About Author

This blog belongs to Viktor Kovalenko – a former Ukraine broadcasting news journalist and editor, who also was a university lecturer, a PR and marketing specialist, and served in the Ukrainian Army as an officer.


Graduated from Kyiv National Shevchenko University in 1994 in Ukraine with a Master’s degree in journalism, he had a long-term and successful career as a journalist, editor, analyst, producer, translator in the Ukrainian broadcasting news at 1+1 TVNovy TV, Espreso TV, Era Radio and the Ukrainian version of EWTN.

In 2003-2005, he was a visiting lecturer in international journalism in Kyiv National Shevchenko University.

In 2006, Viktor worked as a senior PR manager of the press service of the President of Ukraine, and later – in PR agencies.

In 2014-2015, when Russia launched military assault on Ukraine, he was conscripted to the Ukrainian Armed Forces as a First Lieutenant. With the 40th infantry battalion he took part in combat in eastern Ukraine defending his homeland from the Russian army and separatist forces. Viktor wrote more than 20 war stories from the front lines, which had been published in the ‘Ukrainian Week’ magazine (in Ukrainian) and became known as the ‘Diary of Debaltseve’ (version in English). He communicated this war for Financial Times (interview), Washington Post (interview), British ITV News (interview), British BBC Radio 4 (interview), Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 (interview), etc. He’s certified as a military press officer by the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.

Since 2016, Viktor lives in the United States.


All posts in this blog reflect author’s personal opinion. This blog also has posts in the Ukrainian language, published in 2010-2014.


You can follow Viktor on Twitter @MrKovalenko or send your message to him via the form below:



  1. Hello Viktor. Thank you for your interest on my meanderings on Twitter. Its funny really: I am Norwegian, living in Poland after Sweden, USA, Canada and Norway:) It would seem we have some things in common, i.e. the need to observe people and politics. I have also launched a new site at http://www.viewfinder1.eu I’d be interested in the views of a proper journalist from Ukraina, honestly. (I am industrial designer, myself)

    All the best,
    Eric Remøe
    Torun, Poland

    Liked by 1 person

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