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Russia's war crimes against media in Ukraine (updated continuously)

01.03.2022, 11:16

The Institute of Mass Information starts monitoring and recording facts about russia's crimes against journalists and the media since the February 24 attack on Ukraine.

Follow the story. The information to be continuously updated. 

11.05.2022

No updates on the missing Kharkiv video blogger Ihor Hudenko for over two months

Kharkiv citizen journalist and videographer Ihor Hudenko has not been in touch since February 26. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, he had been filming russia's crimes in the suburbs of Kharkiv, where the fighting took place.

This was reported by IMI representative in Kharkiv region.

Ihor does not have a registered media outlet, but he worked successfully as a video blogger, who, as his friends say, always seemed to be at the forefront of events.

"He filmed the Heavenly Hundred shootings at Maidan, was among those being shot (he miraculously survived, 'his' bullet is still sticking out of a billboard structure on the Heavenly Hundred Street in Kyiv). He is also the author of the footage of a cop handing a bandit a knife that had fallen out of his pocket during the anti-Euromaidan provocations in Kharkiv. Together, we had worked on the documentary 'Yevhen Kotlyar, Hero of Ukraine,' which I directed, narrated, and wrote the script, and he was the cameraman, editor, and co-author," said the chairman of the "Green Front" public organization Oleh Perehon, with whom Igor had been working, in his comment to IMI.

The day before his disappearance, Ihor released a video of broken enemy equipment in Kharkiv. On February 26, he rode his bicycle out of Kharkiv and went missing. Ihor's friends and colleagues suppose that he is being held captive. So they are asking for maximum publicity in order to save him.

In Mariupol, the occupiers are spreading propaganda under the name and logo of "Priazovsky Rabochy" newspaper

In Mariupol, the occupiers use the name and logo of the newspaper "Priazovsky Rabochy" to spread propaganda. The editor-in-chief of the publication Olena Kalaitan wrote about this on her Facebook, Detector Media reports.

"Today I learned that in Mariupol they are giving out an alleged fresh issue of 'Priazovsky Rabochy' together with the 'humanitarian aid' – with our logo on it, but, of course, not our Ukrainian content.

"Well, our editorial office has predicted in advance that the occupiers would use the trust of our readers over the years and the credibility of the 'Priazovsky Rabochy' newspaper, which we have been – and are – diligently developing and preserving.

Dear readers, I ask you not to read all that the collaborationist government is now publishing as our position: the Ukrainian editors of 'Priazovsky Rabochy' have nothing to do with any line of this newly published newspaper," the statement reads.

The last issue of this newspaper was published on February 23. After the start of the full-scale russian aggression, Olena Kalaitan sent a letter to the chairman of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine stating that the publication was suspending its publication and that any further use of the brand would be illegal.

As IMI reported, "Priazovsky Rabochy" newspaper is one of the media outlets in Donetsk region which ceased their work due to the occupation.

Journalist Oksana Haydar killed by russian fire. Case opened

Law enforcement authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of journalist, blogger Oksana Haydar (Ruda Pani) and her mother Lydia Haydar, killed by russian shelling.

The Prosecutor General's office reported this to IMI.

According to the investigation, the bodies of both women were found on April 7 in a garden, in one of the yards of Shevchenkove village, Brovary district, Kyiv region. They died from injuries due to the explosions.

The criminal proceedings were launched on 8 April under Article 438 p. 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Violation of the laws or customs of war).

Oksana Haydar was born in Kyiv. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her father, Yurii Haydar, was the deputy editor of Sportyvna Hazeta. In recent years, she had been living in Moscow, but with the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion, she returned to Ukraine, where her mother lived. The village has been occupied by the russians.

Oksana Haydar was known under the pseudonym Ruda Pani, and published history-related posts on her Twitter account, condemning russia's policies.

She wrote her last tweet on March 11, where she reported on the situation in the russian-occupied Kyiv region.

“Since yesterday, we have no electricity, the Internet connection is barely there. Russians aren't letting anyone leave – they fire at cars and even bicycles, shooting people to death. People can only sit quietly in their homes. The humanitarian catastrophe is a matter of a month, top. I'm deleting Twitter, hope to see you again. Everything will be Ukraine!" Ruda Pani wrote.

10.05.2022

Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua receives emails with new propaganda talking points

On May 9, the editors of the Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua received an email from russians that contained a new rethoric. It mentions "Western donors" and "supervisors from the Ukrainian secret services."

This was reported by the staff members to the IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

Namely, an email from "Alexandrovich Tsisar" with the subject "Must be read", sent from the mail inbox.ru, reads:

"The money you receive for inciting hatred against russians will not save you. Your supervisors from the Ukrainian secret services and the government will forget you as soon as their own skins are in danger. Your Western donors, curators, and sponsors will not help you, either. You will just be thrown away as used things that aren't needed anymore." The letter was signed by the hacker group NoName057(16).

Earlier, russians had threatened a number of Volyn and Zaporizhzhia media outlets with imprisonment, interrogation, and torture.

Two Volyn media outlets receive threats about accountability for "russophobic fakes" from russians

The editors of Volyn.Online and Konkurent news agency received threats from the Noname057(16) hacker group again.

This was reported by the editors to the IMI representative in Volyn region.

Namely, on May 9, the editorial office of Volyn.Online received an email in russian with the following text: "Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers defeated the Nazis in 1945, and we will defeat the neo-Nazis in 2022! We are doing the right thing! The enemy will be defeated! Victory will be ours!"

According to journalist Maryana Metelska, this is the 15th email they've received from the "russian world" representatives. However, they do not always write new threats. Maryana Metelska has received the same threats from Noname057(16) three times.

Konkurent editor Andriy Luchyk said that on May 9, they received threats of the following content: "All of Hitler's accomplices had to answer for their actions. Don't you think that you will also have to answer for your russophobic fakes, discrediting the actions of the russian armed forces and lying to your own audience? And, perhaps, very soon."

According to Luchik, the editorial office has already received a dozen letters from the russians.

Earlier, russian hackers had threatened to "down the websites" of Racurs.ua, "Konkurent" news agency, and "Volyn Online".

Zaporizhzhia website inform.zp.ua threatened by russian hackers

The editors of Zaporizhzhia website inform.zp.ua have received three new threatening letters between April 30 and May 5. Two of them were signed by the hacker group NoName057(16). This was reported by the editor-in-chief of the website Eric Brynza to IMI representative in the Zaporizhzhia region.

The letters came from mail.ru addresses. Namely, the letter dated April 30, from the sender Cheslava Solovei, says: "You didn't get it the first time – we'll say it again. We will keep downing your websites until you stop the pipeline of fakes about russia." The signature contained a link to the Telegram channel of the hacker group Noname057(16).

On May 2, the editorial office received another letter, this time from Iryna Chyurakova, with rhymed threats. The message read: "Russian troops are liberators, their operation saves lives and stability, and you, propaganda spreaders, will not escape criminal responsibility!"

And on May 5, the editorial mail received another threat from hackers Noname of the following content: "V is for VICTORY, Z is for OURZ! Game's over for you and your lying propagandist mouths! Regards from NoName057(16)!"

According to the website's editor-in-chief, threatening emails from russia come systematically. To reduce the flow of threats, the editorial office decided, in particular, to block all messages from unknown numbers on Telegram.

09.05.2022

Volyn journalist receives identical threats three times

Volyn.Online website editor Maryana Metelska received rhymed threats, which she had already received from the hacker group Noname057(16).

She told this to IMI representative in Volyn region.

She last received such an email on May 8, where she was being threatened with imprisonment.

"Once there was a little journalist, a propagandist, a conformist. And his fascist nazi of a daddy was a comedian and a drug addict. For the dad there was always a lot to be done: to gather his gang, do a shelling or two, for the son to note it all down, go online and post the hullabaloo. It has been going on for some months in a row, and all around, lies and swastikas have grown. Daddy was very glad you could not go back. But soon came liberators, fascism fighters and truth proliferators, with one hand they captured the fascist father, and his little son they grabbed with the other. Think carefully, journalists, apply all your reason – neither you nor Zelenskyy will evade prison!"

Earlier, the editorial team of Volyn.Online had received a poem of the same content on April 25.

On May 5, the editorial mail received the following message: "V is for VICTORY, Z is for OURZ, game's over for you and your lying propagandist mouths." The same letter had been received on April 24 this year.

On May 3, a letter stating that the russian troops were "liberators" was sent to the editors. The editors had already received an email about it this spring.

In addition, in April, the editorial office was threatened that their website would be "brought down," as was the case with Racurs.ua and Konkurent news agencies.

Svoi.city website blocked in russia

Roskomnadzor has blocked the Ukrainian online magazine Svoi.city in the russian federation. This was announced by the website's coordinator Gayane Avakyan.

"We have been blocked in russia! It has finally happened! So we are doing everything right!" Gayane wrote.

On the other hand, Gayane noted, their publication was read by many people in russia and it was where they received truthful information about the war in eastern Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, the number of users from russia has tripled.

The russian prosecutor general's office approved the decision to block the website on February 24, 2022 – the day of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, – but the first block occurred on March 17.

"They used a block mask – all the pages of the website together with the domain and subdomains are blocked," Gayane Avakyan said in her comment to IMI representative.

The online magazine "Svoi.Sity" tells about the lives of people in eastern Ukraine on both sides of the front line, about the lives of migrants, about Ukrainian refugees abroad. The authors of the magazine write manuals for solving legal problems faced by migrants and residents of the occupied territories.

06.05.2022

Powerful cyber attack impedes the work of Odesa.Online media outlet

On May 5, the editorial office of Odesa.Online received an email with a threatening message from representatives of the NoName057(16) hacker group, after which the publication suffered a cyber attack.

This was announced to IMI representative Odesa region by the media project's manager Vadym Tyutyukin.

The editorial office was warned that "your game is over." On the same day, a powerful DDoS attack began, which has been impeding full operation of the website for the second day in a row.

“We inform you that today, your russophobic and deceitful resource odessa.online was attacked by hackers from NoName057(16). Until you stop your malicious activities of discrediting the actions of the russian federation and inciting hatred against russian citizens on the pages of your website, your resource will continue to fall under our DDoS attacks!" the letter to the editors said.

russian hackers threaten Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua again

Zaporizhzhia website 061.ua received threats from the Noname057(16) hacker group again. Yet another email arrived on May 5 from an inbox.ru address.

The editorial staff reported this to the IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

The sender of the letter signed as "Alexandrovich Tsisar." The letter contains a rhyme with the Latin letters used as symbols of the russian occupiers. "V is for VICTORY, Z is for OURZ! Game's over for you and your lying propagandist mouths! Regards from NoName057(16)!" the email reads.

Hromadske crew comes under fire while filming a report about evacuation in Donetsk region

Hromadske crew, under shelling by "Grads," filmed a report on how civilians of Lyman (Donetsk region) are being taken to Dnipro city, according to Detector Media.

The film crew included journalist Anastasia Stanko, videographer Kolyan Pastyko and driver Viktor Andrushchenko.

During the shooting on the road, three shells landed 200 meters away from the Hromadske team and the Lyman residents. Shortly after the evacuation of people, a russian missile hit the road bridge between Raihorodok and Lyman – the Hromadske journalists have traveled across it a dozen times. This route was also used to take the wounded out of Lyman.

In their report, the journalists focused on the work of the police, which evacuates people in need of assistance. "About twenty 200's, even more 300's," the policemen say of the losses during the full-scale war.

Every trip here is risky. "2014 was a walk in the park compared to this. Those who have been under the 'Grads' will understand," Dmytro Zaliznychnyk commented.

"Grads" hit the buses during evacuation. The police officers go to dilapidated houses in Lyman during intervals, when the russian occupiers reload their equipment. In the end, they manage to bring out a wounded man.

05.05.2022

Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua receives new threats from rf

On May 3, the editorial office Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua received another rhymed letter with threats sent from the russian federation.

The editorial staff reported this to IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

The threats came from mail.ru email service and were sent by user "Irina Chukarova." The letter threatens criminal liability: "Russian troops are liberators, their operation saves lives and stability, and you, propaganda spreaders, will not escape criminal responsibility!"

We remind that earlier, the editors of the 061.ua website had already received similar threats – on March 25, March 26 and March 28, April 3, 4, April 7-11, April 17, April 25.

Former Suspilne.Cherkasy manager Yevhen Starynets killed in action in Luhansk region

On April 30, former manager of the Cherkasy branch of Suspilne Yevhen Starinets was lost in a battle for Popasna (Luhansk region), Suspilne reports.

With the beginning of russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, Yevhen Starynets joined the defenders' ranks, and was later sent to defend the country's eastern border, according to Suspilne.Cherkasy.

Yevhen had worked as a manager of Suspilne's Cherkasy branch in 2017–2019.

Yevhen Starynets was born on May 15, 1975 in Vinnytsia. He graduated in Law and had a Master's degree in business administration. He has worked on management positions in many companies, in 2012 he became an employee of the Cherkasy Regional State Television and Radio Company as a Deputy General Director for Finance.

The funeral for Yevhen Starynets will take place on May 6 at 12:30 in Cherkasy on the Square of Glory (near the Holy Trinity Cathedral).

04.05.2022

Journalist Oleksandr Makhov deceased

Oleksandr Makhov, journalist and serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, died in the shelling by the occupiers. This was announced on May 4 on the Facebook page of Ukraine 24 TV channel.

"For many years, Oleksandr had worked for 'Ukraine' and 'Ukraine 24' channels, covering the events on the front lines. Oleksandr served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At one point of his career, Makhov was the only journalist on board the plane that carried out the evacuation from the coronavirus-ridden Wuhan. He called a trip to Antarctica in between work at the frontline 'a brief vacation.' The war takes away the best... Eternal memory! Condolences to family and friends!" the statement says.

Oleksandr Makhov worked for "Ukraine," "Ukraine 24," and "Dom" TV channels, and was a war correspondent. Veteran of the Donbass war. In 2022, with the beginning of the full-scale russian aggression, he went back to the frontline.

russian occupiers threaten Kharkiv media and attack their websites

A number of Kharkiv journalists received personal threats from the russian occupiers, and DDoS attacks are being carried out on the websites where they work.

The editors of KHARKIV Today, Slobidsky Krai, Nakypilo, InsiderNews, and 057.ua reported this to IMI representative in Kharkiv region.

"Or website is constantly under DDoS attacks. Once, a letter came from some scammers, i think they were threatening to bring the website down and were demanding $ 5,000. Roskomnadzor wrote to us, demanded to remove a post and threatened to block the website in russia, although they have already blocked us back in 2018, I believe," a KHARKIV Today journalist said.

A letter about a criminal case being opened and threats of interrogation and imprisonment was received by the edoitorial team of the Kharkiv city website 057.ua. In addition, the journalists are receiving calls from russian phone numbers threatening personal violence.

The published videos and photos of russia's crimes in Ukraine have led to threats against three members of the Nakypilo media group, as well as a DDoS attack on the website. The editorial team received the following message: "You didn't get it the first time, so we'll say it again. We will continue to bring down your websites unless you stop the pipeline of fakes about russia."

Slobidsky Krai and InsiderNews also suffered attacks on the websites. "Nobody wrote to us, there has been an attempt to hack the website's admin account in late February – early March. And then Roskomnadzor just blocked the website in russia," commented the editor-in-chief of InsiderNews.

All media outlets have taken additional digital security measures and continue their fight in the information field.

30.04.2022

russian hackers threaten to "down" the websites of Volyn media as well

Volyn media continue to receive threats from the Noname057(16) hacker group. The letters have been received by Volyn Online, Racurs.ua, and Konkurent news agency on April 30.

This was reported by the website's editors to the IMI representative in Volyn region.

The letters were sent from the list.ru mail service, written in russian, and contained the following: “You didn't get it the first time – we'll say it again. We will keep downing your websites if you do not stop the pipeline of fakes about russia."

Andriy Luchyk, editor of the Konkurent news agency's website, told the IMI representative that a DDoS attack had been carried out on the website on the evening of May 1. The attack on the website was quickly repelled.

The editor of the Volyn Online website, Maryana Metelska, said that there had been no DDoS attacks on the website yet. The website works as usual.

We remind that similar letters from the Noname057(16) hacker group have also been received by two Zaporizhzhia websites – infоrm.zp.ua and 061.ua.

28.04.2022

russian hackers threaten to "down the websites" of Zaporizhzhia media

Two Zaporizhzhia websites, infоrm.zp.ua and 061.ua, began receiving threats from the hacker group Noname057(16). The letters came from inbox.ru and list.ru email services. In the letters, the attackers threaten to hack the media websites.

This was reported to the IMI representative in Zaporizhia region by the staff of the media outlets.

According to the infоrm.zp.ua editor-in-chief Eric Brynza, the threatening letter arrived at the editorial inbox on April 28. The subject of the letter stated: "Important info." "We, the hacker group NoName057(16), warn you and all other employees of your 'media:' until you stop the onslaught of fakes about the russian federation, we will keep downing your website. You will have to answer for all your crimes. Think before it's too late," the letter said.

The 061.ua editorial inbox received a letter from "Cheslava Solovei" on April 30. The content of the letter was even shorter: “You didn't get it the first time – we'll say it again. We will keep downing your websites if you do not stop the pipeline of fakes about russia."

Currently, both websites are functioning.

As IMI has reported, on April 22, "Detector Media" was attacked by hackers: the website suffered a DDoS attack. The group NoName057(16) claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. The hackers called the journalists enemies of russia and said they were attacking because the media outlet was "discrediting the russian army and spreading russophobic fakes."

On April 24, Volyn media outlets Volyn Online, Konkurent, and Konkurent TV received new threats to their inboxes. This time, the senders signed as group NoName057(16). Volyn Online has already received 10 emails with threats from the NoName057(16) group.

The staff of Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua has also received a letter from the NoName057(16) hacker group.

"Dom" TV channel correspondent comes under russian fire in Rubizhne

Anastasia Volkova, a correspondent for the "Dom" TV channel, came under fire in the partially occupied Rubizhne, Luhansk region.

As Anastasia told an IMI representative, they arrived in the city on April 28 to film the evacuation of people. At this moment, the russians opened fire on the place where the evacuation was to begin.

“We had just arrived and five minutes later, they started to fire precisely at the square where we were. We crawled into the Palace of Culture on our stomacks, over broken glass, to survive the shelling. We heard the shells hit to the left, to the right, in front, behind the building, and the building itself. We heard a heavy mortar working," said Anastasia.

According to the journalist, she was wearing a bulletproof vest and a helmet with PRESS stickers.

