Olena Harmash
For Olena Harmash's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Trucks are seen as Ukrainian hauliers take part in an round-the-clock counter-demonstration against the blockade of the border by Polish protesters on Feb. 20.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 1, 2024
Companies in Ukraine see problems pile up, but most tough it out
"The war has taught us to respond flexibly"
Almost two years into the grinding war, Ukrainians are coming to terms with the prospect of a much longer and costlier conflict than they had hoped for, and one that some now acknowledge they're not guaranteed to win.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 28, 2023
Ukraine strains to bolster its army as war fatigue weighs
Ukrainians are coming to terms with the prospect of a much longer conflict than they had hoped for and one they may not win.
Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Vice-Admiral Viktor Sokolov in September 2022
Sep 26, 2023
Ukraine says Russian Black Sea Fleet commander killed
If confirmed, Viktor Sokolov's killing would be one of Kyiv's most significant strikes on Crimea.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2023
However war ends, Ukraine's diminished population will hit economy for years
Studies by the United Nations refugee agency show the vast majority of displaced Ukrainians want to return one day, but only around 1 in 10 plan to do so soon.
Japan Times
May 8, 2023
Hypersonic Russian missile downed using U.S. air-defense system, Ukraine says
In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kinzhal, one of six "next generation" weapons, could not be shot down by any of the world"s air-defense systems.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2023
U.S. and Russian military chiefs in rare talks after drone downed
Moscow"s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told his U.S. counterpart, Lloyd Austin, that American drone flights by Crimea"s coast "were provocative in nature."
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2023
Russian missiles hit Ukrainian cities and cut power to nuclear plant
Russian missiles knocked out the power supply to Europe"s largest nuclear plant during a barrage of strikes targeting cities across Ukraine.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2022
Emergency blackouts ensue in Ukraine after major Russian missile strike
Kyiv introduces emergency blackouts across the country as a result of an attack believed to be one of the largest missile barrages since Russia invaded in February.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves