Margaret Evans

Europe correspondent

Margaret Evans is a correspondent based in the CBC News London bureau. A veteran conflict reporter, Evans has covered civil wars and strife in Angola, Chad and Sudan, as well as the myriad battlefields of the Middle East.

Latest from Margaret Evans

Sleepy Ukrainian town finds itself on front line and under fire as Russian troops push advance in southeast

Aside from Ukrainian soldiers, few young people remain in Orikhiv, just five kilometres from Russian troops pushing their advance in Eastern Ukraine. We visited the town near the front lines as well as Zaporizhzhia, an hour's drive away, where many of the town's residents have fled.

A Mykolaiv defence commander says Ukraine will win. But not without help — and great civilian loss

As the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv recovers from an airstrike that killed 20 people at a regional administration building Tuesday, residents and local defence units are refusing to cede a city the Kremlin expected to capture within days of its Feb. 24 invasion.
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In the strategic Black Sea port city of Odesa, residents prepare to fend off Russian attack

Predictions that Odesa's strategic value, as Ukraine's largest Black Sea port and home to its small navy, would make it an early target for the Russians have not come to pass. But the city's residents are preparing anyway.
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For Kyiv residents, even feeding a cat has become a complicated risk as Russia invades Ukraine

Kyiv feels like a ghost town now, but Lydia Sokolova, 74, was one of the few citizens on the streets of Ukraine's capital ahead of a weekend curfew, determined to feed her son's cat. Others, however, have sheltered underground. Day-to-day life in Kyiv has been turned on its head since the Russian invasion began Thursday.

Along Ukraine's northern border with Russia, some young people fear losing newfound identity

Some of the young people in Ukraine who grew up near borders with Russia speaking Russian have turned their backs on that identity in favour of a more Western and Ukrainian one. They fear a war could pull them back.
Analysis

Boris Johnson's scandals undermine U.K.'s reputation abroad during diplomatic push

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s trip to Ukraine on Tuesday had little chance of being portrayed as anything other than a flight from his domestic woes — and potentially an ill-judged one.

A Nairobi slum vulnerable to flooding is engineering its own climate solutions and not waiting for the West

In one of Africa's largest slums, the Kibera district of Nairobi, climate change brings unenviable tasks such as clearing waste and sludge out of drainage paths in order to make the community more resilient against flooding. Activists there say the West has a moral obligation to do more to protect their communities.

'He is my brother': Retired soldiers want Canada to help former Afghan interpreter who risked it all

In 2007, Mohammed Nabi Wardak, then 18, started work as an interpreter for Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Now, he is homeless and jobless in Greece, after fleeing his homeland due to threats from the Taliban. He says he's been trying for years to navigate Canada's bureaucracy.
Analysis

Angela Merkel and the art of being ordinary

Angela Merkel’s time as chancellor of Germany is coming to a close, leaving the legacy of a strong-willed but enigmatic politician with a poker face and calm exterior that critics and advocates alike say served her well.

Mother of Canadian woman detained in Syrian camp wants answers after another woman freed

The apparent ease with which a former U.S. diplomat convinced the Syrian Kurds to investigate and release a Canadian woman he helped — with no clear evidence that other detainees were being offered the same — has fuelled concern among those who say Canada is abandoning its obligations under humanitarian law to family members of ISIS militants.

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