She left when she realized that the occupiers had run out of ammunition and had a chance to take advantage of this lull. When the journalist had already arrived in Severodonetsk, she noted that she could hear the shelling resume in Rubizhne.

"Volyn Online" editors receive the 10th email with threats

The editorial office of "Volyn Online" has already received 10 emails with threats from "russian world" advocates. The senders have signed as NoName057(16) group.

The media's editor Maryana Metelska shared this with the IMI representative in Volyn region.

According to her, the latest letter was received today, on April 28. Earlier, several letters have been sent in verse.

"We, the hacker group NoName057(16), warn you and other representatives of your 'media:' unless you stop the surge of fakes about the russian federation, we will keep downing your website. You will have to answer for all your crimes according to the law. Think before it's too late," the letter said.

At the same time, Metelska noted that there were no problems with the website or DDoS attacks.

It will be recalled that on April 24, the Volyn media outlets "Volyn Online," "Konkurent," and "Konkurent TV" received new threats via email. This time the senders signed as NoName057(16) group.

On April 22, "Detector Media" was targeted by hackers: the site suffered a DDoS attack. The group NoName057(16) claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. The hackers called the editors enemies of russia and said they were attacking because the media "discredits the russian army and spreads russophobic fakes."

Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua has also received a letter from the NoName hacker group.

25.04.2022

Occupiers broadcast their TV channels and radio in Dniprorudne, Zaporizhzhia region

In the temporarily occupied Dniprorudne, Zaporizhzhia region, the russian occupiers have began jamming Ukrainian television channels and launched the broadcasts of eight russian TV channels and three radio stations.

This was reported on Enerhodar city's official Telegram channel.

In particular, Mayak radio is broadcast – one of the most powerful Kremlin propaganda mouthpieces.

The Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration confirmed to journalists that the occupiers were trying to broadcast russian television and radio in all temporarily occupied territories. According to the ZRMA, in Dniprorudny, the russian occupants installed a digital transmitter for TV and radio signals, which broadcasts ruscist TV channels and Mayak radio.

Volyn media starts receiving threats from russian NoName hackers

Volyn media outlets "Volyn Online," "Konkurent," and "Konkurent TV" received new threats via email. This time, the senders signed as group NoName057(16).

This is reported by IMI representative in Volyn region.

Namely, on April 24, the editors received letters in russian with the following content:

"V is for VICTORY, Z is for OURZ, game's over for you and your lying propagandist mouths."

On April 25, the editorial team received another poem:

"Once there was a little journalist, a propagandist, a conformist. And his fascist nazi of a daddy was a comedian and a drug addict. For the dad there was always a lot to be done: to gather his gang, do a shelling or two, for the son to note it all down, go online and post the hullabaloo. It has been going on for some months in a row, and all around, lies and swastikas have grown. Daddy was very glad you could not go back. But soon came liberators, fascism fighters and truth proliferators, with one hand they captured the fascist father, and his little son they grabbed with the other. Think carefully, journalists, apply all your reason – neither you nor zelenskyy will evade prison!"

Earlier, the media outlet had received threats of interrogation an imprisonment.

We remind that on April 22, "Detector Media" was targeted by hackers: the site sustained DDoS attacks. The group NoName057(16) claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. The hackers called them enemies of russia and said they were attacking because the publication was "discrediting the russian army and spreading russophobic fakes."

The editors of Zaporizhzhia website 061.ua have also received threats from the NoName hacker group.

LIGA.net website under DDoS attack

LIGA.net website suffered a DDoS attack on April 25. The media reported this on its Telegram channel.

Due to the DDoS attack, the website temporarily went down.

"Friends, our website is currently down due to intense DDoS attacks. Our specialists are working to solve the problem. You can follow the latest news on our Telegram channel," the editorial team said.

As of 1 p.m., the website has resumed its work.

On April 22, "Detector Media" was targeted by hackers: the site sustained DDoS attacks. The group NoName057(16) claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. The hackers called them enemies of russia and said they were attacking because the publication was "discrediting the russian army and spreading russophobic fakes."

Zaporizhzhia's 061.ua website receives threats from russian NoName hackers

On April 25, the editorial office of Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua received another rhymed threatening email from the russian federation.

This was reported to IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region by the website's staff.

Threats came from mail.ru from user "Sasha Isayev." The letter also contained a link to the Telegram channel of the NoName hacker group.

Namely, the message states: "Once there was a little journalist, a propagandist, a conformist. And his fascist nazi of a daddy was a comedian and a drug addict. For the dad there was always a lot to be done: to gather his gang, do a shelling or two, for the son to note it all down, go online and post the hullabaloo. It has been going on for some months in a row, and all around, lies and swastikas have grown. Daddy was very glad you could not go back. But soon came liberators, fascism fighters and truth proliferators, with one hand they captured the fascist father, and his little son they grabbed with the other. Think carefully, journalists, apply all your reason – neither you nor zelenskyy will evade prison!"

We remind that earlier, the editorial office of the 061.ua website has already received similar threats – on March 25March 26 and March 28April 3, 4April 7-11April 17.

On April 22, "Detector Media" was targeted by hackers: the site sustained DDoS attacks. The group NoName057(16) claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. The hackers called them enemies of russia and said they were attacking because the publication was "discrediting the russian army and spreading russophobic fakes."

russians hack Zaporizhzhia's "Porohy" website and post their propaganda there

A Zaporizhzhia website for students and the youth "Porohy" has been hacked on April 24, with russian propaganda being posted there. This was reported to IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region by the website's staff.

When you try to access the website, a message in russian appears on the home page: "Information about the russian federation's ongoing special operation" with two flags, Ukrainian and russian, on the background.

The text, in particular, said that the russians and Ukrainians "are one people whom the Western world divided" and "put in power puppets, ridiculous 'rulers' and drug addicts." The message also stressed that "russia is not fighting against you, but for you." The authors appealed to the Armed Forces of Ukraine to lay down their arms and called on the civilian population not to take up arms so that they don't "sacrifice themselves at the encouragement from people with no honor or conscience." In addition, the appeal stressed that for russia, Ukraine is "an integral part of our own history, culture, spiritual landscape," mentioning that Ukrainians are "family, related to us through blood and family ties.

The site is currently down and the promotional message is no longer available to the public.

RIA-Melitopol editor has been receiving threats from rf for three weeks

Svitlana Zalizetska, editor of "Holovna Hazeta Melitopola" and the RIA-Melitopol website, has been receiving threats in comments and private messages for three weeks now. She told this to the IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

According to her, threats have been incoming for at least the last three weeks via email, private messages. The editor is also receiving threats via phone calls from unknown numbers.

The letters provided by Svitlana Zalizetska to IMI refer to the same threats of interrogation, torture, and imprisonment that the Zaporizhzhia websites 061.ua and inform.zp.ua systematically receive from russia. They traditionally speak of accountability for fakes and misinformation about the actions of the russian army in accordance with the russian law. Journalists are also advised to "learn prison jargon," threatened with tribunals and being sent to "correctional facilities" for "supporting the Nazis."

"It's a small part of what we get every day. They are simply spamming us from the territories controlled by the russian federation, from russia, and also collaborators have joined them. Basically, they are trying to pressure us psychologically," Svitlana Zalizetska said.

Also, according to the editor, some threats come in the comments from unknown people under their social media posts. They usually contain abusive devaluing vocabulary and threats about the journalist's health and life, such as: "... If because of you (curse word) a Tochka from the UAF strikes at the city, then wherever you and your grandfather live, I will take care of you and kill you myself (curse word)." The same comments contain threats about the journalist's father.

We remind that the russian occupants in Melitopol (Zaporizhzhia region) took hostage the father of Svitlana Zalizetska, editor of "Holovna Hazeta Melitopola" and the RIA-Melitopol website, on March 23. They demanded a meeting with the journalist as a condition for her father's release. However, on March 25, the russian invaders released her father from captivity.

22.04.2022

"Detector Media" under DDoS-attack

"Detector Media" was attacked by hackers on April 22: the website is still under a DDoS attack. This was reported by "Detector Media" NGO's project Media Sapiens.

The administrator notes a large number of attempts to log in to the website at the same time. The tech support department is working to restore the website.

The editors apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

At the same time, the "Media Sapiens" and "DM Suspilnoho" websites continue to operate. You can read "Detector Media" on Telegram, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

As of 3.30 pm, the "Detector Media" website is down.

According to Otar Dovzhenko, editor-in-chief of Detector Media, the NoName057(16) group has claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. The hackers called the journalists enemies of russia and said they were attacking them because the media outlet discredited the russian army and spread russophobic fakes.

21.04.2022

Suspilne's Mykolaiv branch suffered a missile strike by russian troops

The night before Arpil 21, during a missile strike on Mykolaiv, russian troops hit the local branch of Suspilne broadcaster.

The branch's management reports this.

No person was killed or injured.

"Suspilne Mykolaiv" continues its work and keeps promptly informing its audience about everything happening in the city and the region.

20.04.2022

Zaporizhzhia's 061.ua website threatened with tribunal yet again

Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua keeps receiving threats from russia – a new email to the editors arrived on April 17.

The editorial staff reported this to IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

The email has been sent by "Nikolai Petukhov" from a mail.ru address. Again, it threatens the journalists that russia is going to occupy large Ukrainian cities very quickly and the media is going face a tribunal.

"After russia occupies all Ukrainian cities, it will establish a war tribunal for everybody who supported the nazis' regime led by Zelenskyy. All journalists will be held accountable for spreading fakes about the rf and promoting the ukronazi regime," the letter says.

We remind that 061.ua editors has already received similar threats – on March 25March 26, and March 28, as well as April 3, 4, and 7-11.

Between April 7 and 11, Volyn media "Konkurent" and "Volyn Online" also received similar emails.

On March 25, several Ukrainian media outlets received anonymous threats via email – "European Pravda," "Hlavkom," and Zaporizhzhia websites 061.ua and inform.zp.ua.

Mariupol 0629.com.ua receives threats about imprisonment in Siberia

The editorial staff of Mariupol city website 0629.com.ua received an email threatening them with imprisonment in Siberia. The website's editor Anna Murlykina reported this.

She posted a screenshot. The letter was sent from [email protected] address by user "Dima Burov."

"If you are not afraid of RF FBS's penal colonies in Siberian federal district, you may keep promoting the Ukrainian regime. But prepare some warm clothes at least, for your lengthy vacation to jail is going to be a cold one!" the letter reads.

In her comment, Anna Murlykina told IMI representative that they were receiving similar emails every day. Sometimes several messages a day. They are being sent from different email addresses.

The editorial staff has informed the SSU about this, and the SSU has investigated the addresses from which the emails are being sent. Most of them are tied to russian phone numbers and already blocked.

Murlykina says that usually these letters contain obscene language and open aggression, and this one is different in content and tone, so she decided to share it on her social media.

We remind that on April 16, the 0629 editorial staff reported that they had been under constant cyber attacks for the last three weeks. russian hackers tried to change the website's logo into a russian flag.

18.04.2022

russia blocks access to several Ukrainian media websites

The website of "Institure of Mass Information" CO has been banned in russia by the Procecutor General's office.

This is stated in the banned websites register.

According to the register, the decision has been approved on April 12 and the first block occurred on April 17.

According to the "Roskomsvoboda" project, rf has also banned access to the websites of the "Human Rights Watch" organization and some Ukrainian media: dev.ua, “Apostrof”, “Censor”, “Hromadske radio”, “Hazeta.ua”, “Segodnia”, MigNews, etc. 

The rf's Procecutor General's office banned 24 websites in total, including IMI, adding the link to the article "on civillian evacuation issues and the actions of the russian army during the 'special military operation'" to the register.

Since the ban is carried out through HTTPS, many russian operators lose access to the website altogether, "Roskomsvoboda" states.

"These and other news websites were added to the register by the 'mask,' so the access restriction affects all their domains and subdomains," the project noted.

As IMI has reported, in January 2021 the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), in accordance with the Prosecutor Genreal's demand, blocked access to the Institute of Mass Information's website on the russian federation's territory because of a news report that allegedly contained "calls for mass disruptions and extremist actions." The report in question dates back to August 18, 2016: "russia blocks Hromadske TV interview with a 'Hizb-ut-Tahrir' representative."

16.04.2022

Volyn journalist receives 11 incarceration threats from rf during the month

Since March 15, "Racurs.ua" journalist Yurii Konkevych has received 11 emails that contained incarceration threats.

He has shared this with the IMI representative in the Volyn region.

According to the journalist, he had first received rhymed threats from user "Alexei Sazonov" on April 15.

"Deceiving the public with your agenda, spreading fakes for your propaganda, don’t you get a suspicion that Zelenskyy is a liar? Are you ready, through capitulation, with penal institutions as the place of your emigration, to meet such a shameful end?"

The  journalist noted that earlier, the editorial staff's email address had received messages stating that virtually every article on the website where he works constituted violation of several articles of the Criminal Code of rf.

We remind that on April 15, the editor of the "Volyn Online" website Maryana Metelska received the sixth threatening email sent from russia. Such emails have also been sent by different users to the editorial staff of "Konkurent" website and "Konkurent TV" channel.

russian occupants threaten Oleh Baturyn's family

"Novy den" (Kakhovka, Kherson region) journalist Oleh Baturyn reported that the russian occupants are threatening his family members that stayed on the temporarily occupied territory.

Baturyn shared this on April 16 on his Facebook page.

"My relatives that stayed on the temporarily occupied territory began to receive threats. Such 'regards' are being passed to them from the russian occupants. My family is very scared. The russians demand that I cease my professional work in journalism," the journalist wrote.

As IMI has reported, on March 12, Oleh Baturyn, a journalist from Kakhovka (Kherson region) had gone missing. He had been released on March 20.

Law enforcers began criminal proceedings for alleged abduction of Oleh Baturyn by the russian occupants in Kherson region. The case has been opened for violation of laws and customs of warfare (Article 438 p. 1 of the CC of Ukraine).

Oleh Baturyn is convinced that he had been abducted and held captive for eight days because of his journalist work and active citizenship.

15.04.2022

Mariupol's website 0629 is under cyber attacks, rf tries to change the logo into the russian flag

Mariupol city website 0629 has been under continuous cyberattacks for the past three weeks. russian hackers tried to change the website's logo into rf's flag.

The periodical's webside reported this.

According to it, the website is being attacked from tens of countries around the globe, including russia. Not only the Mariupol website, but also other websites of the CitySites network are targeted.

The tech support had had to temporarily block access to the website for users from some countries in order to stop the attacks and stabilize the website's work.

The editorial staff had made the website acessible again on April 14, but at night it was attacked again.

"This time the diversion had to do with the website's logo. It has been deleted together with some other images. The russians tried to change our logo into a russian tricolor! At the moment there is very little information about who did this and how. The tech support team is working on repairs.

We promise: no symbol of Mariupol will disappear. You can not just 'delete it from the page.' Because 0629 is not about pictures and logos. It is about people. And these people will be working and spreading the truth about the city no matter how much trouble that is for our enemy – the russian federation," the periodical writes.

The editorial team encouraged everybody to support them by giving them attention.

We remind that since March 1 Mariupol has been beseiged by russian troops which have ruined it almost completely by air bombing and artillery fire.  The Ukrainian military units are resisting them and trying to hold their ground in the city.

Zaporizhzhia 061.ua website editors also receive poem-threats from rf

Editors of Zaporizhzhia city website 061.ua received new threats about incarceration of journalists. This time the threats, written in verse, were sent on April 13 and 15.

The website's staff shared this with the IMI representative.

The April 13 email, signed "Artem Osipov" and sent from a mail.ru address, reads: "Prepare to change your microphone, prepare to change your camera for obscene criminal jargon and a dirty prison chamber!"

Shortly after, on April 15, the editors received one more letter from Alexei Sazonov with the call "Think carefully!" and a different rhyme: "Deceiving the public with your agenda, spreading fakes for your propaganda, don’t you get a suspicion that Zelenskyy is a liar? Are you ready, through capitulation, with penal institutions as the place of your emigration, to meet such a shameful end."

We remind that on April 15 the "Volyn Online" website editor Maryana Metelska received the sixth threatening email from russia, in verse this time.

Zaporizhzhia website 061.ua keeps receiving threats from russia: four emails threatening incarceration have been sent to the staff on April 7 to 11.

"Volyn Online" editorial staff receives poem-threats from rf

"Volyn Online" website editor Maryana Metelska received the sixth threatening letter from russia.

She shared this with the IMI representative in Volynska oblast.

On April 15, the editorial email address received a message from user "Alexei Sazonov" written in russian and containing the following poem:

russian troops are liberators

Their operation saves lives and stability

And you, propaganda spreaders,

Will not escape criminal responsibility.

We remind that on April 13 the editor of the "Volyn Online" website Maryana Metelska received a poem via email that contained threats of incarceration.

Earlier, threatening emails have been sent to the editorial staff of the "Konkurent" website, "Konkurent TV" channel, "Volyn Online," and Racurs.ua.

13.04.2022

Journalist Zoreslav Zamoiskyy found dead in Bucha

The body of Pryirpinnia journalist Zoreslav Zamoiskyy was foud in Bucha, Kyiv region.

According to the city council, his body was found on B. Hmelnytskyy street in Bucha and had signs of violent death.

Zoreslav Zamoiskyy had been working with "Hromada Pryirpinnia" and "Informatsiyny portal" periodicals.

Zamoiskyy made his last Facebook post on March 4. Namely, he mentioned an electricity blackout. "During the day all electric appliances burned to hell due to the voltage overload in the network. That includes the fridge. In the house now. Silence outside. Just distant explosions every now and then. The tanks and other vehicles have long gone in some unknown direction. Only God knows what is going to be happening at night, I can only suppose... It may be that tomorrow I won't have neither Internet nor phone connection. Maybe for a long time. Living by the circumstances, as they say," the journalist wrote.

According to IMI's intelligence, in March, russian occupants have committed 155 crimes against the media and journalists on Ukrainian territory. Namely, six journalists have been killed while carrying out their professional duties.

russians keep threatening Volyn journalists

"Konkurent" news agency and "Volyn Online" website received threatening emails from russia again.

The media's editorial teams shared this with IMI representative in Volyn region.

Namely, on April 11, "Konkurent" editorial email address received a letter from user "Artem Krasilnikov" written in russian. The letter threatens interrogation and incarceration upon all journalists who support Zelenskyy's "neonazi" regime.

On April 13, "Volyn Online" editor Maryana Metelska received a rhymed email in russian with such contents:

Prepare to change your microphone

Prepare to change your camera

For obscene criminal jargon

And a dirty prison chamber.

