Francesca Ebel

London, UK

Russia Correspondent

Education: Cambridge University, BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (Russian, Ukrainian, French)

Francesca Ebel is The Washington's Post's Russia correspondent. Before joining The Post in 2022, Ebel was the Associated Press's Tunis correspondent. Ebel joined AP in 2017 as a multimedia journalist based in Moscow. Recently, she covered Russia's war with Ukraine and was part of the team on the ground in Kyiv when the invasion began. Ebel has also worked as a freelance reporter from Ukraine, Russia and Tunisia, publishing with the Economist and Politico Europe Magazine, among other publications. She speaks Russian, French and Arabic.
Latest from Francesca Ebel

Russia says Wagner has returned tanks, missile systems, weapons, ammo

Russia's Defense Ministry said it has received more than 2,000 pieces of equipment, 20,000 small arms and 2,750 tons of ammunition from the mercenary group.

July 12, 2023

Russian missile strike kills at least 10 in Lviv, far from front line

In Lviv, often viewed as a safe haven close to the border of Poland, officials called it the worst strike since the Russian invasion began.

July 7, 2023

Kremlin warns of ‘sabotage’ at Ukraine nuclear plant under Russian control

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Ukraine of planning to sabotage Europe's biggest atomic power plant. Ukraine has warned that Russia plans a radioactive disaster.

July 5, 2023

As war nears Crimea, Russian occupiers are trying to lure tourists

The peninsula, annexed illegally by Moscow in 2014, is a favorite summer destination for Russians. Now the conflict threatens to destroy the tourism on which it depends.

July 3, 2023

On this part of the eastern front, Russia is still on the attack

Even as Ukraine mounts a counteroffensive to liberate occupied territory, Russian troops are still pursuing Vladimir Putin's aim of seizing the entire eastern Donbas region.

June 28, 2023

At least 11 killed when missile strike hits popular restaurant in Kramatorsk

At least 11 were killed when a missile slammed into Ria, a restaurant and hookah bar where civilians, journalists, aid workers and soldiers could grab a bite, and stable WiFi.

June 28, 2023

    What Ukraine troops thought about the Wagner mutiny

    The Washington Post's Francesca Ebel reports from the front lines in Ukraine where she spoke to troops about the Wagner mutiny against Moscow.

    June 27, 2023

    Delivering mail in war-ravaged Ukraine: ‘There are still people living here’

    Three times a month, postal workers risk their lives to bring letters, pensions, medicine and groceries to the few residents left in Hulyaipole, a small city near the front line.

    June 22, 2023

    Fighting simmers across Ukrainian front as Kyiv’s forces look to advance

    Since the start of a major counteroffensive, Ukraine has claimed modest gains, including the liberation of seven villages, but the advances have been slow, prompting some analysts to speculate that Kyiv had temporarily paused its counterattack.

    June 20, 2023

    Bunga-bunga bromance: Berlusconi was one of Putin’s best pals in Europe

    The longtime leaders of Italy and Russia had bonded over displays of machismo, including ski trips. And Putin reportedly once gave Berlosconi, known for hosting wild parties, a bed as a gift.

    June 12, 2023