Viktor Kovalenko's Blog

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About Author


This blog belongs to Viktor Kovalenko – a former Ukraine’s journalist who lives in the United States.


Graduated from Kyiv Shevchenko University in 1994 in Ukraine with a Master’s degree in journalism, he had a great career in Ukrainian broadcasting at 1+1 TVNovy TV, Espreso TV, Ukrainian version of Catholic EWTN and radio Era. In 2003-2005, he was also a visiting lecturer in international journalism in his Alma Mater.

In 2006, Viktor was a senior PR manager of the press service of the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, and later worked in international communications agencies.

In 2014, when Russia started war against Ukraine, he was conscripted to the Ukrainian army, as an active duty First Lt. With the 40th battalion he took part in combat against combined Russian separatist forces. Viktor wrote more than 20 stories from the front line, which were published in the ‘Ukrainian Week’ magazine (version in Ukrainian) and became known as the ‘Diary of Debaltseve’ (version in English). He communicated this war for leading Western media like Financial Times (interview), Washington Post (interview), British ITV News (interview), British BBC Radio 4 (interview), Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 (interview). Later he was certified as a military press officer by the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.


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, join on Facebook and LinkedIn, or send your message via the form below:


4 thoughts on “About Author

  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 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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