We remind that in April, several threatening emails have been sent to the editorial staff of the "Konkurent" website, "Konkurent TV" channel, and "Volyn Online."

12.04.2022

"Rivne Vechirne" website attacked almost three hundred times since the beginning of the full-scale war

"Rivne Vechirne" website has sustained 249 cyber attacks between February 24 and April 12. Most of the attacks came from Chinese and russian territory.

"Rivne Vechirne" chief editor Bohdan Slonets reported this to IMI.

According to him, 95% of the attacks were repelled, but the perpetrators managed to make the website unavailable for a short while due to DOS and DDoS attacks. The website was down for 24 minutes total. The attacks mostly created issues in uploading content.

"89 attacks were the 'scan' kind, the ones that scan your website to find code vulnerabilities and a way to upload shell and viruses. 158 were DDoS attacks, mostly coming from China – 37%, russia – 34%, TOR network – 16%, Ukraine – 6%, Germany – 4%, and less than 3% from other countries," Bohdan Slonets said.

The website also sustained two direct mass attacks on the VDS (virtual dedicated server) where the website is hosted.

According to the website's editor, the attacks happen when the media reports on the threat of invasion from belarus that borders Rivne region.

According to "Similarweb" platform, in March the website's attendance has grown significantly and now constitutes 2 million visitors.

We remind that the most popular media outlet in Rivne region, "Radio Track," also undergoes constant attacks.

11.04.2022

Roskomnadzor demands that Zaporizhzhia website deletes information on rf's war in Ukraine

Roskomnadzor demands that Zaporizhzhia website Vmeste deletes information on rf's war in Ukraine. The website's editor Ivan Horin shared this on his Facebook page on April 11.

"These [truckers] are mad that Vmeste website covers the so-called 'special military operation' the wrong way and calls occupants, murderers, and marauders occupants, murderers, and marauders," the editor wrote.

According to him, Roskomnadzor filed a complaint to the hosting's owner, the German company Hetzner Online GmbH, and demands to shut the website down unless the "information that is being spread in a manner that violates the law" is deleted.

The russian regulator noted that the Ukrainian website contains "unreliable information of public importance about the special military operation that is being carried out by russian forces, its form, the conduct of military activities, as well as information about attacks on civil infrastructure objects, numerous casualties among Ukrainian civillians and the armed forces of russian federation."

The "Vmeste" editor Ivan Horin hopes that "Hetzner makes the only acceptable decision – to send Roskomnadzor to follow the russian warship."

Journalists from Zaporizhzhia's inform.zp.ua website receive threats of interrogation and incarceration sent from rf

More than six messages with threats were sent from russia to the editorial email address of Zaporizhzhia’s inform.zp.ua website, as well as to its chief editor Erik Brynza privately, from April 6 to 11. Some of the emails are written in verse.

Erik Brynza shared this with IMI’s representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

According to him, the editorial email account received two such letters lately. The first one is from "Artem Osipov," the second one from "Artem Krasilnikov." Both letters were sent from mail.ru addresses on April 8 and 11 respectively. In these emails, the authors are threatening the editors’ team with criminal prosecution in accordance with russian federation’s laws on "promoting fakes," "supporting Zelenskyy’s neonazi regime," and "spreading misinformation about the actions of russian army."

According to the website’s editor, he received four private messages with threats via Telegram on April 6, 7, 8, and 9. All were sent from russian phone numbers, two were written in verse and contained threats about criminal prosecution, interrogations, and incarceration. For example, one message reads: "Deceiving the public with your agenda, spreading fakes for your propaganda, don’t you get a suspicion that Zelenskyy is a liar? Are you ready, through capitulation, with penal institutions as the place of your emigration, to meet such a shameful end?" The private messages also repeatedly state that all the journalists who "support Zelenskyy’s neonazi regime" will be sent "to investigating authorities to be questioned and charged, with subsequent deployment to penal facilities."

Zaporizhzhia website 061.ua keeps receiving threats from russia

Zaporizhzhia website 061.ua keeps receiving threats from russia – the editorial team received three more threatening letters between April 7 and 9.

The team shared this with IMI representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

The letters were sent from the mail.ru service. The emails' topics read: "For reading. IMPORTANT," "Read and think," "Must read." They are yet again about facing criminal responsibility for "spreading fakes and lies."

"All the staff of Ukrainian media and websites who spread fake news and lies about the actions of russian troops on Ukranian territory and cover for the banderites will face criminal prosecution in the nearest future. No one will go unpunished," says the email sent on April 7 by user "Alexander Medvedev."

The next email, from Artem Krasilnikov, recommends the editoial staff to "learn some prison slang, for you have very few moments of freedom left."

On April 9, the team received another letter from Artem Osipov that briefly informs that "every media person spreading propagandist fakes will soon be held accountable with all the severity of russian federation's law."

On April 11, the team received a letter from Artem Krasilnikov again, threatening interrogation and incarceration. The email states that "soon all the journalists who support Zelenskyy’s neonazi regime will be sent to investigating authorities to be questioned and charged, with subsequent deployment to penal facilities."

Volyn media keeps receiving threats from russia

Volyn's "Konkurent TV" channel and "Volyn Online" website received threatening emails sent from russia. The emails contain "recommendations" concerning the journalists' responsibility for covering the actions of the aggressor state and its army.

The media's editors shared this with IMI's representative in Volyn oblast.

As "Konkurant TV" editor Oleksandra Kruteyeva stated, on April 8 the editorial email address received a letter from user "Nikolai Petukhov." The letter contained a message in russian: "Soon all the journalists and media persons will have to answer according to all the severity of russian law, because russian troops are already moving towards Kyiv. I recommend you learn some prison slang, for you have few moments of freedom left."

The "Volyn Online" editor Maryana Metelska received a similar letter on April 8. On April 9, she received the thrid threatening letter. "For spreading misleading information about the actions of russian troops and promoting Zelenskyy's regime, all journalists will face criminal responsibility with subsequent deployment to penal facilities," the email says.

On April 11, Maryana Metelska received the fourth letter from russians. This letter, written in russian by user "Artem Krasilnikov," was threatening that all journalists who support Zelenskyy's "neonazi" regime will be sent for questioning and charged, with subsequent deployment to penal facilities."

We remind that on April 7, two Volyn media outlets – "Konkurent" and "Volyn Online" information agencies – received threatening emails sent from russia. In these emails, journalists are threatened with criminal responsibility for "fakes and lies about the actions of russian armed forces in Ukraine."

10.04.2022

Occupants launch their propagandist radio in Enerhodar

In the temporarily occupied city of Energodar,  Zaporizhzhia region, the russian occupants started broadcasting "Radio russia."

This was reported on April 10 on the Telegram channel of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration.

"In Enerhodar, the enemy managed to create a "Radio russia," through which they spread false and distorted information, hostile propaganda, and broadcast songs that glorify putin and the greatness of russia," the statement says.

It is also reported that the occupants are spreading propagandist photos where they distribute alleged humanitarian aid from russia to retirees in the city. "Judging by the photos, the products were delivered only to four people," the RSA reports.

As IMI reported, in March, after the russian occupation, the local Enerhodar television (ENTS) (Energodar Television Systems) announced the forced cessation of broadcasting.

07.04.2022

"Novyny Poltavshchyny" editors receive threats from occupants via email

On April 7, the editorial staff of "Novyny Poltavshchyny" communal informational agency received an email threatening criminal accountability for alleged spreading of fake news and lying about the russian troops' actions on Ukraninan territory.

The head of "Novyny Poltavshchyny" Yurii Nikolaev reported this to the IMI representative in Poltava region.

According to him, the editorial staff received the first letter from user "Ilya Nekrasov," the second one – from "Artem Krasilnikov," both sent from mail.ru addresses.

"All the staff of Ukrainian media and websites who spread fake news and lies about the actions of russian troops on Ukranian territory and cover for the banderites will face criminal prosecution in the nearest future. No one will go unpunished," – such message, but written in russian, was sent to the editorial team.

According to the journalist, the editorial team had received such threatening letters before, around 5-6 times in total.

"I tried to tell them to follow the russian warship's course, but the email would not go through. I tried twice," said Yurii Nikolaev.

Two Volyn media outlets receive threats from russia

Two Volyn media outlets received emails with threats from russia.

The editorial staff of "Volyn Online" and "Konkurent" shared this with the IMI representative.

The letters were sent from the mail.ru email service (banned in Ukraine) and contain threats of criminal prosecution for "fakes and lies about the actions of russian armed forces in Ukraine."

As the editor of the "Volyn Online" news website Maryana Metelska, on April 7 in the afternoon a letter in russian has been sent to the editorial staff's email by the user "Vladislav Yefremov."

This email read: "All the staff of Ukrainian media and websites who spread fake news and lies about the actions of russian troops on Ukranian territory and cover for the banderites will face criminal prosecution in the nearest future. No one will go unpunished."

The journalist told that she has not received such letters before. Maryana Metelska attempted to reply to the letter and advise the sender to follow the russian warship. However, she could not send the email, as an error message popped up that the mail.ua domain address was not found.

The editor of IA "Konkurent" Andriy Luchik has also received a similar letter. The email was sent by the user "Konstantin Lavrentiev."

The journalist stated that before the letter arrived, a man with a Moscow phone number had called him, offering certain website maintenance services, to which the editor replied, "What do you need, moskalyk?" and sent the man after the russian warship.

The editors of Zaporizhzhia's 061.ua website keep receiving threats from russia

The editorial email of Zaporizhzhia's 061.ua website keeps receiving threatening letters. The website's editorial team shared this with the IMI regional representative in Zaporizhzhia region.

On April 3 and 4, the editorial team received two more letters from the mail.ru email service, banned in Ukraine. The letters have nearly identical contents, but different senders.

Namely, the April 3 letter, sent by the user "Antonin Loginov," states that "the russian army is regrouping in the Kyiv and Chernihiv directions," after which it will "attack," and "soon the russian troops will arrive in your city and liberate it from the banderites." "You will have to answer for spreading anti-russian fakes and discrediting the rfaf. Your SSU supervisors and Zelenskyy's hordes will not help you. Prison awaits you," the message reads.

The April 4 letter, sent at 2:40 AM by the user "Gennadiy Bobrov," states that "virtually every article published on your website contains violation of several articles of rf cc." The message also mentions "the liberation of the city from the banderites" and that the journalists "will face accountability for the crimes of the dumpster you work for." The letter warns that "every journalist or staff member of the website guilty of spreading anti-russian fakes and discrediting the rfaf will soon be held accountable with all the severity of russian law."

We remind that the 061.ua website editors have already received such threats three timed before – on March 25, 26 and 28.

06.04.2022

Roskomnadzor threatens to block "Trybun" media after a news report about russian shellings of Rubizhne and Popasna

Rubizhne newspaper "Trybun" (Luhansk region) received a letter from Roskomnadzor demanding to delete the news report about the shelling of Rubizhne and Popasna by the russian occupants.

This was announced by the editor-in-chief of "Trybun" Oleksiy Artyukh.

If the editorial office refuses, Roskomnadzor threatens to block the media in russia.

Oleksiy Artyukh notes that "a compromise solution has been proposed." He added a screenshot of the response of the editors, in russian:

“We offer a compromise option. There are two chairs: one with upturned pikes, the other with half-liter bottles. Which one will you sit on, and which one will you seat putin on? Russian warship, go fuck yourself! Glory to Ukraine! With contempt, the editorial board of the socio-political columnist 'Trybun.'"

Despite the fighting in the Luhansk region, 'Trybun' does not stop working and continues to cover events in the region.

05.04.2022

Radio Klass from Izyum stopped broadcasting

Radio station “Klass" from the town of Izyum, Kharkiv region, stopped broadcasting in the town.

This was reported to the IMI representative by the media.

The radio station also stopped broadcasting in Kupyansk (Kharkiv region) and Kostiantynivka (Donetsk region).

In Izyum and Kupyansk, the radio station stopped broadcasting on February 26, on the eve of the occupation of the city, when the fighting continued. And in Kostiantynivka broadcasting was stopped on March 14.

This decision was made after all the women employees left, trying to evade shelling, so no one left to do the job, to stay was to dangerous, the editorial office said. 

"After the occupation of Izyum, they decided to stop broadcasting, so as not to become the aggressor's spokesman," the editorial board stressed.

They added that the listeners were confused because they were used to listen to the radio station every day.

“They wrote to us, called us, asked us. We explained why we made such a decision, "the radio station spokeswoman said in a comment to IMI.

Radio “Klass” is a non-governmental music and information network radio station in the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions, covering Izyum and Kupyansk of Kharkiv region, as well as Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk and Bakhmut of Donetsk region, about 1 million listeners.

Radio Track undergoing systematic DDoS attacks

Rivne's most popular media, Radio Track, has been under systematic DDoS attacks since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine.

Mykola Kulchynskyy, editor-in-chief of Radio Track, told IMI about this. 

Radio Track users are often unable to access the page – an error message pops up in the browser.

According to Mykola Kulchynsky, the attack is targeting the Lviv server. The site is failing as powerful attacks are on. The most often, the editorial board is unable to publish materials. Currently, the IT specialists try to fix the problem.

"We have had problems since the beginning of the war. That is, at least since the beginning of March, it happened in outbreaks. Last time, they were very bad. They were such that we had to switched off. You prepare the story, you prepare it, but you can't make it public. You put it, but no one reads it. It was in a different kinds, but these recent days it was simply impossible to work. This is an obstacle to journalistic activity, because we cannot work properly," Mykola Kulchynsky said.

The media is still working. In addition, according to the service "Similarweb," in February, hits rose to more than 2 million.

04.04.2022

CNN team near Mykolaiv just meters away from incoming artillery rounds – CNN

A CNN team at a crossroads just south of Mykolaiv, near the town of Oleksandrivka, was just meters away from incoming artillery rounds on Monday, leaving their vehicle destroyed, as CNN reported.

The team managed to leave moments later, experiencing what regular Ukrainians are living daily during this war.

CNN's Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman, producer Kareem Khadder, photojournalist John Torigoe, translator Valeriia Dubrovska and their team had stopped at the crossroads to speak with a few Ukrainian soldiers who were behind a berm.

As Wedeman was filming a standup wearing full body armor, they witnessed a "very large incoming round impact uncomfortably nearby and took cover." The impact was about 150 meters away from their location. The team hit the ground as another round came in.

"We hugged the ground and then ran for the cars. We jumped in our Mitsubishi Pajero, but it was destroyed. The car wouldn’t start. At least two of the tires were flat. All the windows shattered. The tank was punctured and leaking diesel and other fluids," Wedeman reported. 

The team ran to their other vehicle, which also had damage due to shrapnel, got in and drove off.  

We remind that on April 4, there were four fires in the Mykolaiv area as a result of the russian attacks: the granary, the house and cars burned down. Civilians received shrapnel wounds.

Editor-in-chief of Zaporizhzhya site threatened with jail

The editor-in-chief of the Zaporizhzhya website inform.zp.ua Eric Brynza receives threats from russian numbers in his telegram messenger. He reported about it to the representative of IMI in the Zaporizhzya region.

Eric Brynza said the first message he got from an unknown number with the code of the russian Federation on March 30. In particular, it read: “In fact, every piece published on your resource has a crime under several articles of the Criminal Code. When russian troops occupy your city and liberate it from the Bandera supporters, you will be held accountable for the crimes of the trash hole you work for. Get ready, it will happen soon. "

The next day, March 31, the editor-in-chief received a new message from another issue of the russian Federation, saying that "russian soldiers" would soon be in the city, releasing him from the "Banderites" again. To do this, the author writes, "the russian army is regrouping its troops in Kiev and Chernihiv regions and then will go on the offensive." "You will have to answer for the replication of anti-russian fakes and for discrediting the russian Federation. You will be responsible for all this under russian law. Your curators from the SBU and Zelensky's gang will not help you. You will be in jail, you! ” threatened the sender.

On April 3, Eric Brynza received a new message under the same scheme. "Every time you publish anti-russian fakes in the pages of your" media "in favor of the neo-Nazi propaganda of the puppet regime of Zelensky, remember that soon the russian army will establish control over all liberated cities of Ukraine and you will have to answer for their criminal actions," it is said in the message.

03.04.2022

In Mariupol, russians killed Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius.

In Mariupol, the russian military killed Lithuanian director and documentary filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius, as it was reported by " Army Inform ", russian director Vitaly Mansky and Lithuanian media. 

"Army Inform" notes that the director died, when he was trying to leave the city. According to Lithuanian media, a rocket could have hit his car.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has already expressed his condolences over the death of Kvedaravičius, delfi.lt reports.

"Not only Lithuania, but the whole world has lost a famous artist who, despite the danger, worked in Ukraine, which was attacked by russia. I wish strength and strength to his family, friends and all fans of Kvedaravičius' talent, "said the Lithuanian President.

Mantas Kvedaravičius was born in 1976. He received a master's degree in cultural anthropology from Oxford University. In 2011, he made the documentary Barzah about the war-torn Chechnya. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won an Amnesty International Award. 

In 2016, he made a documentary "Mariupol" about the city, which a year earlier was at the forefront of the russian-Ukrainian war. The film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival.

Invaders abducted journalist Oleksander Hunko in Khrson region

On April 3, in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region, russian invaders abducted and deported Oleksander Hunko, a local journalist and writer and editor of the "Nova Kakhovka City" online publication, and went in an unknown direction.

The journalist’s daughter Oksana Hunko told it, according to the head of the regional organization of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine who said it on Facebook.

According to the daughter, prior to that the journalist's apartment was searched.

A few hours before the arrival of the armed russians, the publication "New Kakhovka City" published a story about the violent suppression of a peaceful rally in Kakhovka by the invaders. 

02.03.2022

Photojournalist Max Levin killed by russian troops; according to Prosecutor general

Photojournalist Maksym Levin, who went missing while performing journalistic duties in March in the Kyiv region, has been found dead. This was reported to the Institute of Mass Information by the Office of the Prosecutor General.

“The journalist's body was found in the village of Huta Mezhyhirska in Vyshhorod district. According to preliminary information, unarmed Maxim Levin was killed by servicemen of the russian Armed Forces by two shots of small arms,” the report reads.

Police found the body of a photojournalist on April 1.

The Vyshhorod District Prosecutor's Office is probing in the crime for violation of laws and customs of war (Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). 

According to LB.ua, where Max worked for a long time, he and Aleksiy Chernyshov, a military and former photographer, was going to document the crimes of russian aggression. The fate of Oleksiy Chernyshov is currently unknown. 

