Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post

Isabelle Khurshudyan

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Recent articles by Isabelle:

In Ukraine, a perilous journey to bury a 13-year-old girl

When the war is never far away, and the priests wear body armor, even burying a child is a risk. → Read More

Ukraine regains territory, and crime scene investigators move in

In towns near Kharkiv, police dodge mines and booby-traps to document Russian war crimes → Read More

On an unexpectedly subdued Victory Day, Ukrainians see cause for hope

Instead of a renewed assault, many Ukrainians experienced the quietest day of the war in weeks, fueling a sense of optimism over the war's outcome. → Read More

Ukraine is rebuilding cities as fast as Russia destroyed them

The effort is imbued with a sense of optimism that Ukraine will outlast Russia’s assault. → Read More

In battered Kharkiv, cold, dark basements are the last safe refuge

In one hard-hit neighborhood, 50 people have created a new life underground as the shells fall outside. → Read More

In Ukrainian villages, whispers of collaboration with the Russians

When the Russians came, some people seemed to help them; "the war showed who is who." → Read More

In Kharkiv, a 24-hour shift with paramedics amid Russian shelling

Ambulance crews remain in war zone to help their neighbors. "Who will do this if we don’t?" → Read More

In Zelensky’s blue-collar hometown, praise for the president’s ‘steel’

The southern industrial city of Kryvyi Rih is defiant and preparing for a potential Russian assault. → Read More

As the war moves east, Russia and Ukraine still facing off in Kherson

In strategically key southern region, militaries are dug in and civilians are caught in the middle. → Read More

Clearing the deadly litter of unexploded Russian bombs in Ukraine

The munitions could leave a legacy of fear and destruction long after the war ends. → Read More

Ukrainian fighter pilots in old jets take on better-equipped Russians

Pilots say they are "just targets" in Soviet-era MiG-29s and want allies to send newer planes. → Read More

Mykolaiv region on edge amid fear of a new Russian offensive

A city that has been a symbol of Ukrainian resolve and defiance is preparing for more attacks → Read More

Ukrainians who were under Russian control describe abuse by soldiers

Residents describe theft, beatings, torture and at least one killing of an unarmed civilian at the hands of Russian soldiers. → Read More

Ukraine’s Mykolaiv has held off Russian forces. Bodies are piling up anyway.

"I’m sorry for our guys. We are burying them every day," a local gravedigger says. → Read More

Odessa’s beloved opera house plays starring role in wartime drama

“It deserves to be treated like a living creature," said theater director Nadezhda Babich. "This is the heart of Odessa.” → Read More

Ukraine’s Mykolaiv holds the line against Russian forces and delays assault on Odessa

Southern city has blocked military advances while taunting Russians as "dummies" on social media. → Read More

To evacuate or not? In Odessa, some older residents cannot flee war.

The city is often called “Odessa Mama” — a matriarch who will protect them. → Read More

I always dreamed of visiting my ancestral home of Odessa. But not like this.

Then, when I got in Ukraine on Jan. 23, I started considering what stories I could report from Odessa so I could at last work in a pilgrimage. It wasn’t hard; my job was to write about the lead-up to what the United States was warning would soon be a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Odessa, a large Black Sea port, was an obvious target because of its economic importance to Ukraine. But… → Read More

Ukraine’s venerable Odessa readies for Russia’s brutal push up the Black Sea coast

Russian forces have been hammering ports along the Black Sea. Odessa is in their path. → Read More

A city away from the Russian lines became a haven people fleeing Kharkiv. But for how long?

Dnipro embodies the merciless question across Ukraine: Where is safe? → Read More