David L. Stern

Kyiv, Ukraine

David L. Stern has worked for news outlets in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia. He has lived in Ukraine since 2009, covering the 2014 Maidan revolution, war in the country’s east and now Russia’s 2022 invasion.
Latest from David L. Stern

Despite war, Ukraine allows Russian oil and gas to cross its territory

Even after a brutal invasion and tens of thousands of war dead, Ukraine insists it must maintain some commercial ties with Russia because European neighbors need the energy supplies.

May 24, 2023

Bowing to pressure, Biden relents on F-16s to Ukraine

Kyiv now appears in line to get F-16 fighter jets by the fall, as Washington agrees to let other nations send them into battle.

May 19, 2023

Ukraine says Patriot air defense system not destroyed

Moscow claimed to destroy one of two sophisticated Patriot air defense systems in Ukraine but Kyiv disputed the account. A U.S. official said one system was damaged but operational.

May 17, 2023

Ukraine intercepts missiles as Russia steps up strikes on Kyiv

Russia fired a fearsome overnight barrage of missiles at Kyiv. A Patriot air defense system was damaged in the strike.

May 16, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Explosions heard in Kyiv; Russia has used hundreds of Iranian-supplied drones in Ukraine, White House says

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Britain and met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday as part of a whirlwind tour of European countries.

May 15, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Battle for Bakhmut intensifies; U.S. authorizes transfer of forfeited Russian assets to Ukraine

Ukraine needs more time before launching its long-anticipated spring counteroffensive against Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

May 11, 2023

Ukraine achieving some success in besieged Bakhmut, Russia says

Russian and Ukrainian forces engaged in heavy fighting in the eastern city, officials of both countries said, but accounts differed on whether it was the start of Kyiv’s much-anticipated spring counteroffensive.

May 11, 2023

Pro-Kremlin writer wounded in car explosion in Russia

A car bomb wounded Russian nationalist writer Zakhar Prilepin and killed one person in the western Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia authorities said.

May 6, 2023

Ukraine says it shot down hypersonic Russian missile with Patriot system

Russia's hypersonic missile Kinzhal travels five times faster than the speed of sound — and until now had been unstoppable by Ukraine.

May 6, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: Head of Russia’s Wagner mercenaries lashes out at Moscow; drone attacks target Russian oil refinery

Yevgeniy Prigozhin said he would withdraw his forces from Bakhmut on May 10, the day after Russia’s Victory Day military parade, due to insufficient ammunition.

May 5, 2023