Max Levin is survived by four minor sons, a wife and elderly parents.

Funeral and family assistance:

Monobank: 4441114420335646 - Zoryana Stelmakh;

PrivatBank: 5168757403122528 - Inna Varenytsia.

The family will announce the date and place of the farewell to Max Levin in the near future.

As IMI reported, photojournalist Maksym Levin went missing on the front line in the Vyshhorod district outside Kyiv, where he was performing his professional duties and covering the war. The last time, he got in touch was on March 13. 

Maksym Levin was born in 1981 in the Kyiv region. He worked as a photojournalist, documentary photographer and cameraman for many Ukrainian and international publications, collaborated with Reuters, BBC, TRT World, Associated Press, LB.ua, Hromadske. His photos were published by such publications as the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Break.

01.03.2022

Website of Chernihiv 0462.ua targeted with DDoS attack

The editorial office of the Chernihiv City Website 0462.ua reported about a DDoS attack on its resource on the morning of April 1. 

This was reported by the resource on its Facebook page. 

"Since the morning our information web resource has been under a powerful DDoS attack. Obviously, our texts hounded the enemy from behind the border. To protect the website, the support service has limited the access for users from outside Ukraine for some time. So, if you visit the site from European or other countries, access to it will be limited. Sorry for the inconvenience, we are working to restore the site as soon as possible and complete for all users," the statement says.

The resource has been actively covering the developments of russia's armed aggression on the territory of Ukraine, recording the crimes of the occupants in Chernihiv region since February 24, 2022.

The site is one of the five most visited in the region.

Kropyvnytsky edition Zlatopil hacked

Kropyvnytsky news portal Zlatopil was targeted with a cyber attack, causing disfunction  of which access to the resource was temporarily lost. 

This was reported to the regional representative of IMI in Kirovohrad region by the editor of the publication Olena Shenderovska.

"On the night of March 31 to April 1, there was an attempt to hack the site, overloading our server. It is difficult to establish where the attack was launched from, because the attackers used proxy servers. So far, the site has been restored," Shenderovskaya said. 

The editor stressed that since the beginning of the full-scale war of russia against Ukraine, the publication pays special attention to cybersecurity to protect the site from possible hacking and loss of information.

As IMI reported, at the end of March the Kropyvnytskyi edition of Photoinform was attacked by DDoS , as a result of which some of the already published materials were lost.

31.03.2022

Journalist Konstantin Ryzhenko went missing in Kherson

Journalist and volunteer Konstantin Ryzhenko went missing in Kherson. 

An anonymous telegram channel related to Kherson law enforcement officers reported his disappearance at 8 am on March 31, as the regional representative of IMI reported.

At 6:00 p.m., the fake Kherson Rescue Committee's Telegram channel managed by local collaborators announced Ryzhenko's detention.

And at 7:01 p.m. the Ryzhenko's telegram channel published a post, which was scheduled and one that should have been published in case something happened to him.

"Hi there. If you are reading this text, so something has happened. This is a deferred message, the date of publication of which I constantly postpone for a day or two. If it was published, I could not postpone the date again. The signal, of course, is unpleasant, but do not panic right away. There can be several reasons. 1. I found myself in a situation where there is no connection for a long time, and it is not possible to get to the place where it is. 2. I could have lost my phone or broken it so that the enemy didn’t get it under such a threat," Ryzhenko wrote.

It is known that after the occupation of Kherson, Konstantin Ryzhenko was engaged in volunteer activity to provide food and medicine. He was constantly covering his activities on his own channel in a telegram. 

On March 12, Konstantin Ryzhenko reported on Radio Liberty that the russian occupiers were also looking for him. "In the last few days, when the Special Rapid Deployment Force and the Rosguard (russian Guards) came in the city, Rosguard representatives began to go from house to house and knock on the doors of activists, former SBU officers, and former servicemen. Journalists are threatened. There is information that one journalist was taken away, but this is unverified information. I was informed for several times that they looked for me especially and they were questioning about me. With a photo robot, for some reason. They went to the entrances to specific floors, knocked out specific doors and ransacked certain apartments," Kostiantyn Ryzhenko told Radio Liberty at the time.

On April 1, a Telegram channel from the fake Kherson Rescue Committee reported that the russians had set free Kherson journalist Konstantin Ryzhenko. At the same time, neither Ryzhenko himself nor his friends confirmed it.

Mind portal targeted with cyber attack from russia

Journalist business portal Mind reported a cyber attack on a website from russia.

The publication announced this on its Facebook page. 

"Dear friends, sorry: our site was attacked from russia. We will be back soon,” the message reads.

Kropyvnytsky Photoinform edition lost part of content due to DDoS attacks

Edition of Photoinform in Kropivnytsky was targeted by a DDoS attack last week, and as a result some of the already published materials were lost. 

This was reported to the regional representative of IMI in the Kirovohrad region by the editor of the publication Igor Filipenko.

According to the editor, technical experts found the attacks from Luhansk.

“The portal was attacked several times during March 21–22. Due to the large number of requests from IP addresses 188.190.92.193 – 74416 requests and 188.190.94.148 – 1389075, the site was blocked. In order for the site to work properly, the data had to be "rolled back" to two weeks ago, so some information from March 10 to 22 was lost," as Filipenko commented on the incident. 

Currently, the edition resumed its work.

30.03.2022

Zaporizhzhya investigative journalist put on list of russia’s enemies

Kateryna Rozhdestvenska, a journalist with the Zaporizhzhya Center for Investigation, was brought as an enemy to the database of the russian Committee for the Protection of National Interests. She is listed as a "Ukrainian propagandist."

This was reported by the head of the NGO Serhiy Sidorov to the regional representative of IMI in Zaporizhzhya region.

For example, the russians call the journalist "an employee of the US Department of State-sponsored" Zaporizhzhya Investigation Center" and write that she "spreads fake news about the actions of russian servicemen."

"In particular, [Kateryna Rozhdestvenska] voiced one of the Ukrainian propaganda messages that russian servicemen allegedly intended to carry out a terrorist attack at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Rozhdestvenska is also cynically mocking the deaths of soldiers and dreams of writing a study on how "the corpses of the occupiers will affect the soil of Zaporizhzhya region," said in a letter to the journalist. The description of the "case" includes quotes from the investigator, posted on Facebook on her page in the first days of russia's war against Ukraine.

According to Kateryna Rozhdestvenska, a representative of IMI, a colleague from Odessa informed her about her inclusion to the list. 

"It was unexpected for me, because I don't know exactly why I was called an enemy and a propagandist, if there are better-known journalists who do much more on the information front. On the one hand, it can be called, albeit painful, but a recognition. On the other hand, it is frightening, of course, because I am a human being who cares about my safety, health and life, ”she said.

Data about the journalist was added to the site on March 25, 2022. There are also at least 17 other Ukrainians on the site, who are called propagandists, including Vitaliy Portnikov.

28.03.2022

For the third time, Zaporizhzhya website 061.ua threatened by russia

The website 061.ua in Zaporizhzhya received the third letter of threats on March 28. This was reported to the regional representative of IMI in the Zaporizhzhya region by the staff of the site. The letter was sent from the mail.ru which is banned in Ukraine from "Lilia Bragina". The subject of the letter reads in Ukrainian: "Look, this is important!"

In particular, the letter reads: "Soon the law of the russian federation will come into force in your city, and all accomplices of the neo-Nazi regime of Ukraine, including Ukrainian media, will be prosecuted for criminal actions in support of Zelenskyy's Banderite regime."

The report urges journalists to refrain from replicating anti-russian fakes about the russian military, "it's not too late."

It will be recalled that on March 25, several Ukrainian media received anonymous letters with threats – Evropeyska Pravda, Hlavkom and Zaporizhzhya sites 061.ua and inform.zp.ua. They are threatened with interrogation and imprisonment under the articles "extremism" and "terrorism."

"Krym.Realii" media outlet received an e-mail with threats of imprisonment in Siberia for "spreading fakes about the russian army."

Zaporizhzhya site 061.ua under threats again. This time threats of prison in Siberia

The Zaporizhzhya website 061.ua received another letter on March 26 with threats and demands to resign. The regional representative of IMI was told about it by the staff of the website.

This time the letter was signed by Radiy Ryzhkov and sent again from the mail.ru which is banned in Ukraine.

The letter, in particular, says that soon the russian army "will occupy all cities of Ukraine, the interim authority would be established in Ukraine and the military tribunal to investigate the war crimes of the Zelenskyy regime is to be set up." 

"All journalists and employees of the Ukrainian media who were engaged in propaganda to please the neo-Nazis and spread fakes against the russian army will be prosecuted and sentenced to real prison terms," ​​the letter reads.

The author of the letter urges the editorial staff to "resign immediately until it's too late", recommends to sabotage the orders from the media leadership and "switch to russian side". If these conditions are not met, journalists are threatened with correctional labor in russian colonies in the Siberian Federal District.

As IMI reported, two editions have already received similar letters – "European Pravda," "Hlavkom," and the Zaporizhzhia sites 061.ua and inform.zp.ua. They are also threatened with interrogation and imprisonment under the articles "extremism" and "terrorism."

Krym.Realii media outlet has received an email containing threats of imprisonment in Siberia for "spreading fakes about russian army."

RUSSIAN INVADERS CAPTURED ZAPORIZHZHYA JOURNALIST IRINA DUBCHENKO

Zaporizhzhya journalist Iryna Dubchenko was detained by the russian occupiers and taken to Donetsk. She was arrested in Rozivka, where she was caring for her old grandmother. This was reported by journalist Yakov Noskov.

Dubchenko is accused of supporting and hiding the Ukrainian military. According to Noskov, she was ratted out to the occupiers by locals. 

"Ira is accused of supporting and hiding the Ukrainian military. According to people, before that the Donetsk People republic people massacred several soldiers of the Armed Forces who were being treated at a local medical institution. Ira was ratted out by locals. At present, she has been sent out to Donetsk for some “investigative measures,” as Noskov reported.

Irina Dubchenko worked in the newspaper "Subota plus", "Politsovet", on the site Depo.Zaporizhzhya, in the UNIAN news agency. 

Vilne Radio editorial staff receives email threats

The editorial office of Vilne Radio in Donetsk region received email threats. This was announced by Vilne Radio's manager Anastasia Shibiko on her Facebook page.

"Vilne Radio's email box receives different things: people ask to find their relatives, take them out of the occupation, change the mayor, find weapons, food, etc., make a name for themselves, punish someone. But there are also things like this," Anastasia wrote.

In a comment to the IMI representative, Anastasia noted that she did not know who wrote the threats. "No, I do not know. This is sent via the feedback form on the radio's website. We simply googled the email, it says that it belongs to some Moscow company. But idk, to be honest, it's very superficial," said Anastasia Shibiko.

The editorial office has not yet decided how they will react to these letters.

"I don't know how to react, to be honest. It looks more like an attempt to intimidate me than real threats. But if there is a place to send a statement, I will definitely send it," Anastasia added.

UNIAN journalist Dmytro Khylyuk went missing outside Kyiv

A correspondent for UNIAN went missing outside Kyiv. Most likely, Dmytro Khilyuk could be taken captive by the russian military. This was announced on Facebook by journalist Natalia Bohuta.

"My friend and colleague, journalist Dmytro Khilyuk, is in captivity. According to the information we have, he had been taken away by the occupiers in early March and is currently being held in a detention center in the town of Dymer, Kyiv region,” Natalia wrote.

In the comments to the post, she added that "we have informed the Exchange Center, the Security Service, Kyryl Tymoshenko, Oleksiy Arestovych, and Iryna Venediktova." The details of the detention and the place of detention, which were reported by witnesses, were provided to the official authorities.

"Subsequently, after talking to media representatives, in particular those who went through release of journalists, it was decided to make the information public," said Natalia.

27.03.2022

Krym.Realii receives threats about imprisonment in Siberia

"Krym.Realii" media outlet received an e-mail with threats of imprisonment in Siberia for "spreadinf fakes about the russian army."

The editorial staff of Krym.Realii reported this to IMI.

The letter came from the user "Andrian Sudiropoulo" through the mail.ru mail service (banned in Ukraine).

The letter, in particular, states that the russian army "will soon occupy all cities of Ukraine and a military tribunal will be established to investigate the war crimes of Zelenskyy's regime and its accomplices."

"All journalists and Ukrainian media persons who promote the neo-Nazis and spread fakes against the russian army will be prosecuted and given real prison terms. It is not too late to resign, sabotage the orders of your leadership and side with russia. Otherwise, penal colonies of the FBS of the russian federation in the territory of the Siberian Federal District are waiting for you," the anonymous user's letter reads.

As IMI reported, two editions have already received similar letters – "European Pravda," "Hlavkom," and the Zaporizhzhia sites 061.ua and inform.zp.ua. They are also threatened with interrogation and imprisonment under the articles "extremism" and "terrorism."

26.03.2022

russian troops seriously injured cameraman Oleksander Navrotskyy

Cameraman Oleksander Navrotskyy received a severe leg injury on the front line. As he was filming the story, Navrotsky came under fire from the enemy's multiple rockets launcher "Grad" in Kyiv region. This was announced by director Volodymyr Sydko.

"Oleksander is now in a satisfactory condition in the hospital, but to get on his feet literally requires an expensive treatment and rehabilitation. We, his closest friends, will do everything possible to get him back in line, but without your help. I ask you all, as I have never asked, to help! I understand that during this cynical war, not everyone can afford it, but even a few hryvnias will come in handy! Below are the bank details of Oleksander and his dad. Maximum repost! Endlessly grateful to all."

Ukrainian FM radios stopped working in Kherson

Ukrainian FM radio channels have stopped working in Kherson. This was reported by Suspilne Kherson. Residents of the city report that currently only russian radio channels are broadcast in this range.

25.03.2022

1+1 journalist Andriy Tsaplienko received a shell fragment wound

1+1 TV channel “TSN. Tyzhden” journalist Andriy Tsaplienko received a shrapnel wound. He wrote about this on March 25 on FacebookTSN reports.

According to him, the injury is not serious. He did not provide other details.

"Got myself into trouble. Got a small shrapnel wound. The doctor promised it would heal before the victory, ” the journalist wrote.

According to 1+1 media, Tsaplienko was wounded in the evening of March 25 during a shelling by russian troops of a column of civilians in the Chernihiv region. 

Foreign journalists from the English-language channel TRT World (Turkey) and a special correspondent of TSN (1+1), Honored Journalist of Ukraine Andriy Tsaplienko were in the fired column. They performed an editorial task, recording the holding of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of civilians to a safe area.

"It happened today, March 25, at about 4:50 p.m., during the shelling of the humanitarian corridor to Chernihiv. There were many civilians and cars waiting for permission to cross into Chernihiv to pick up their relatives. After the drone recorded a crowd, 15 minutes later the shelling began. First they started firing from Smerch (heavy multiple rocket launcher), then from 122 mm caliber artillery, then a mortar was connected, and at the final stage it was a tank. All this lasted at least an hour and a half," Andriy Tsaplienko said. 

Together with Tsaplienko there was the TV film crew of the English-language channel TRT World. "Despite the fact that their colleagues are experienced military journalists, they were shocked, because for the first time they found themselves under such heavy artillery fire. As well as shocked by the brutality of the russian military towards the civilian population," said the journalist. 

Now Andriy is on an IV: "The doctors said the wound was A-grade. This means that everything will be fine and I am very lucky."

We remind that, according to IMI, during a month of full-scale invasion of the russian federation into Ukraine (from February 24 to March 24) at least seven journalists were wounded as a result of attacks by the russian occupants.

IMI site targeted with DDoS attack due to our list of war crimes of russian federation

The IMI site was under a powerful DDoS attack on March 25, which may cause interruptions in our work. 

IMI links the cyber-attack to the publication of the List of 148 crimes committed by russia against journalists and media in Ukraine in the month since the beginning of the large-scale invasion of Ukraine, from February 24 to March 24, 2022.

We continue to report on freedom of speech and crimes of the russian federation against journalists and media on their social networks: Facebook and Instagram .

We will remind, since February 24 the IMI site daily suffered cyber attacks which were made by hackers from the russian federation. At the time, hackers used various methods to hack into the IMI site to gain access to site administration. In particular, they tried to find vulnerabilities by writing scripts in the form of donations. However, due to the high degree of protection, they failed.

Another Zaporizhzhya newspaper received letter threatening with tortures

On March 25, the Zaporizhzhya website inform.zp.ua received a letter to the editorial office with threats and demands to the editorial staff to resign, or otherwise they will be subjected to interrogations with tortures. 

This was announced by the IMI representative in the Zaporizhzhya region.

According to him, the letter came in the afternoon from the user "Abdulhamid Govorov" from the banned mail in Ukraine mail.ua. The letter, in particular, states that the investigative committee of russia has opened a criminal case against all employees of the publication. 

"The case has been opened under the article "Extremism." All your contact and personal data have been handed over to russian law enforcement. After the russian army occupies the settlements where you live and work, you will be interrogated with tortures and imprisonment," the letter said.

It also emphasizes that media workers can appear as witnesses in the case and avoid "real punishment" if they "immediately resign from the media" in which they work. A photo of torture of civilians by people in military uniform and masks was also attached to the letter.

As IMI reported, two editions have already received similar letters – "European Truth" and the Zaporozhye site 061.ua. They are also threatened with interrogation and imprisonment under the articles "extremism" and "terrorism." Employees of Hlavkom have also received anonymous e-mail threats.

Anonymous user threatens Hlavkom journalists with imprisonment for "terrorism"

Staff of Hlavkom began receiving anonymous e-mail threats. 

According to Hlavkom, the threatening letter was signed by the user Akmol Plastinkin and came from the email address [email protected]

"All the data of the staff of your media has been leaked to the officers of FSB of russia," the user wrote.

The anonymous author said that every employee of the Hlavkom who "does not stop working for the Ukrainian propaganda of the Zelenskyy regime" will be punished under Article 205 "Terrorism" of the Criminal Code of the russian federation.

Akmol Plastinkin also threatened that Hlavkom employees would face imprisonment "in the near future."

The journalists believe that they are threatened because of reporting on russian-Ukrainian war.

As IMI reported, two editions have already received similar letters – "European Pravda" and the Zaporizhzhia website 061.ua. They were also threatened with interrogation and imprisonment under the articles "extremism" and "terrorism."

Zaporizhzhya 061.ua website received threats

The editorial board of Zaporizhzhya website 061.ua received a threatening letter. The letter was signed by Aizon Atayev and sent from mail.ru, which is banned in Ukraine.

