The National News Agency of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Українське національне інформаційне агентство) or Ukrinform (Ukrainian: Укрінформ) is a state information and news agency of Ukraine. It was founded in 1918 during the Ukrainian War of Independence[5] as the Bureau of Ukrainian Press (BUP). The first director of the agency was Dmytro Dontsov.

National News Agency of Ukraine
Українське національне інформаційне агентство
State enterprise
IndustryNews agency
FoundedMarch 16, 1918[1][2]
Headquarters8/16, Bohdan Khmelnytskoho,
Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001 [3]
Key people
Oleksandr Detsyk [4]
OwnerCabinet of Ministers
WebsiteOfficial website


Previous logo of Ukrinform

The state agency was established as the Bureau of Ukrainian Press (BUP) in 1918, yet since then it went through series of reorganizations. During the Soviet period, it was associated with Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS).

  • 1918 - Bureau of Ukrainian Press
  • 1920 - All-Ukrainian bureau of the Russian Telegraph Agency (UkROSTA)
  • 1921 - Radio-Telegraph Agency of Ukraine (RATAU)
  • 1990 - Ukrainian National Informational Agency (UKRINFORM)
  • 1996 - State Informational Agency of Ukraine (DINAU)
  • 2000 - Ukrainian National Informational Agency (UKRINFORM)
  • 2015 - Ukrinform became a part of the Multimedia Broadcasting Platform of Ukraine (UA|TV)[6]
  • 2018 - Ukrinform signed a co-operation agreement with the Athens–Macedonian News Agency (ANA) providing for an exchange of news items in all categories.[7]
Corporate headquarters in Kyiv


Ukrinform main objectives are: the coverage of public policy and public life in Ukraine and providing information to government bodies; according to a Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from February 19, 1997 the agency carries out its activities independently of political parties and public organizations.[8]

Per day Ukrinform issues some 500 reports in English, German, Russian and Ukrainian and around 200 photos and audio digest. Ukrinform delivers information to the media, TV channels, radio stations, official establishments and local governments, foreign embassies and Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad and foreign media.[9]

UA | TVEdit

UA | TV is a 24/7 international channel with worldwide range, the latest news from Ukraine is broadcast in four languages (English, Russian, Tatar and Arabic). The channel is transmitted live on its website and on television.

The channel will cease operations in the current format on January 12, 2020. Going forward, the channel will be rebranded with only Russian and Ukrainian language news and programming and will be directed to the people living in the occupied parts of Donbas. All international broadcasts ceased at midnight on January 12, 2020. The new channel began broadcasts on February 15, 2020.[10]


  1. ^ Ukrainian National News Agency UKRINFORM celebrates its 90th anniversary, National Radio Company of Ukraine (May 15, 2008)
  2. ^ On March 1 the national news agency Ukrinform launched Ukraine's first Internet radio service, Government of Ukraine (March 2, 2005)
  3. ^ "Official website. Contact Us. ("Kyiv" spelling)". Mar 2017.
  4. ^ Official website
  5. ^ (in Ukrainian) Українському національному інформаційному агентству «Укрінформ» — 90 років. Вітаємо!, Телекритика (March 17, 2008)
  6. ^ Рада ухвалила закон про іномовлення. (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. ^ "ANA signs deal with Ukraine's Ukrinform". Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  8. ^ (in Ukrainian) Resolution of July 15, 1997 #749, Government of Ukraine (March 2, 2005)
  9. ^ THROUGH TRUTH AND OBJECTIVITY, Victor Chamara, Director General Ukrinform on the official website of Ukrinform
  10. ^ "Olena Trybushna: We will react to Russian propaganda, and our word should be the last".

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