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UKRINFORM is the only national news agency of Ukraine

Founded in 1918, the agency has the largest network of regional and foreign news bureaus.

Ukrinform correspondents work in most regions of Ukraine and eleven countries: the United States (Washington, D.C., and New York), Canada, Belgium, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Latvia, Turkey and China.

Ukrinform is Ukraine's sole representative and member of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) and the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies (BSANNA).

News stories are delivered in Ukrainian, Russian, English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Polish.

                                                        PHOTO SERVICES

UKRINFORM operates professional photo service and Ukraine's largest historic photo archives. The agency’s photo collection offers more than 500,000 images from 1918.

UKRINFORM’s regional and foreign photographers work with the advanced equipment, update daily collection of dozens of new photo stories on important and interesting events.

                                                            PRESS CENTER

UKRINFORM’s Press Center is one of the best in Ukraine.

Three different halls host press conferences, briefings, roundtable meetings, online conferences, video conferences, presentations, workshops, exhibitions and hotlines.

The rooms can accommodate up to 100 people. They are equipped with modern facilities: conference system, radio, telephone and Internet connection, Wi-Fi, multimedia, plasma screens, video projector.

Press Center also provides trainings, integrated media support.

Press Center is regularly visited by top officials, ministers of Ukraine, famous politicians, foreign diplomats, prominent athletes, actors, writers, scientists, religious and community leaders, celebrities.

We are working for those who want to make decisions!

UKRINFORM: History of the News Agency

The Ukrainian National News Agency Ukrinform is the only national news agency in Ukraine, which provides information about the political, economic, social, scientific, and cultural life in Ukraine and abroad.

The news agency was founded on March 16, 1918. The Ukrainian Telegraph Agency - the historical predecessor of today's Ukrinform – started operating in Katerynoslav (now Dnipro) in 1918, during the Ukrainian War of Independence of 1917-1921. A special circular telegram of the Central Executive Committee of Soviets of Ukraine said: "The Ukrainian Telegraph Agency -- UTA -- has launched its operations. Its main branch is temporarily located in the city of Katerynoslav, in the building of the former provincial administration, room 2-a."

After the formation of the Ukrainian State headed by Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskyi in April 1918, the Ukrainian Telegraph Agency (UTA) launched its operations in Kyiv. From May to November 1918, it was headed by Dmytro Dontsov.

At the end of 2018, the agency's information service was renamed the Bureau of Ukrainian Press (BUP). Turbulent times adjusted the work of the agency -- it sometimes suspended its activity and then resumed it.

In early January 1920, the agency was reorganized into the All-Ukrainian Bureau of the Russian Telegraph Agency (UKROSTA). In April 1921, UKROSTA was renamed the Radio-Telegraph Agency of Ukraine -- RATAU. The agency was located in Kharkiv, and RATAU had been operating in Kyiv since 1934. In 1990, RATAU was renamed Ukrinform.

In 1996, Ukrinform was reorganized into the State News Agency of Ukraine (DINAU), which became the sole domestic news agency -- a member of the European Alliance of News Agencies.

According to a Ukrainian presidential decree of November 14, 2000, the State News Agency of Ukraine (DINAU) is granted national status and is referred to as the Ukrainian National News Agency Ukrinform.

Today, Ukrinform has the largest network of regional and foreign correspondents. The agency's correspondents work in almost every region of Ukraine and 11 countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Latvia, Turkey, and China. News stories are published in Ukrainian, English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Polish.

The heads of the news agency were:

  • Dmytro Ivanovych DONTSOV – 1918
  • Volodymyr Serhiiovych LIUKSEMBURH – 1919
  • Volodymyr Ivanovych NARBUT – early 1920s
  • Fedir Abramovych HARIN – late 1920s
  • Ivan Nykyforovych LAKYZA – early 1930s
  • Mykhailo Semenovych TARDOV – early 1930s
  • Ivan Kostiantynovych SYROMOLOTNYI – from 1938 to early 1941
  • Mykhailo Prokopovych PAUK – 1942
  • P. ZINCHENKO – 1944
  • L. TERESHCHENKO – 1944-1945
  • L. TROSKUNOV – 1949
  • Ivan SYROMOLOTNYI – 1950-1960
  • Mykola Mykhailovych KHVOROSTIANYI – 1960-1963
  • Mykola Fedotovych ANDRIUSHCHENKO – 1963-1971
  • Viktor Ivanovych HORKUN – 1971-1976
  • Volodymyr Serhiiovych BURLAI – 1976-1992
  • Vitalii Fedorovych VOZIANOV – 1992-1996
  • Oleksandr Mykolaiovych SAVENKO – 1996-1999
  • Viktor Fedorovych CHAMARA – 1999-2011
  • Oleksandr Serhiiovych DETSYK – 2011-2014
  • Oleksandr Oleksandrovych KHARCHENKO – 2014-2023
  • Oleksii Vitaliiovych MATSUKA – November 2023 - May 2024
  • Serhii Volodymyrovych CHEREVATYI – from May 24, 2024

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