This was reported to the regional representative of IMI by the staff of the site.

The letter, in particular, read: "All data of your media staff are leaked to FSB officers russia. Each of you who does not stop cooperating on the Ukrainian propaganda of the Zelenskyy regime will be punished under Article 205 "Terrorism" of the Criminal Code.

The letter offers to find out for yourself what prison terms will be threatened under this article in the near future, in particular, by reading the Criminal Code of the russian Federation.

As IMI reported, a similar letter was received on March 25 by the online publication Europeyska Pravda, and journalists were threatened with interrogation and imprisonment.

Europeyska Pravda received threat letter mentioning tough interrogation and jail

The online edition Evropeyska Pravda (European Truth/Ukrayinska Pravda) received an e-mail threatening with "tough interrogations and prison terms" in case of russian occupation.

The editor-in-chief of the edition Serhiy Sydorenko reported about it on Facebook.

The journalist told IMI that the letter had reached the editorial office and had been signed by some Mesrop Bryzgalov.

The letter said that russia's Investigative Committee had opened criminal cases against all journalists under the article "extremism."

"All your contact and personal data have been handed over to russian law enforcement authorities," the letter read.

Anonymous promised that when the russian army would take the settlements where journalists live, they will face "tough interrogations rounds and prison terms." Journalists are also asked to resign "right now" to witness and avoid a "real punishment."

Serhiy Sydorenko posted a screenshot of the letter on Facebook.

As IMI reported, in early March, Kherson collaborator Kirill Stremousov threatened the "dissidents" in occupied Kherson with russian imprisonment.

Odessa media received anonymous letters from the sender "Russkaya Odessa" in russian with the topic "Your chance to be savend" (spelling replicated) with threats and a call to "give up anti-russian activities."

Suspilne website hacked

A powerful hacker attack is being carried out on the Suspilne news site https://suspilne.media/. Due to this, the site is slowed down. 

This was reported by Suspilne in its telegram channel.

The media notes that it solves the problem and continues to report news on its social networks: Telegram Facebook , Instagram Youtube , Viber and Twitter .

We will remind, on March 1 the site of Suspilne broadcaster was hacked. According to the broadcaster, launched a virus that destroys files. 

On March 4, citizens of Ukraine began receiving e-mails with suspicious content allegedly from the press service of the Public Broadcaster.

24.03.2022 

russian invaders shell TV tower in Izyum

russian occupants shelled the TV tower in the town of Izyum, Kharkiv region. This was reported by Maksym Strelnyk, the head of the youth and sports department of the local city council.

According to him, the memorial to the Second World War on Kremyanets Mountain was also ruined.

"russian occupants are savagely destroying the historical memorial to World War II on Mount Kremyanets in Izyum. As a result of enemy shelling, not only historical monuments but also our television tower was destroyed. ruscists (russian+fascists –n/tr) are worse than fascists! We won’t forget it! We won’t forgive it! After our Victory, we will restore all our monuments in Kremyanka and be sure we will rebuild a new TV tower, which will be highlighted in yellow and blue. Glory to Ukraine!" – as Strelnik wrote.

As IMI reported, during the month of russia's attack on Ukraine (from February 24 to March 24), the russian occupiers fired on 10 TV towers in Ukraine.

23.03.2022

Cameraman for operator of 24 Channel Yuriy Oliynyk perished in battle near Popasna

Channel 24 cameraman Yuriy Oliynyk was killed in battle near the Popasna in Luhansk region.

This was reported on the TV channel's website.

He died on March 23. Yuriy Oliynyk went to war for the second time. He fought for the first time in 2014, when russian occupied Donbas.

"As soon as the full-scale war of the russian federation against Ukraine began, on February 24, Yuriy immediately announced that he would go to the front, and on the first day, he came to the military enlistment office. Colleagues say that Yuri admitted that he was going to war, and said goodbye to everyone. He immediately went to his brigade, with which he fought in Popasna in 2014, ” the TV channel reports.

Yuriy Oliynyk also worked with the ZAXID.net website, the publication reports .

According to the publication, he was a soldier of one of the brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which performed tasks in the combat zone. He was 39 years old.

Yura was an ATO veteran, fought in the Donbass in 2014-2015. After returning, he worked as a cameraman in the Lviv edition of Channel 24. He was fond of photography and hiking.

Colleagues-journalists on their pages on social networks began to publish posts about joint work with the cameraman Yuri Oliynyk. Yes, Sofia Troschuk wrote: “It hurts so much, I can't believe it. You were a good friend and best operator to me. You were, were, and became a Hero. Posthumously".

Andriy Drozda added: “I worked with Yura for several years. We shot the first issues of Piedmont, then the “Black and White”. In December, I pulled out his name in the office as a secret Nicholas. He wanted a book on the history of Ukraine. Mykola brought Mazepa's biography. Yura fought for Ukraine in the Donbass in 2014. This time, he joined the Armed Forces from the first day after the ruscist invasion (russian+fascists – n/tr). I will feel guilty before him for the rest of my life. Yurko, I loved you very much. We will definitely win. ”

As IMI reported, on March 18, the editor of the Zaporizhzhya site misto.zp.ua Oleg Yakunin died defending Ukraine from the russian occupants.

On March 24, publicist, historian, translator Serhiy Zaikovsky and veteran ministry spokesman Denis Kotenko were killed in a battle with the russian occupants outside Kyiv.

Journalist for The Insider killed in shelling in Kyiv

Oksana Baulina, a journalist working for the russian opposition newspaper The Insider, died on March 23 in a russian shelling in Kyiv while performing an editorial assignment.  

This was reported on the media's website.

According to the newspaper, Oksana Baulina was filming the destruction after the russian troops fired on the Podol district of the capital and she came under new missile strike. Another civilian was killed with her, and two people who accompanied her were injured and hospitalized.

Before joining The Insider, Oksana had been working for Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation. After the organization was added to the extremist list, she was forced to leave russia.

As a correspondent, Oksana went to Ukraine, where she managed to make several reports from Lviv and Kyiv before her death.

The periodical stated that it will continue covering the war in Ukraine, namely such russian war crimes as "indiscriminate shelling of residential areas that is killing civillians and journalists."

russian television started broadcasting in Kherson region

In the Kakhovka and Beryslav districts of the Kherson region, the russian occupants cut off Ukrainian broadcasting and launched russian television. 

This was announced by the regional representative of IMI in the Kherson region.

Ukrainian television was turned off in these areas on March 22, as employees of the Lyubimiv Village Council said.

According to an IMI source, russian troops entered the territory of the data center, which is located in the village of Vasylivka near Kakhovka on March 22. 

"Last night they turned off Ukrainian television, and this morning they launched russian broadcasting," said the IMI source.

Espresso site doesn’t work due toDDoS attack

The website of the Espresso TV channel was targeted with a powerful DDoS attack on the morning of March 23, as the co-owner of the Espresso channel Mykola Kniazhytskyi reported.

"Our Espresso website has been under strong DDoS attack since this morning. We will fix it soon," he wrote on Facebook.

The IMI website reported that experts are trying to fix the problem.

"RIA-Melitopol" journalist's father taken hostage by the invaders

In Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya region), the russian invaders took hostage the father of Svitlana Zalizetska, director of the “Holovna Gazeta Melitopolya” (Melitopol Main Newspaper) and the RIA-Melitopol website. The journalist asked IMI to make this incident public.

According to RIA-Melitopol, three invaders came to the journalist's house with a search at 7 am on March 23.

Retired parents - mother and father - were in the house. One of the occupiers was in civilian clothes, and two soldiers with machine guns. Everything was turned upside down in the house. They took the 75-year-old father of Zalizetsky, Yosyp Stanislavovych, in an unknown direction. The only requirement is to return home only after the daughter comes to them. The occupiers ignored the explanation that their daughter was not in the city. Relatives are trying to find out whereabouts of Svitlana Zalizetska's father, but nobody is willing to talk to them about this.

"I regard such actions of the occupying forces of the russian federation as terrorism. When they abducted my old father, they try to make me collaborate or demand that the site be shut down. The occupiers found documents – a Karta Poliaka – and began to ask my mother everything about relatives in Poland. Earlier, Halyna Danylchenko (a collaborator, head of the occupation administration of the city of Melitopol. - Ed. ) рad a preliminary "preventive" talk with me. The next meeting was to be with the commandant. The outcome was predictable, so I left the town. Otherwise, I would be sitting in the torture chambers of the occupiers' casemates, such as Mayor Ivan Fedorov, public activist Olha Haisumova and Serhiy Pryima, who is still being held captive," Svitlana Zalizetska said.

She appealed to all colleagues from the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine and international organizations to make the incident public and to help release her father from captivity. 

"He suffered a stroke, his mother suffered a major heart attack with cardiac arrest. I consider such methods of influence to be the Nazist ones. If something happens to my parents, it will be on the conscience of the occupiers, "said Svitlana Zalizetska.

We will remind, on March 21 the russian occupiers abducted all staff edition of MV-holding then its head Mikhail Kumok made the decision to suspend work of all holding.

RADIO FRANCE FIXER WAS KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED BY RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IN UKRAINE - RSF

On March 5, the russian military abducted Nikita (name changed), Radio France fixer, in a village in central Ukraine, tortured him, and held him captive for nine days.

This was announced on March 21 by the human rights organization Reporters Without Borders, whose representatives spoke with the fixer after his release from captivity.

According to the organization, on March 8, they received a signal from Radio France about the disappearance of the fixer and began searching for him.

According to Nikita, he was beaten, felt his teeth crumble in his mouth, was tortured with electric shocks, kept in an ice-cold waterlogged cellar, interrogated, not given food for 48 hours. He was also thrown into a ditch next to a dead dog and went through a mock-execution: a soldier standing over a ditch fired and a bullet grazed his head. He was later taken to a forest and tied to a tree and interrogated for five days. He was then released.

According to doctors, Nikita suffered hematomas in the head and all over the body, swelling of the right leg and numbness of the limbs due to electric shocks. Noting that the injuries were caused by the russian army, the doctor concluded that Nikita had received a "criminal injury." He is recovering, and his family managed to flee.

Reporters note that the recorder's testimony was verified in a conversation with another prisoner released together with Nikita, Nikita's family, and Radio France journalists with whom Nikita worked before the abduction. The RSF will provide this testimony to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor in addition to the two complaints they filed on March 4 and 16.

“Nikita has given us a chilling testimony that confirms the intensity of the war crimes perpetrated by the russian army against journalists,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Passing his testimony on to the ICC prosecutor is the least we can do for this courageous young fixer.”

RSF shared Nikita's story:

On March 5, Nikita accompanied a visiting Radio France crew on a reporting trip in the centre of the country, not far from the village where his family had sought refuge. At the hotel where they stayed, he learned that the road to his family’s village was open. As the bombardments were intense in the region, he decided to make a quick trip to see if his family was still there and to evacuate them. He borrowed the crew’s car after removing all the equipment. He had to cross three villages to reach his destination. 

Nikita was ambushed by a russian reconnaissance unit on the edge of a roadside forest while driving with a “Press” sign displayed on the front of the car. He recounts between 30 and 40 shots being fired to his car by automatic weapons. Lying on his side, he accelerated with the aim of getting away but hit a tree. Saved by his airbag, he shouted that he was a civilian, showed his hands to prove that he was unarmed and got out of the car. He counted six soldiers with a white ribbon tied around their legs. They seized him and threw him to the ground, searched and beat him. He was mistaken for a soldier who inspected the area to adjust artillery fire.

The soldiers pulled a hat over his eyes and took him to a house a few minutes away from the place of detention. Searching his phone, they found information related to his work as a fixer – about looking for bulletproof vests and plotting routes – that made them suspicious. They pulled him from the house, slammed him up against an outside wall, pulled up his cap, brushed his eye with a knife blade, ran it down his cheek, and threatened to cut his face. He explained that he was a fixer and interpreter for foreign journalists, but they hit him repeatedly with automatic rifle butts, on the face and body. Nikita felt pieces of teeth in his mouth and coughed up blood. The soldiers threw him into a ditch, next to a dead dog, and subjected him to a mock execution:  a soldier pretended that he wanted to check that his gun worked and fired a shot that grazed Nikita's head.

The soldiers then took him to their camp in the forest about ten minutes' walk away. With his cap pulled over his eyes again, Nikita could not see but from what he heard the camp seemed to consist of more than 100 soldiers, armoured vehicles and artillery. They tied him to a tree, stole his wedding ring, and removed his shoes. That afternoon, the soldiers beat Nikita again with rifle butts and steel bars on his legs. He lost consciousness several times. He said the soldiers seemed to be doing this for amusement.

Blindfolded, half-stunned, Nikita was moved and tied to another tree, and later to yet another one. He spent nearly three days in the forest, tied with his hands behind his back to trees. On 6 March, he was interrogated by a soldier he understands to be a Colonel. Nikita was asked about his activities. He spent another two days tied up in the forest. They stopped beating him, and other civilians were tied next to him. One of them, who was later released at the same time as Nikita, was contacted by RSF and helped to corroborate his account.

Nikita, this other prisoner and a third one were taken in an armoured car on 8 March to a place about 40 minutes away. On arrival, soldiers pulled him out of the vehicle, threw him to the ground,  a soldier sat on his back and he was asked the same questions as in the forest. The soldiers thought he was a spy who was using his job as a fixer as a cover.

A soldier rolled Nikita’s right trouser up to the knee and another gave him electric shocks. With his face pressed to the ground, Nikita was unable to see what instrument was used to administer the electric shocks, but he counted three or four shocks, each lasting five to ten seconds. The pain was such that every second felt like an eternity. The other two civilians were also tortured. The one RSF contacted said that a bag was put over his head to prevent him from breathing, and that he was beaten very violently.

The soldiers forced Nikita to write and sign a letter in which he declared his support for the russian army and the invasion of Ukraine. He and the other two civilians were then taken – tied and blindfolded – to the basement of a house whose floor was filled with water. They were left there for two days until, after begging their guards to take them to a less cold place, they were finally moved. On 10 March, they were taken to the basement of another house, where they were joined by another prisoner, a former senior Ukrainian civil servant.

In this house, the four prisoners are interrogated by a different kind of soldier. Nikita was only able to see their legs and boots but this was enough for him to realise they were not members of combat units. Their clean, polished boots and ironed trousers suggested they might be FSB or GRU members.

On 12 March, the prisoners were told they would be released the next day. And on the 13th they were indeed driven away. Nikita was released in a forest after an hour’s drive. He thought they were going to execute him and he ran. But he heard no shots and reached a road. After being stopped by other russian soldiers on the road, he feared he was going to be kidnapped again. But he managed to get into a car of Ukrainian civilians. “If you don't take him,” a soldier told the reluctant civilians, “we'll shoot him on the spot."

Nikita still has bruises all over his body, a swollen leg and difficulty moving his hands as a result of the electric shocks. The doctor who examined him found hematomas on his head and body, a swelling of the right leg, and numbness of the limbs that could be the result of electric shocks. Noting that Nikita’s injuries were inflicted by the russian army, the doctor went so far as to conclude that he had sustained “criminal trauma.” Nikita is now recovering. His family was able to escape.

22.03.2022

Invaders came to home of parents of journalist in Melitopol

The russian invaders came to the place of the parents of Kateryna Danylina-Levochko, the correspondent for the "Industrialnoe Zaporozhye" editorial office in Melitopol, on March 21 at 4 a.m. 

The journalist reported it to the representative of IMI in the Zaporizhzhia region. 

"Yesterday, March 21, at 4 am, the occupiers came to my parents' apartment, where I have not lived for nine years. Only my father was at home, my mother left the city the day before the war. They were looking for me. It is unclear why they came there. At the same time, they didn’t come to our apartment of me and my husband. They searched the parents' house and checked the father's phone, ”Kateryna said.

According to her, her father was asked whom she worked for, as well as information about the owner of the Melitopol Information Department, Mykhailo Kumok. Probably, the journalist notes, this was due to the fact that she had been working for that media.

According to Kateryna Danylina-Levochko, she is currently safe outside Melitopol.

russians invaders broke in to place of editor of Tokmak newspaper

Late in the evening on March 21, the russian invaders broke in to the editor of the local newspaper "Nashe Misto-Tokmak" (Zaporizhzhya region) Vitaly Holod. He reported this on his Facebook page. 

According to him, the invaders came to his house at about 22.00.

“Yesterday, March 21, at about 10 pm, the ruscists (russian+fascists – n/tr) broke into my house. Because I was absent, the door was broken, things and documents were searched, and the computer system block was stolen," the editor wrote. 

According to Vitaliy Holod, he was not injured and is currently outside the occupied city.

Photojournalist Max Levin went missing outside Kyiv

Ukrainian photojournalist Max Levin went missing on the front line outside Kyiv. His friend, photojournalist Markiyan Lyseiko, who is searching for him, reported it.

According to Lyseiko, the last time when Maksym Levin got in touch on March 13 in the Vyshhorod district near Kyiv. At the time, he was in the combat zone with his camera. 

On March 13, the journalist drove his own car to photograph the fighting. He left the car near the village of Guta Mezhyhirska and went towards the village of Moshchun. A messeg was sent from his phone at 11.23, after which he no longer got in touch and did not appear online.

"It later became known that in the area where Max was to work, intense fighting broke out, during which he could be wounded or taken prisoner by the russian military," said Markiyan Lyseiko.

Maxim Levin was born in 1981 in the Kyiv region. He works as a photojournalist and documentary photographer and cameraman for many Ukrainian and international publications, has worked with Reuters, BBC, TRT World, Associated Press, LB.ua, Hromadske. His photos were published by such publications as the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Break.

Markian Lyseiko asks to tell him any information about Max Levin.

Due to russian bots' strikes, Youtube blocked account of PTV UA Poltava TV channel twice

YouTube has blocked the channel of the Poltava TV channel PTV UA twice, and the channel's broadcasts on Facebook are deleted due to coverage of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine. 

Yulia Kostenko, the editor-in-chief of PTV UA TV channels, reported it on her Facebook page on March 22.

"Hate speech: the main YouTube channel PTV UA has been blocked, broadcasts on Facebook are taken down. We stay on T2 in the region, our Telegram channel keeps working, visit our website and subscribe to all backup sources," she said.

According to YouTube, the reason for the ban was hate speech, the editor told to the IMI representative in Poltava region. According to her, this happened for the second time.

The journalist added that their YouTube channel was currently available, but she thinks it could happen again.

Yulia Kostenko noted that they are being blocked due to russian bots' strikes  on some of their stories on YouTube.

