekly, or even daily updates on what’s happening on the battle- and other fronts, while others provide essential background knowledge on Ukraine, its country, history, identity, etc.


Below you will find an overview of the main Ukraine podcasts – in English, Dutch and other languages: click on the hyperlinked titles. If you wish to suggest other podcasts on Ukraine which we may have overlooked, please let us know via this e-mail address.  


U vindt hieronder een overzicht van de belangrijkste podcasts over de oorlog in Oekraïne en over Oekraïne in het algemeen, in het Engels, Nederlands, en andere talen: klik op de hyperlinks in de titels. Mochten we er eentje over het hoofd hebben gezien, dan kunt u ons daarop wijzen via dit e-mailadres.  



Regular podcasts: 


Battleground: Ukraine

Following a first series on the 1982 Falklands War, military historians Patrick Bishop and Saul David discuss the latest developments in the war in Ukraine. Each episode includes an interview with a guest commentator. 


BNR Perestrojkast

Niet alleen over Oekraïne, maar wel de enige podcast in Nederland die geheel gewijd is aan het vroegere Oostblok (dwz. alles achter de Elbe). Tweewekelijks gepresenteerd door Oost-Europajournalisten Geert Jan Hahn en Floris Akkerman.

(in Dutch)


Boekestijn en De Wijk

Sinds het begin van de Russische invasie biedt deze podcast, naast de reguliere wekelijkse lange aflevering over internationale zaken, ook een dagelijkse update over de ontwikkelingen op het slagveld en de internationale gevolgen daarvan. Soms met enig olijk pessimisme danwel realisme gepresenteerd door Arend Jan Boekestijn (oud-VVD Kamerlid, Universiteit Utrecht) en Rob de Wijk (The Hague Centre of Strategic Studies), elke dag behalve zondag.

(in Dutch)


Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Podcast

Zoom and video lectures on various academic subjects in Ukrainian studies, by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies  of the Department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University, UK.


Doomsday Watch with Arthur Snell

Former UK diplomat Arthur Snell explores the geopolitical threats of tomorrow with various experts. Lately, most episodes focus on the war in Ukraine.


Explaining Ukraine

In this podcast series for multimedia project Ukraine World, philosopher and journalist Volodymyr Yermolenko and his guests discuss developments in the battlefield and in Ukraine, as well as broader political, historical and cultural backgrounds of the conflict.


Flashpoint Ukraine

Podcast show by Voice of America with latest developments, interviews and analysis on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Aired every weekday.


In Moscow’s Shadows

Actually, as the title indicates, this podcast and blog by British Kremlinologist and Russian security Mark Galeotti is more about the power struggles that are going in and around the Kremlin. But in doing so, it provides a good insight into Russian machinations that determine the course of the war in Ukraine.


New Books in Ukrainian Studies

A very welcome new subsection of the New Books Network, that offers in-depth interviews with academicians who talk about their latest book. Previous episodes on Ukrainian themes were broadcast in the section New Books in Eastern European Studies but have now been included in this new podcast.


Power Lines: From Ukraine to the World

A new podcast, started by news platform The Kyiv Independent in September 2022, that offers discussions and analyses on current events and global consequences of the war in Ukraine. The first programmes were devoted to broader themes as identity and history.


The Power Vertical

Long-standing weekly show on developments in the former Eastern Bloc countries by Brian Whitmore – first for Radio Free Europe, then for the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), and now in association with the Atlantic Council. Now focuses mainly on the war in Ukraine which experts from the US and the region.


The Russia-Ukraine War report

Daily pod news coverage by Malcontent News with analysis and assessments on the battlefront in Ukraine, geopolitics, economics, and human impact.


Solutions from Ukraine

A positive focus on solutions for the many problems that Ukrainians are facing since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. How Ukrainians are coping with displacement, reconstruction, the recovery of business, education, etc.  


State of Ukraine

Very short sound clips on every weekday with a brief overview of latest events in the war, by the US National Public Radio NPR.


Streitkräfte und Strategien #Ukraine

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this podcast by German broadcaster NDR provides updates on what’s happening on the battlefield in Ukraine, as well as views on other developments related to the war, notably on German policies.

(in German)


Talk Eastern Europe

A production from the magazine New Eastern Europe https://neweasterneurope.eu, devoted to all countries in this region, with extra attention to the war between Ukraine and Russia since the start of the conflict.


Ukraine decoded

Podcast by Ukrainian former journalist, diplomat and veteren Victor Kovalenko, with expert discussions about Ukraine, the Russian war, US national security, and Europe. 


Ukraine: The latest

Daily podcast from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph with comments and analysis on latest events in the war and developments that lie behind them.


Ukraine without hype

Ukrainian-run, English-language podcast covering the biggest stories from Ukraine and the region. Now mainly about the war.



BBC podcast with reportages and backgrounds on the war in Ukraine. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Ukrainian Spaces

Chatty discussions by and with Ukrainians on the war and developments in their country, aimed at amplifying the diversity of Ukrainian voices & decolonizing Ukraine conversations.


Voices of Ukraine

Podcast from Columbia University's Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East Europan Studies with firsthand accounts of Ukrainian lives that were upended by the war.


Voordat de bom valt

Ruslandkenner en journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius praat je elke dinsdag bij over de oorlog in Oekraïne en de situatie in Rusland. Met informatie uit lokale media, persoonlijke anekdotes, hoopvolle berichten in donkere tijden en interviews met spraakmakende gasten.

(in Dutch)


War on the Rocks

An American podcast on military affairs in general, but lately with many expert episodes on the Ukrainian battlefield.



Episodic and thematic podcasts:


Besieged: a podcast about Putin's invasion of Ukraine

Series of seven podcast episodes that delve into various aspects of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, a.o. hosting a refugee from Ukraine, attitudes in the Middle East, le Pen's attitude to Putin, etc. Recorded in March-May 2022 by the English University of Loughborough.


Global Minds for Ukraine

A series of podcasts recorded in May 2022 by the Kyiv School of Economics: interviews with high-level guests such as US historian Timothy Snyder, author Anne Appelbaum, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek a.o. (More presentations can be found on KSE’s YouTube channel.)


Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine

Series of lectures given in the fall of 2022 at Yale University by historian Timothy Snyder. He offers an extensive and comprehensive overview of Ukraine's history, with many incisive cross-references that puts Ukraine within the frame of European and global history. The filmed lectures can also be viewed on YouTube.

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