Established in 2014 as a Facebook page, we started out by providing unbiased first-hand information in English from Kharkiv in response to Russia’s worldwide disinformation campaign against Ukraine. We have gradually developed into an independent online publication. The Kharkiv Observer provides news and opinions from Ukraine’s second largest city to a global audience. We are proud to cooperate and partner with the local community leaders, NGOs and socially responsible businesses.

In 2016 the International Renaissance Foundation supported the launch of the Kharkiv Observer website.

We believe that Kharkiv is destined to become a global city with an international voice. Having a population of 1.4 million, Kharkiv is the 16th largest city in Europe and is considered by many to be a center of manufacturing and academia.

Accordingly, the Kharkiv Observer aims to:
– serve as a reliable platform for shaping a new discourse for Kharkiv as a global city and a city of change,
– introduce new trends and ideas both on Ukrainian and global scale.

The Kharkiv Observer is seeking partners willing to jointly explore themes requiring media coverage in English.


Tatyana Chernetska

Anastasiya Makarenko
co-founder, operations, editor

Taras Danko
co-founder, development, editor

Olena Sokolynska

Iryna Klymenko

Kate Litvinova

Natalia Ivanona

Victoria Sklyarova

Marina Kosenko

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Our team is grateful to our friends and supporters who have helped us at different stages in our development. Joe Plommer began informally collaborating with us in fall 2015, and in March 2016 was appointed to mentor the team as we prepared to expand from a social media page to a website. He also edited much of our content from July to October 2016. John O’Brien, an active American volunteer in Kharkiv has offered both proofreading and editing. David Belford has also provided editing assistance and original content. They have all given us valuable advice and critique.