“We receive warnings because of storiess about corpses, even though we blur them, music (putting our own over old videos or photos), shots of aggression and shelling / explosions (sounds). Also for speech: aggressive statements towards the occupants. We often present the horrors of the ruscists' activities, and their bots flood us with hundreds of strikes and comments with statements like "surrender, lay down your arms, you will all die, putin will save you…" said Yulia Kostenko in her comment to IMI representative in Poltava region.

21.03.2022

russia to sue host of "1+1" Natalia Moseychuk

The chairman of the Investigative Committee of the russian Federation  Aleksander Bastrykin instructed to initiate a case against the Ukrainian TV host of the 1+1 TV channel Natalia Moseychuk, Detektor Media reported.

They will try to bring the TV host to justice and put her on the international wanted list. The reason was that she  "expressed threats to russian pilots and their relatives on air." According to the Investigative Committee, Natalia Moseychuk  "expressed a misanthropic position and real threats."

According to russian media, the video of the broadcast from Moseychuk became public after it was spread on the telegram channel by ex-MP Ilya Kiva.

Recently, during the United News’s telethon, Natalia Moseychuk made comments as to reports of another bombing of Ukraine. She reminded of the responsibility of the military and their relatives. In particular, Natalia Moseichuk said that the wives of the russian invaders should be "afraid and understand that sooner or later" they will be widowed. She advised the fiancés of russian pilots to "find black headscarfs."

It should be noted that on March 20, the russian Telegram channel Troika announced a "hunt" for Moseychuk. The channel's admins urged subscribers to send any information to the host's relatives and friends, and "we will entertain you with news about their fate in the near future."

In the evening of the same day, the Telegram channel published the personal data of the host.

"Moseychuk Natalia Nikolaevna… how much cryptocurrency do you think our citizens can throw so that when you out of your apartment… in Kyiv ... you get your head cracked through with an ice axe for your message to the families of our pilots? We think that there are people in your Sumeria who will do it for half a Bitcoin and live stream it)" written in the channel.

It should be noted that this Telegram channel also publishes personal data of Ukrainian servicemen.

In Melitopol, invaders kidnapped Melitopolski Vidomosti journalists

In Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia region, representatives of the occupation authorities abducted several employees of the "Melitopolski Vidomosti" (MV), according to the local newspaper RIA-Melitopol.

“Armed persons came to the houses of journalists Yulia Olkhovska and Lyubov Chaika, publisher Mykhailo Kumok, and editor-in-chief of the 'Melitopolski Vidomosti' newspaper Yevhenia Boryan, took them away and took them to an unknown destination. The russians are trying to make them collaborate,” the report on the MV website reads. 

The MV website is currently out of action, but the publication reported a theft in a telegram channel.

Representatives of the holding company appeal to the leadership of the city and the country, colleagues from the Ukrainian and world press to speak in defense of Melitopol press representatives.

Update. According to IMI, the occupiers have already released Yevheniya Boryan. She had been taken away, interrogated, and then she came back.

The publication "Mistsevi Visti – Melitopol" reported on Facebook that the occupiers set free three MV female journalists after having talked to them about collaboration. "The whereabouts of Mykhailo Kumok are still unknown," the newspaper wrote.

We will remind, Melitopol is under the control of the russian troops. The city regularly protests against the russian invasion.

Earlier, the occupiers abducted Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov and public figure Olha Haisumova.

18.03.2022

Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchina would be in russian captivity

Journalist with Hromadske Victoria Roshchina is probably a prisoner of the russian invaders. The publication calls on the Ukrainian and international community to join efforts on the information field and by actions to contribute to the journalist's release, as Hromadske reported.

According to the publication, Roshchina made videos and wrote stories from hotspots in eastern and southern Ukraine all days of the russian-Ukrainian war. On March 11, the publication published a text in which she related how the temporarily occupied Energodar residents lives.

“These days, the journalist was preparing stories about military actions in Zaporizhzhya and Donetsk regions. She was going to travel all the way to Mariupol to talk about what was really going on in the city, which has been shelled by russian troops every day for more than two weeks. On the evening of March 11, Victoria Roshchina was probably on her way from Zaporizhzhya to Mariupol and had poor communication, so we could hardly speak on the phone. All that was known was that she had already left Energodar at that time, ”the newspaper reported.

On March 12, the editorial office was unable to contact Victoria. Some eye-witnesses, whom the publication did not name for safety reasons, said that she was in the temporarily occupied Berdyansk at the time.

On March 16, Hromadske learned that the day before (probably on March 15) Victoria Roshchina was detained by the FSB. 

"Currently, nothing is known about her whereabouts. Since last two days, we made every effort to release the journalist in a private manner. But it turned out to be ineffective," the publication notes. 

As reported by IMI, on March 8, Victoria Roshchina said that she came under russian fire in Zaporizhzhia. Her car, in which she was, was robbed.

Poltava site Zmist subjected to DDoS-attacks repeatedly

In Poltava, the website of the online publication Zmist (Content) is periodically subjected to DDoS-attacks since the beginning of the russian invasion on February 24.

Representatives of IMI in the Poltava region was told about it by the edition.

According to the editorial office, today, March 18, the site is down due to technical works.

“Our DDoS attacks started at the beginning of the war. They also parsed the news, but we have stepped up, so it does not hinder work. On March 18, the site is temporarily down due to technical work on the certificates, ”IMI representatives commented.

They promise to resume the work of the resource soon.

17.03.2022

Hackers attacked Ukrainian media sites and posted the russian flag with Z and V letters

The work of a number of Ukrainian central and regional media sites was affected with aninterference, some of them have placed russian flag and St. George's ribbon.

The picture also shows the letters Z and V, which mark the military equipment of the Armed Forces of the russian Federation, participating in the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

In particular, the cyber attack on the site was reported in the telegram channel Hromadske Radio.

"Right now Hromadske radio has been hit by a cyber attack: hromadske.radio. Our tech support team is already working on this!" the statement reads.

Censor.Net and "Novosti Donbassa" sites were also hacked.

According to IMI regional representatives, the Kherson site MOST, Volyn sites Pershyy, Buh and Visnyk suffered the same problem.

In Zaporizhzhia, journalists from the "Zaporizhzhia Reporter" stated that the site had been hacked. At about 6 pm, when trying to access the main page of the site's news, a tricolor and St. George's ribbon appeared on the screen. 

The site of the Independent Public Portal has been trageted in Khmelnytskyy region. The site is currently up and running.

The Odessa, sites "Odessa.Online" and "Bessarabia Inform" faced the same problem.

Poltava site "Kremenchuk Telegraph" reported that it is working to fix the problem.

"Novyny Poltavshchyny" reports that the site is temporarily down and isfixing this problem.

The reason for hacking

Head of Digital of Hromadske Radio Serhiy Omelchenko said that the reason for the hacking was an attempt at a mass unauthorized display of unacceptable advertising. The source of these adsis one of the most popular Redtram traffic exchange systems in Eastern Europe. HromadskeRadio tookdown the Redtram code from the site and restored access to it.

16.03.2022

Current Time (RFE/RL) TV crew also came under russian shelling in Kyiv region

The TV crew of the Current Time channel (RFE/RL) came under artillery fire from russian troops in the Kyiv region on March 15. This was reported on the channel's website.

According to the channel, the russian military targeted one of the villages in the northern direction.

The shelling caught journalist Borys Sachalko and his cameraman in the field. They were in press vests and were able to reach cover. Boris lost the microphone, but survived.

"We are with the driver and the operator untouched," Sachalko said after escaping.

It should be noted that the film crew of Current Time came under fire together with the film crews of the "Facty" ICTV program and TSN channel 1+1.

ICTV'S "Fakty" TV crew came under enemy fire together with TSN

The TV crew of ICTV's Fakty program came under artillery fire from the russian military on March 15 in Kyiv region, as they reported on TV channel ICTV.

Journalist Oleh Kornienko and cameraman Artur Turovych came under fire in the middle of the field. As soon as the journalists arrived at the position, the russians launched an artillery attack.

"It is virtually impossible to work in positions. The enemy immediately opens fire and hits chaotically. We do not leave the shelter, because we hear explosions and shelling literally every minute," ICTV journalist Oleh Kornienko said.

Journalists managed to hide in a shelter and wait for the shelling, which lasted more than an hour. However, the Armed Forces managed to eliminate enemy artillery and the military.

It should be noted that the film crew of the ICTV "Facts" program came under fire together with the TV crew of the TSN channel 1+1.

TSN TV crew came under fire from russian troops in Kyiv region

The TSN camera crew of Channel 1 + 1 came under artillery fire from the russian occupiers in the Kyiv region on March 15, TSN reports .

Journalist Yulia Kiriyenko and cameraman Volodymyr Rybachok arrived at a position in the Kyiv region to interviewl the Ukrainian army how they detained russian soldiers here the other day. They did not have time to begin filming, as the enemy began shelling from the occupied village. The shooting started as the TV crew was in the field and there was simply nowhere to hide. The only shelter for journalists was a ditch under the road.

During the pause, the group tried to escape by car, but due to the shelling they were forced to stop and hide in a private house.

"There were at least 10 explosions in those few minutes. The military was later told that an enemy drone was operating. The occupiers corrected the fire through it," Yulia Kiriyenko said.

“It helped me that you were praying. I just felt the power of the word," said Yulia's colleague, military correspondent Borys Sachalko.

"We are used to seeing such a picture in Donbass, but here we still can't believe it's so close," said another military correspondent, Oleg Kornienko.

According to the journalist, enemy shelling in this direction of the front has not stopped for several days. "The occupiers are furious after the insane defeat when the military smashed their tank column. That is why they are taking revenge - shelling from afar both villages and roads used by civilians' cars," Yulia Kiriyenko said.

russians cut off transmitters of radio Krym.Realii and took them to Crimea

russian occupiers cut off the transmitters of Radio Krym.Realii (RFE/RL) broadcasting from the tower in the village of Chonhar, Kherson region.

This was reported to the IMI by the editor-in-chief of the NGO "Radio of Crimean Communities" Alexander Yankovsky.

According to the editor-in-chief, the transmitters were de-energized on February 24, immediately after the russian army invaded Ukraine.

And on March 4, Yankovsky added, some unknown individuals took out a transmitter for broadcasting at a frequency of 648 AM in the direction of the occupied Crimea.

The non-governmental organization Radio Crimean Communities is a licensee of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting and broadcasts under the call signs Radio Krym.Realii on the frequencies 105.9 FM, as well as 648 AM.

ZN.ua hacked

ZN.ua website was hacked, as the editorial board reported in its Telegram channel.

“The website of our publication was targeted with DSS-attack, and we, unfortunately, cannot continue to inform you about the most important things from our main resource. However, we will continue to present the most important news here, ” the statement of 11:10 on March 16 reads.

As of 1:15 p.m., the publication's website is already up and running.

Ukraine 24 TV’s ticker tape hacked, streaming fakes about Zelenskyy's "capitulation"

russian hackers have broken the ticker line of Ukraine 24 TV channel and Segodnya daily’s website and broadcast a fake message from the President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about his alleged "capitulation."

Ukraine 24 announced this on their Facebook page.

"This is a fake! Fake! Friends, we have repeatedly warned about this. Nobody is going to give up. Especially in conditions when the russian army is defeated in battles with the Ukrainian army!" the message says.

https://t.me/truexanewsua/33661

russians fired on TV tower in Vinnytsia. Ukrainian broadcasting disappeared

On the morning of March 16, the russian occupiers fired on the TV tower of the media group of Radio Broadcasting, Radio Communications and Television in Vinnytsia. OTA broadcasting in the city is temporarily unavailable. 

This was reported on the Facebook page of the Verkhovna Rada.

Broadcasting of television and radio channels in the city and surrounding communities has been temporarily suspended, according to Volodymyr Kistion, First Deputy Chairman of the Vinnytsia Regional Council. In particular, it is impossible to receive a signal through T2 tuners and parts of FM radio stations. There are some difficulties to get access to broadcasting of UA:Suspilne, "Armia," "City on the Buh" and other channels. Work is underway to restore the broadcasting.

15.03.2022

Journalist for Fox News and his fixer killed by russian shelling

Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, citizen of Ireland, and Oleksandra Kuvshynova, a Ukrainian journalist, were killed in an artillery shelling by russian troops in the village of Horenka in the Kyiv region. The adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko reported about it.

IMI has got a photo of the Fox News badge given by them to Oleksandra Kuvshynova.

The death of his cameraman was also reported in the Fox News story.

According to the channel, Zakrzewski was working with correspondent Benjamin Hall when their car was fired upon.

The previous day, on March 14, it became known that Fox News correspondent has been wounded in the legs while filming a report near Kyiv.

According to Herashchenko, a part of Benjamin Hall's thigh has been amputated.

14.03.2022

Journalist for Fox News gets leg fractured by russian shelling

Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall who has been covering the war in Ukraine for the past weeks was hospitalized with wounds sustained on March 14 while reporting on the developments near Kyiv.

This was announced by Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, as Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

"We have a minimal level of details right now, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation quickly unfolds," Suzanne Scott said.

"The safety of our entire team of journalists in Ukraine and the surrounding regions is our top priority and extremely important," Scott added. 

Earlier, Fox News presenter John Roberts reported about the journalist's injuries during the broadcast, Ukrinform reports.

"A Fox News journalist has been wounded while reporting from near Kyiv," Roberts said. He added that few details were known about the incident. The channel's team is trying to learn more.

In the evening of March 14, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova reported that a foreign journalist had received a shrapnel fracture on both legs as a result of shelling by russian troops. She published a journalist's ID showing the name of Fox News, an American television channel.

According to the Prosecutor General, the journalist is in intensive care at the hospital.

"Fragmentary fracture of the two lower extremities - "russian world" diagnosis made by Ukrainian doctors to a British journalist. The journalist is currently in intensive care under medical supervision. […] Once again, I would like to address our partners: a citizen of your country was on the territory of Ukraine, performing an editorial task. His diagnosis is above. This man was not at the military facility, which, according to russian officials, they are constantly targeting. While not at the military facility, he was seriously injured," Venediktova wrote. 

The information about the crime has been entered into the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations (ERDR), and this procedure will be properly investigated, the Prosecutor General said.

IN STAROBILSKY DISTRICT OF LUHANSK REGION INVADERS CUT OFF BROADCASTING OF UKRAINIAN TV CHANNELS

In the Starobilsky district of Luhansk region, the russian invaders cut off broadcasting of Ukrainian TV channels.

The IMI representative learnt it from her own sources. 

There is also no mobile connection in the city. People in small villages do not have access to information about the developments in the community. 

At the same time, they do can not call the ambulance. In addition, there is information that the occupiers are counting pro-Ukrainian activists and searching their homes.

RUSSIANS FIRED MISSILES AT TV TOWER IN KYIV REGION (14.03.2022)

On Monday, March 14, at about 8:45 am, the invaders fired a missile at a TV and radio tower in the village of Vynarivka, Bila Tserkva district, Kyiv region. This was reported by the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration Oleksiy Kuleba.

According to him, the building of the service center was damaged. There are no civilian casualties.

Invaders stroke Rivne TV tower

In the Rivne region on the morning of March 14, the russians fired on and damaged a television tower. This was announced by the head of the Rivne Regional Military Administration Vitaliy Koval.

Two explosions took place at about 5:20 a.m.

"As a result of the air strike, the TV tower in Rivne region was damaged. Relevant services are working on the spot. Details are being clarified," Koval wrote.

TV and radio broadcasting is partially non-existent in the region.

"There is some good news: several people have been evacuated from the rubble, they are alive and do well. Rescue is on. It is clear that the enemy was up to cut people off from true information. But we do not see a big problem in this situation, because many people are already watching online, listening to the radio through applications. We hope that in the near future we will restore radio and television through the tower," Koval added later on Suspilne TV.

The official clarified that as a result of the strike, the TV tower and the administrative building nearby were damaged.

As IMI reported, on March 1, the russian occupiers fired a missile at the Kyiv TV tower, killing five people and injuring five others. Among the dead is the operator of the LIVE TV channel Yevhen Sakun.

On March 2, russian troops fired on a television tower in Kharkiv, Lysychansk, and Коrosten.

On March 6, russian aircraft fired on a TV tower in Kharkiv again.

On March 4, the International Human Rights Organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against russian strikes on four radio and television towers in Ukraine, which constitute war crimes.

We remind that IMI maintains a chronicle of russia's media crimes against Ukraine.

13.03.2022

"Novyy den" newspaper ceases publication in occupied Melitopol

In the occupied Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia region, the city district newspaper "Novyy den" ceased publication.

The editor-in-chief of the publication Dilyara Kudusova announced this on March 13 on her Facebook page.

"In the conditions of occupation, the editorial office, unfortunately, is forced to stop publishing the Melitopol city district newspaper 'Novyy Den.' For now, we will work only via the sites and social media pages of Melitopol.City and 'Novyy Den,'" she wrote.

According to the post, since the announcement of the termination of the newspaper, any other publications with this name are not the product of their editorial team.

"If a periodical called 'Novyy den' appears somewhere, it will mean that someone is wantonly using our logo, and the editorial team has nothing to do with the content of the publications. We do not cooperate with the occupants. Glory to Ukraine!" wrote the editor of the periodical.

russian occupants stalk and intimidate journalists in Berdyansk

In the temporarily occupied Berdyansk, invaders threaten journalists and their families, forcing them to work for russian propaganda.

This was announced by the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh during the #UARAZOM telethon, Ukrinform reports.

"In Berdyansk, the occupiers have written down the addresses of journalists and their relatives. They are forcing them to work for russian propaganda. They are threatening their children, parents, and wives. That is, they are trying to perform terror and total intimidation," Starukh said.

He also said that there were many kidnappings in the region. In particular, Mayor Yevhen Matveev was abducted in Dniprorudnyy this morning, Ivan Fedorov in Melitopol, and civil activist Olha Haisumova.

There are cases of abduction in other areas as well.

"There is some information about the mayor of Dniprorudnyy, but none about Ivan Fedorov. We are all working to find him and bring him back to Ukraine, at least to snatch him from the clutches of terrorists," Starukh said.

It will be recalled that in Berdyansk, Melitopol, and Enerhodar, the invaders blocked the Ukrainian media.

As reported by IMI, on March 9, the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Olexander Starukh stated that in Berdyansk, the russian occupants are forcing local journalists to broadcast russian propaganda at gunpoint.

On March 8, the russian occupants seized "Azovska Khvylia" radio station in Berdyansk.

Also on March 8, the russian military seized the building of the local media holding PRO100 in Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhia region.

Kherson website "MOST" under hacker attack for several days

Kherson online media "MOST" has been under hacker attack for several days. This was reported to IMI by the outlet's editor Serhiy Nikitenko.

"On the first day of the war, they managed to "down" the website for two days, but we restored everything and keep working. Yesterday there was a strong DDoS attack again. Our technical service had to disable the site so as not to overload the server," he said.

Enerhodar TV channel "ENTS" stops broadcasting

Enerhodar's local TV channel "ENTS" (Enerhodar Television Systems) has been forced to stop broadcasting. This was reported on the official website of the channel.

russian terrorists killed The New York Times correspondent in Irpin

In Irpin, near Kyiv, the russian invaders shot dead The New York Times correspondent Brent Renaud and wounded another journalist. This was reported by Kyiv Police Chief Andriy Nebytov.

"Today, a correspondent working for the world-famous New York Times was shot dead in Irpin. Another journalist was wounded. Now the victim is being taken away from the war zone. Naturally, the journalist's profession involves some risks, but the US citizen Brent Renaud paid the price of his life for trying to cover the villainy, cruelty, and ruthlessness of the aggressor," Andriy Nebytov wrote.

According to the Okhmatdyt Hospital's spokeswoman Anastasia Magerramova, the injured journalist, American citizen Juan Diego Herrera Arredondo, 46 years old, was conscious. The man received a shrapnel wound in his thigh. He has been operated by Okhmatdyt medics. He does not know of his colleague's fate yet. The last thing he remembers is Brent Renaud being shot in the neck at a russian checkpoint.

Yet another Hinchesk media outlet ceases work

Anna Sokolova, editor of the Pryazovska Pravda newspaper, stated that she ceases her work as a journalist from today.

She announced this in the media's Telegram channel.

Sokolova mentioned that the decision had to do with the "current conditions."

"I do not own the media company I manage, so, of course, I cannot automatically remove myself from the registers. However, from now on I ask you not to associate my name with Priazovska Pravda and any other publication," the journalist wrote.

She also warned readers that starting from this day she has nothing to do with any publications of Priazovska Pravda.

Anna Sokolova is the head of the Editorial Office of the Henichesk District Newspaper "Pryazovska Pravda."

The district newspaper stopped coming out in print about six months ago. Since the occupation of Henichesk by russian troops, the newspaper's editorial office has published its materials on its Facebook page and Telegram.

In 2021, "Pryazovska Pravda" turned 100 years old. This is one of the oldest mass media in the Kherson region.

We remind that on March 12, the Henichesk media outlet "Novyy Vizyt" announced the cessation of its work.

12.03.2022

russian occupants threaten Kherson journalist

russian occupiers threaten to kill Kherson journalist Iryna Staroselets. Iryna Staroselets, Ukrinform's correspondent in the Kherson region, stated this on her Facebook page, "IRS-Henichesk" reports.

The journalist also confirmed this information to the IMI representative in the region.

"The russians are calling and threatening me. They say my name and explain what they are going to do to me," the journalist said.

According to the media, the journalist is actively covering the events in the russian-occupied Kherson region.

We remind that in the occupied territory of the Kherson region, the russian troops make attempts to establish a system of commandant's offices.

As IMI reported, on March 12, local journalist Oleh Baturyn went missing in Kakhovka (Kherson region).

On March 12, due to the russian occupation of Henichesk (Kherson region), the online publication "Novyy Vizyt" ceased its work and creative activity.

"Novyy Vizyt" media website in Henichesk ceases its work due to russian occupation

In Henichesk (Kherson region) the "New Visit" media website ceased its work and creative activity.

This was announced on Facebook by the publication's chief editor Hennadiy Osmak.

According to him, the website ceased its work "due to the current situation."

We remind that this evening, the website of the Henichesk City Council reported that the mayor, his deputies, the Council secretary, and the head of affairs of Executive Committee resigned.

russian troops occupied Henichesk on February 24.

Journalist Oleh Baturyn went missing in Kherson region

Tonight, a local journalist Oleh Baturyn went missing in Kakhovka (Kherson region) tonight.

His wife reported it to the regional representative of the Institute of Mass Information.

According to her, at about 4 pm an acquaintance called Oleg and suggested to meet him near a bus station, which is located near the journalist's house.

“Around 4:30 pm, Oleg went to the meeting, leaving his phone and documents at home. He promised to come back in 20 minutes. But he did not return, "she said.

According to local chats, the russian military was seen near the bus station at about 4:50 p.m.

Oleg Baturyn works as a journalist for the Novy Den newspaper. 

We will remind, in Kakhovka there are no russian military on a constant basis, but the next town Nova Kakhovka has been occupied. There is an attempt to create a military-civilian administration controlled by the russians.

11.03.2022

NV website being targeted with DDoS attacks for last five days

The NV website has been targeting with DDoS attacks for the last five days. This was announced by the editor-in-chief Vitaliy Sych on his Facebook page.

"Today, the US representative to the UN Security Council in her speech mentioned Novoe Vrema as an example of journalists who deliver to the world the latest on the grounds facts, despite the risk. […] I am glad that we were able to make at least such a contribution to informing Ukrainians and the world about the atrocities of russians in Ukraine. And I am glad that we could make at least such a contribution to the reporting to Ukrainians and the world about atrocities of the russians in Ukraine. I am glad that russians also have appreciated our work. For the past five days, they have been targeting our site with DDoS, sending 200,000 requests per second. But it still works and will work. We will continue to inform and support Ukrainians - on the website and on Radio NV," as Sych wrote.

He also said that his colleagues worked during the war.

“Today, a shell flew to my colleague Ania Moroz, my deputy, who runs the magazine NV, in the yard in Kyiv region. Three meters from the entrance, came, but failed to explode.

Another colleague, journalist Ivan Verstyuk, was less fortunate: also today a shell hit the balcony of his apartment in Borshchahivka, Kyiv. He remained alive and well, now he will move to another apartment, "Sych wrote.

As IMI reported, on March 3, the website of NV was attacked by hackers.

russians threaten the photo journalist who covered the maternity hospital bombing in Mariupol

A number of russian social media accounts have published threats targeting Ukrainian photojournalist Yevhen Maloletka, who photographed the aftermath of the March 9 bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol. The russian troops' crime resulted in the death of three people (including a child), and 17 were injured.

Yevhen Maloletka, who works with international photo agencies, published photos of the ruins and the victims. Immediately, russian propaganda began to spread the narrative that the pictures are all staged and to call Yevhen Maloletka an "anti-russian propagandist."

Immediately after the airstrike, russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov acknowledged the bombing and said there had been "no patients" at the hospital because it had been "captured by Azov paratroopers." After this, the russians found the social media of the pregnant girl pictured in the photos, found out she was a model, and began claiming that the photos were fabricated and harassing her in the comments. The "faking" allegations were even posted on social media by the rf's embassy in Grread Britain. On March 11, it became known that the girl gave birth to a child.

Radio Liberty correspondent Maryan Kushnir injured in a missile strike

Radio Svoboda correspondent Maryan Kushnir was injured in a missile strike near Kyiv. He announced this on his Instagram on the morning of March 11.

"This is the current situation in the Kyiv region, we will try to get out," Maryan said in a seconds-long video which was captioned "Alive. Everything is ok."

The video shows blood flowing from his ear.

A few hours later, Maryan recorded another video, where he said that he had been injured, and received help from doctors. Feels fine, keeps working.

According to Radio Liberty, Maryan Kushnir was injured in a strike by russian troops in Kyiv region.

According to Kushnir, the missile strike or air strike took place at about 3:00 am on March 11 in Baryshivka. There are other victims of the attack, but the exact number is unknown. No one was killed.

Army medics and Baryshivka doctors provided first aid to the Radio Liberty correspondent. Now his condition is satisfactory.

Maryan Kushnir has been working for Radio Liberty since 2015, and is now actively covering events related to the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, particularly in the Kyiv region.

09.03.2022

Berdyansk journalists ordered to broadcast russian propaganda at gunpoint

In the temporarily occupied Berdyansk, russian occupants are forcing local journalists to broadcast russian propaganda at gunpoint.

This was stated by the head of the Zaporizhzhia RSA Alexander Starukh in a video comment posted on  the region administration's YouTube channel, according to LB.ua.

They wrote down their addresses, their relatives' addresses, and forced them to broadcast all sorts of garbage. They bring, for example, humanitarian aid. It must be distributed – no one came. There are two buses are "grannies on duty." They come out, receive it, say how good it feels to live in russia, and "they film this as usual and show it on their television. This happened in Melitopol, in particular," said Starukh.

As IMI reported, on March 8, the russian occupants seized the "Azovska khvylia" radio station in Berdyansk.

Also on March 8, the russian military seized the building of the local media holding PRO100 in Berdyansk, Zaporizhia Oblast.

TV tower damaged in Sumy region as a result of a russian air strike

A TV tower was damaged on March 9 in the town of Bilopillya, Sumy region, as a result of an air strike by russian troops.

This was reported by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

"According to preliminary information, as a result of an enemy air strike on the premises of Bilopillya radio and television station, a TV tower was damaged and a metal trailer next to it which was used as a warehouse caught fire," the statement says.

At 11:15 p.m., the fire was extinguished, no one was killed or injured.

russian troops shoot and rob a car with Hromadske journalist

russian troops shot and robbed a car with Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchina.

She wrote about this on her Facebook page.

According to Victoria, she and the driver of the car came across a convoy of russian tanks in  Zaporizhzhia region.

"Then – the roaring of tanks, the white letter Z, the flag of the rf. They drove around the corner and moved in our direction. The driver and I backed off and tried to turn around. The russians began to fire actively on us. Bullets, and then hot projectiles. Fortunately, they were flying past us. I gave the command to stop, abandon the car and lie down in the field. But the convoys were coming towards us, and our rescue became an abandoned house behind which we waited for russian vehicles to pass by," she wrote.

"While we were hiding, our car was opened. There was a PRESS sticker. My laptop, camera, backpack were taken away, the driver's cigarettes were also taken away," the journalist said.

She noted that she was left without phone connection and surrounded.

"Tanks on both sides of the village. We are surrounded and unable to pass information. The worst thing about occupation is the night. Dawn still gives you hope for the best. For us it did not start with shelling or the basement. About 150 russian vehicles moved towards our peaceful villages. "I went on a reconnaissance mission on foot. Because of the stress, I didn't feel tired, cold, or afraid. A lot happened after that. And there is definitely more to come," Roshchina wrote.

She also added that they were rescued by good people.

"I went to the regions to tell the story of what was going on there and what the people who have been living without communication all this time, under the barrel of machine guns, hail and the roar of russian tanks, think. In small villages and towns, the occupants feel like 'heroes.' They shoot civilians, set cars on fire, kill, loot, they turn people's lives into hell, they traumatize the psyche of children. I will never forgive russia. Never," the journalist wrote.

08.03.2022

russian occupants hold several British journalists hostage – Reznikov

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said that the russian occupants were holding foreign journalists hostage. This is stated in his address.

According to him, the journalists are being held hostage in Kyiv region.

"The occupants are holding journalists hostage: British citizens are currently being held in the town of Stoyanka-2. A group was fired upon and another journalist, a British citizen, was wounded. One more journalist, a Swiss citizen, was fired upon and robbed in Mykolaiv region. Sadly, you still allow the occupants to do so," the minister noted.

russian troops seize the building of Berdyansk mediaholding "PRO100"

The russian troops seized the building of the local mediaholding "PRO100" in Berdyansk, Zaporizhzhia region.

This was reported on the Facebook page of the newspaper "Berdyansk News".

"At the moment, about 50 of the editorial staff members in the building of the "PRO100" information group have been abducted by the russian armed forces. They aren't letting our boys out. There is no contact with them! russian propaganda is broadcasting on the radio. A sniper is on the roof," the editorial office wrote.

As one of the mediaholding's employees told the IMI regional representative in Zaporizhzhia oblast, a number of armed men had come to the editorial office to talk to editors and journalists and "explain their position," including why they are in the city and what their tasks are. They communicated with the whole team. According to IMI, so far all members of the editorial board have left the editorial office, while the russian troops remained in the PRO100 building.

The mediaholding includes the "Yug" TV company, the "Azovska khvylia" radio station, the "Berdyanski Vidomosti" and "Vidomosti Pivdnya" newspapers.

It is known that leaflets in russian are being distributed all over the city which contain "explainations of the events" from russian perspective, emphasizes the "peaceful intentions" of the troops, mentions the unification of russia and Ukraine. Among other things, the leaflet states that "ignoring the presence of russian authorities in the Berdyansk district by the leadership of the city and the district is considered a criminal offence," and "actions of the leadership, which withdrew from cooperation, are declared illegal until negotiations are held."

As IMI reported, in Berdyansk, the russian occupants seized the "Azovska khvylia" radio station.

russian occupants seize "Azovska khvylia" radio station in Berdyansk

Berdyansk radio station "Azovska khvylia" was seized by russian troops.

This was reported by the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration.

As the operational headquarters of the Berdyansk executive committee warns all citizens, the occupiers may be spreading propaganda and anti-Ukrainian information.

"Keep in mind that this is all misinformation and manipulation. Berdyansk is Ukraine!" the message says.

Paratroopers publish personal information of a Ukrainian journalist

Pro-russian paratroopers published personal information of a journalist from one of the regions of Ukraine.

This was reported to IMI by informed sources.

Her phone number, passport data and address were posted on the Internet. The information is only partially true.

The journalist herself notes that this is the first time she found herself in such a situation. He considers the actions of the paratroopers as an act of intimidation and pressure so that she leaves the city and there are no representatives of the Ukrainian media left.

06.03.2022

russian troops shot at the car of a Swiss journalist and took his belongings

The head of the Kirovohrad regional state administration, Maria Chorna, reported that the occupants had attacked Swiss journalist Guillaume Bricke: the militants had fired on his car and took his belongings.

Maria Chorna reported about it on Telegram, Suspilne writes.

The russian military fired at the journalist near the settlement of Vodiano-Lorine, Mykolaiv region.

According to Bricke, after crossing the Ukrainian checkpoint, he headed south in his official car and was fired upon by the occupying forces from close range just a few minutes later. At the same time, the occupiers could clearly see the "press" sign on the car.

After the shooting, the journalist immediately turned to the roadside. The russian troops approached him, named themselves and searched him. The passport, 3,000 euros in cash, personal belongings, the helmet, the camera footage and the laptop were taken from the media person.

After that, the journalist was released, got into the car and drove in the direction of Kropyvnytskyy to receive medical treatment. According to the head of the regional state administration, the journalist had shrapnel wounds. He arrived at Kropyvnytskyy Hospital in the evening of March 6.

According to the National Police, several bullets hit the glass as a result of the shooting, injuring the journalist. He suffered injuries to his face and forearms.

The russian troops fired at his armored car when he was driving towards Mykolaiv. After the car was stopped, the russian invaders took the documents, money, photos, video equipment, the laptop and other valuable things from the Swiss citizen and released him.

The injured journalist left for the Kirovohrad region as soon as possible. The wounded man was met at the checkpoint by Kropyvnytskyy police, who helped the man to get to a medical facility where he was provided with medical care.

russian aircraft shells TV tower in Kharkiv

In Kharkiv, russian aircraft shelled a TV tower. TV broadcasting was temporarily suspended.

This was reported to "Suspilne Kharkiv" by the spokeswoman for the head of the military administration Oleh Synehubov.

There is currently no TV signal. According to preliminary information from rescuers, russian aircraft shelled the TV tower on Pavlov Field.

There is also information about the missile strikes in the area of the Square of the Heavenly Hundred, said the spokesman of the region's SES Evhen Vasylenko.

As IMI reported, on March 2, russian troops fired on a TV tower in Kharkiv.

Lviv war journalist Viktor Dudar killed near Mykolaiv

Ukrainian war journalist from Lviv region Viktor Dudar died during a battle with russian invaders near Mykolayiv, Ukrinform reports.

March 6-8 have been declared mourning days in the Zhovkva community.

"Zhovkva community is grieving… Viktor Vasyliovych Dudar from Zhovkva died in the Mykolayiv region at the hands of the russian enemy. Sincere condolences to his wife Oksana, daughter Sofia, family, relatives, friends, and all the Ukrainian people. We lost one of our best. Eternal memory to the Hero," said Volsky.

According to his order, March 6-8 have been declared days of mourning for the deceased Hero Dudar Viktor Vasyliovych in the Zhovkva Territorial Community.

The sad news was also confirmed by Natalia Ulynets, a journalist and co-founder of Divys.info.

"This is one of the best fighters from Lviv region – Viktor Dudar. The husband of our Oksana Dudar and father of Sofia Dudar, our editors for Divis.info, went through the war in the east, a journalist. God, Victor! Eternal glory to You! No words. Terrible pain. Vitya… Burn in hell, terrible horde," Ulynets wrote.

It is known that in 2014 Viktor Dudar went to fight in the East of Ukraine as a volunteer. He fought in the 80th Assault Brigade. Worked as a journalist.

The war with russian invaders has been going on in Ukraine since February 24.

05.03.2022

Zhytomyr.info website under a DDoS-attack: the occupant edited a news report on the shelling of settlements

On the evening of March 5, Zhytomyr.info website sustained a DDoS-attack. The hackers have made changes to the news report about the shelling of settlements, according to the media's website.

According to the newspaper, the website was unavailable for several minutes due to a large number of requests, and readers saw that changes were made to the news report about the shelling of settlements.

"Experts have confirmed that this was a DDoS attack; after access to the website was blocked for users from russia and Belarus, Zhytomyr.info continued to work stably," the newspaper writes.

04.03.2022

Odesa media receive letters threatening them for "complicity in Nazism"

Odesa media began to receive anonymous letters from the sender "russian Odessa" in russian, titled "Your chance to be savend" (spelling replicated) and contatining threats and a call to "abandon anti-russian activities."

Namely, the receipt of such a letter is confirmed by "Pushkinskaya" chief editor Natalia Korshak. The copy list includes e-mails of other local media: "Media-Inform", "Reporter", "Third Digital", "Dumskaya", 048, "Volnorez", all.news.

A screenshot of the letter was posted on Facebook by Strat Yurchenko, a Graty newspaper journalist.

"Your publication performed poorly during the Ukrainian occupation of the city. Your last chance to mitigate the inevitable punishment for complicity in Nazism is to post the attached banner and immediately abandon any anti-russian activities. Retribution is near. There may be no other chance," the letter states.

The banner contains the word "OdeZZa." Letter Z is the symbol marking russian vehicles that have invaded the territory of Ukraine, as well as some russian propaganda content.

Phishing letters are coming from a fake Suspilne account

On March 4, citizens of Ukraine began receiving emails with suspicious content allegedly from the Suspilne Broadcaster's press office. Please note: Suspilne did not send letters with such an appeal, this is probably a phishing attack!

The letters ask to "unpack" the file and run the program. We ask you not to do this under any circumstances! After all, attackers may steal your personal data this way.

Also keep in mind that the official newsletter from Suspilne comes from the official email [email protected] Suspilne's press office is available on the website corp.suspilne.media or on the official Facebook or Instagram pages.

We will add, if you have lost the Ukrainian television signal, switch to the Ukrainian Radio (AM and FM across the country) and Suspilne's digital platforms. It is the prompt informing and verification of messages that helps to keep calm and counteract the misinformation by the occupants.

Save pictures or take screenshots and share them in case of disappearance of Ukrainian television or the Internet connection.

The occupants begin to broadcast russian channels in Melitopol

The russian troops that had taken control of the Melitopol TV tower began broadcasting russian TV channels. The Zaporizhzhia regional military administration reported this.

They cite the Melitopol City Council and sources in the Security Service of Ukraine.

"The SSU sources report that the occupants installed their equipment on the Melitopol TV tower and began broadcasting russian TV channels," adds Oleksandr Starukh, head of the RSA.

Local residents confirmed the information about the broadcast of russian channels in the city to IMI.

The State Special Communications Service clarified that the broadcast of russian channels is not carried out from the Melitopol TV tower, but with the help of another transmitter.

"No digital TV transmitter on the TV tower in Melitopol is currently operating. Broadcasting in Melitopol is carried out using an analog transmitter located outside the TV tower, to which the Concern of Radio Broadcasting, Radio and Television has no relation," the statement said.

russian occupants broadcast propaganda via T2

In Kherson, on the morning of March 4, the occupants began broadcasting 24 russian TV channels and three radio channels via T2. This was reported by Suspilne Kherson.

"The UA: Kherson TV channel broadcasts the national telethon. Other regional channels do not work. The situation is similar in the districts of the region," the statement reads.

Czech Voxpot reporters came under fire from russians military

Czech Voxpot reporters came under fire along with Ukrainian media outlets in Makariv near Kyiv. This was reported by Voxpot reporters. Journalists reported that they were alive, but as they tried to escape, russian militants deliberately shot at journalists' cars. Shots from an AK-74 were found on the car door.

In Kherson, collaborationists threat journalists with torture chambers

Well-known local collaborationist Kyrylo Stremousov threatens "dissidents" in occupied Kherson with russian tortures chambers. This was reported to IMI by local journalists.

"Everyone who is against the 'russian world', ie patriots, activists, journalists, is in danger here. Because Stremousov promises cleansing operations and prisons," one of the journalists who remained in the regional center told IMI. 

Namely, in his video address, Stremousov promised a "census" and punishment for "those who lived on grants."

At the same time Stremousov refers to the deputy of the russian Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, who said that on March 4 the Duma may pass a law under which all media and even contributors to social networks face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 5 million rubles if they report events in the temporarily occupied regions of Ukraine are something different from the rhetoric of state russian channels. 

In the video, Stremousov calls himself a "russian" who has suffered from "Nazis" and "SSU provocations" for many years. He also lied that the SSU had arrested him. In fact, he was never detained by police, even after the attack on the SSU convoy.

03.03.2022

Invaders took over premises of Suspilne’s branch in Kherson

In Kherson, the invaders took over the premises of the Suspilne’s branch, but the team continues to work. The HR  director of Suspilne Victoriya Sidorenko reported about it, as Detektor Media.Suspilne reported. 

"The invaders have seized the premises of the branch, but Suspilne Broadcasting in Kherson keeps working and reporting news," she said.

According to her, "Suspilne.Kherson" continues to work remotely, the team works to promptly provide information about everything that is happening in the region, on social networks and on the Suspilne website.

Suspilne.Kherson building seized and mined by russians

On March 2, five armed russian occupants seized the building of JSC "NSTU" branch "Kherson RD 'Skifia.'"

This was reported by the local newspaper "Vhoru".

They immediately turned off the surveillance cameras and inspected the bomb shelter. There were 15 civilians there. Fake rumors that people had been taken prisoner began to spread on social networks.

However, the branch manager Mykhailo Svarychevskyy said that the occupants had released people on the same day. No force or weapons were used against them.

As of March 3, there are no civilians on the territory of the branch. According to eyewitnesses, 15 armed men of Asian appearance were spotted there. They installed tripwires around the building. This was reported to the authorities which have to establish if those were trip flares or mines.

Kherson cut off from Ukrainian television

The occupants that had seized the television studio and the TV center cut off the television signal. This was reported by Моst.

T2 is not working all over the city. Obviously, there is no signal in the entire Kherson region, which receives is from Kherson. Cable operators continue to broadcast Ukrainian TV channels.

The SSU detains the traitor complicit in the shelling of Kyiv TV tower

The SSU managed to detain the traitor complicit in the shelling of a TV tower in Kyiv on March 1. Five civilians were killed then. According to the investigators, the man had asked the invaders to attack the TV tower in order to stop broadcasting Ukrainian TV channels. In addition, he had been provifing them with information for fire direction.

SSU investigators are now working with the traitor to identify all persons involved in this cynical attack. As for the detainee himself, he will be severely punished.

Novoe Vremya website hacked

On March 3, the website of NV sustained a hacker attack.

"Dear readers, this morning our site was targeted with a powerful hacker attack. Its work will be resumed soon. In the meantime, we continue working on social networks," the newspaper said.

02.03.2022

russia blocks access to UNN

russia has blocked access to the Ukrainian National News (UNN) agency and other Ukrainian media on its territory, UNN reports.

The respective decision was made by the Prosecutor General's Office of the russian Federation. The blocklist includes several other Ukrainian media outlets that cover the full-scale invasion of the russian Federation into Ukraine.

Glavkom, Segodnya, Kontrakty, Delo and other publications were also blocked among other media outlets.

UNN notes that their website has been blocked several times since 2014.

Korosten TV tower destroyed by an air strike

In Korosten, Zhytomyr region, on March 2, one of the checkpoints was hit from the air and the Korosten Media TV tower was destroyed. Television broadcasting has stopped. 

This was announced by Natalia Chyzhevska, Deputy Mayor of Korosten, speaking to Suspilne: Zhytomir.

The attack took place at about 3 p.m.

“We are in touch with the chief doctor of Korosten hospital. Four persons died, he said. Currently, five more victims are fighting for their lives in the hospital, ”Natalia Chyzhevska said.

Hackers attack the Minfin.com.ua financial media website

Hackers attacked the website of the Ukrainian financial media Minfin.com.ua on March 2, Media Detector reports.

Treeum CEO Ivan Yevtushenko suggested that the attackers probably mistook the media website for the website of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, due to the similarity of the name and the large number of visitors.

At 10:46 on March 2, the main page of Minfin.com.ua looked like this:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword..."

Like most Ukrainian media, the apolitical website Minfin.com.ua has been supporting Ukrainians and the morale of our army in recent days. We have been gathering and publishing information both in the financial field and that which is simply vital in our time. Last week, Minfin has been getting more than 1 million views every day. Maybe that's why it was easy to mistake us for the ministry. But we will gladly accept this blow. And we will consider it just another tactical mistake of the enemy. Glory to Ukraine and all the UAF warriors! " Yevtushenko said.

The editorial office continues its work on Facebook, Telegram and Instagram and encourages the readers to follow the news on these resources or the Finance.ua website.

Invaders hit by shelling Lysychansk TV tower

In Lysychansk, Luhansk region, russian troops hit by shelling the TV tower. This was reported by Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko.

"The occupants struck at the TV tower in Lysychansk," he wrote.

The shell hit the area near the tower, where there are residential buildings, the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting reported to the Media Detector.

Broadcasting is made in multiplexes MX-1 and MX-5. Broadcasters working on the tower were evacuated.

russian troops shelled Kharkiv TV tower

russian troops shelled a television tower in Kharkiv. Two shells hit just near the tower at 12:55 p.m. Staff were evacuated, no information about the injured This was reported by Detector Media with reference to the information of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting, the TV tower remained intact.

However, the shell damaged a nearby building.

The broadcasting is ceased. The Broadcasting, Radiocommunications and Television Concern (BRTC) proceeds with restoration work.

According to Suspilne, the Kharkiv TV tower sustained the air strike. Two projectiles landed nearby at 12:55 p.m. The staff was evacuated, and there are no reports of the injured.

We remind that after a series of explosions in Kyiv, the TV signal disappeared. Broadcasting of TV channels has been temporarily suspended, digital channels continue to be broadcast by providers and satellites. The projectile hit the broadcaster's hardware on the TV tower. Subsequently, the broadcast channels in T2 were restored.

russia blocks access to the official websites of Ukrainian state departments and media

russia has blocked access to the official websites of Ukrainian state departments and media, Channel 24 reports.

Namely, on March 2, Roskomnadzor blocked the official websites of the Ministry of Health and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine in russia. This is clear from the ban register kept by the human rights organization Roskomsvoboda.

Access to the following Ukrainian media is also blocked:

1+1 news agency;

TSN;

"Segodnya;"

Ukrinform;

Channel 24;

ZAXID.NET;

"Dzerkalo Tyzhnya;"

Censor.NET;

Vesti.ua;

Depo.ua;

Delo.ua;

LB.ua.

01.03.2022

Cameraman of Live TV channel dies during shelling of Kyiv TV tower

LIve TV cameraman Yevheny Sakun was killed in the shelling of a TV tower in Kyiv on March 1. 

The report about the death of the TV channel worker was later confirmed by the National Police, as Novyny.LIVE reported

"Now we have a personal account with the invaders," Yevhen Sakun's colleagues wrote. News.LIVE editorial staff expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

As IMI has reported, russian troops struck at the Kyiv TV tower; the channels had temporarily gone off air as a result.

The Shevchenkivsky District Prosecutor's Office of Kyiv has launched a criminal investigation into the rocket attack on Kyiv TV tower, which resulted in the death of several people (violation of the laws and customs of war) (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

Suspilne’s website hacked

Suspilne’s website has been hacked, it will be temporarily out of function. This was reported on the broadcaster's Facebook page.

A virus that destroys files was launched, as the broadcaster reported.

In the meantime, the UA: Pershyy satellite signal is being jammed. The broadcaster is preparing to switch to a backup website. Later, "Suspilne Novyny" reported that the website resumed its work.

Kherson's "Novy Den" newspaper website stops opening.

The website of the Kherson newspaper "Novy Den" newday.kherson.ua has stopped opening. This was announced by the newspaper's journalist Oleh Baturin on his Facebook page .

“My friends, the russians took down the website of the Kherson regional newspaper "Novy Den" that I work for. Access to the site is blocked, it is unclear when it is going to be restored. I will keep working for as long as I am alive. I will try to post all my texts about what is happening in the Kherson region on my page," he wrote.

The journalist's articles will be temporarily published on "Mediaclup Europrostir" website.

Sky News TV crew attacked by fire of russian military in Kyiv region

russian troops fired at foreign journalists near the village of Stoyanka in Kyiv region.

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to the regional police on Facebook. 

"On February 28, at about 4 pm, the russian military fired at a car with five employees of the British TV channel Sky News. It happened near the village of Stoyanka in the Bucha district," the report said.

It is noted that the media workers immediately jumped out of the car and hid in the nearest shelter, from which they were later evacuated by employees of the Bucha District Police Department.

One of the media representatives was taken to hospital by police, where he received first aid. He later joined his colleagues.

The police clarified that the group of journalists includes four citizens of Great Britain and one citizen of Ukraine.

A correspondent of the British TV channel Sky News Stewart Ramsey was injured in a shelling by russian troops in Bucha, Kyiv region, on February 28. Channel's cameraman Richie Mokler was saved by his bulletproof vest.

This was reported by Public with reference to Sky News.

"Chief correspondent Stewart Ramsey and his team were attacked near Kyiv. Cameraman Richie Mokler received two shots in a bulletproof vest, Stewart was wounded," the channel writes. A group of five media people has already been sent to the UK.

Journalists said that after the trip to Bucha they tried to find a way back to Kyiv.

"The windshield cracked from the first shot. Cameraman Richie Mokler shrank in the front passenger's legroom. Then we came under full attack. Bullets pierced the entire car, tracers, flashes of bullets – windshield, plastic seats, steering wheel and instrument panel shattered," the media said.

At first they thought they were under false fire from a Ukrainian checkpoint. However, the Ukrainians later explained to reporters that they had been ambushed by russian saboteurs.

In the end, all five members of the film crew managed to survive and reach a safe place by hiding behind the concrete fence of a neighboring building.

"Their experience illustrates the scale of the chaos and violence as the russian invasion enters a new and more deadly phase," the paper said.

russians shell Kyiv TV tower

russian troops struck at the Kyiv TV tower. This was reported by Suspilne and eyewitnesses on social networks. 5 people dead, 5 other wounded.

"The occupiers hit the broadcaster's hardware on the TV tower. The telecast may be suspended for a short time. In the near future, the backup broadcasting of some channels will be switched on.

"You can now follow the radio stations. The RADA channel is also available on YouTube," the Center for Strategic Communications said.

"Currently, you can watch Ukrainian television on the regional Multiplex MX-5. We ask citizens to use the search for channels on their TV to gain access to regional channels," added in the State Special Service.

28.02.2022

The RBC-Ukraine website stopped working due to the shelling of Kyiv

The website of RBC-Ukraine has temporarily stopped working due to shelling of Kyiv by russian troops. This was  reported  by editor-in-chief Serhiy Shcherbyna.

The problem is currently fixed and the site works.

In case of failures, Serhiy Shcherbyna asks to read the publication on  Facebook  and  in a telegram.

Krym.Realii (RFE/RL) website in russian blocked in Crimea

Krym.Realii (RFE/RL) project website is not available in russian and is blocked by most providers in the russian-occupied Crimea.

This was reported to the publication by readers in the Crimea.

According to the public initiative Roskomsvoboda, the website Krym.Realii was blocked by Roskomnadzor at the request of the russian prosecutor's office.

As IMI reported, the day before Roskomnadzor threatened to limit access to the site Krym.Realii, accusing the project of Radio Liberty of "facts of dissemination of an inaccurate information" about the new russian invasion of Ukraine.

27.02.2022  

russian troops blitzed studio of Poglyad TV channel in Bucha, near Kyiv

In Bucha (Kyiv region), russian troops blitzed the studio of  Poglyad TV channel on February 27. This was announced on February 28 by the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting.

According to the National Council, the company is now setting up broadcasting from another location.

russian troops seized TV tower in Melitopol and forced it to stop broadcasting

Broadcasting has been stopped in Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya region), since russian troops took TV tower. The TV channel MTV Plus was forced off. This was announced on February 28 by the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting.

“The analog transmitter was launched quickly and the broadcasters held the fort to the last. But the russian occupiers forced MTV Plus to stop broadcasting. There is also no broadcasting in Primorsk, Berdyansk and Tokmak, ”the statement reads.

Also, the situation in Chernihiv region is hard. The occupiers are taking sight at the TV tower, four missiles hit nearby. Some broadcasters stopped working and resumed work. Suspilne continues to broadcast.

In Kupyansk, Kharkiv region, a local TV and radio company managed to evacuate the equipment before the city was captured, so the occupier will not be able to use the air for propaganda activities.

26.02.2022 

Journalist shot dead near Kherson

On February 26, in the area of the village of Zelenivka (a suburb of Kherson), a civilian, journalist of the weekly "Navkolo tebe” (Around You) Shakirov Dilerbek Shukurovych was shot dead from a car. This was announced by the Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova. Dilerbek Shakirov is a member of the House of Hope Charitable Foundation. He headed the NGO "Union of Organizations of the Disabled of Kherson Region", "Kherson Center of Vermiculture". According to this fact, information was entered into the ERDR under Part 2 of Art. 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ( Violation of laws and customs of war ). An IMI representative in the Kherson region confirmed that he was indeed journalist. He was also a member of Kherson's self-defense in 2014-15.

Danish journalists shot in Sumy region

A journalist and a photographer of the Danish tabloid Ekstra-Bladet were injured while reporting from eastern Ukraine on Saturday, Reuters reported.

Journalist Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsen were shot while driving in Okhtyrka, about 90 km northwest of Kharkiv, Ekstra-Bladet reported.

"This is a terrible reminder of the danger that journalists in Ukraine face every day to document the horrors of war," Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod wrote on Twitter.

The journalists were taken to the Poltava Regional Clinical Hospital, where they underwent surgery.

According to the head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration Dmitry Lunin, the citizens of Denmark received moderate injuries. Currently the situation is stable.

According to Fakty, the journalists were wearing bulletproof vests. They were in the Okhtyrka area when their car came under fire.

Weichert and Mikkelsen have been living in Ukraine for two years. Both are experienced journalists and have received the necessary safety training in Denmark.

According to the National Guard, representatives of the Danish embassy were informed about the state of health of the foreign journalists.

Roskomnadzor threatens to block access to Krym.realii (RFE/RL) because of reporting on russia's war against Ukraine

Roskomnadzor threatens to restrict access to the Krym.Realii (RFE/RL) website, accusing the Radio Svoboda project of "spreading an inaccurate information" about russia's new invasion of Ukraine. This was reported by Krym.Realii with reference to the press service of the russian agency.

"In compliance with the requirements of the Prosecutor General's Office, Roskomnadzor sent a message about the need to restrict access to inaccurate information to the resources" Echo of Moscow ","InoSMI"," Mediazone "," New Times "," Rain "," Free Press "," Krym.Realii"," Novaya Gazeta "," Journalist "," Lenizdat ", this is said in the message.

Roskomnadzor said the sources contained allegedly some inaccurate reports "about the shelling of Ukrainian cities and the deaths of civilians in Ukraine as a result of the actions of the russian Army, as well as materials describing the operation as an attack, invasion or declaration of war."

"Roskomnadzor has also launched an administrative investigation into the dissemination of inaccurate socially significant information in these media. This offense entails liability under Article 13.15 of the Administrative Code, as an administrative fine of up to 5 million rubles," - said in a statement.

As IMI reported, in February, Roskomnadzor demanded from Krym.Realii (RFE/RL project) to take down the news with the comment of the russian opposition politician Garry Kasparov and stories on the russian military conscription in Crimea.

On February 24, russia invaded Ukraine and began shelling cities.

25.02.2022 

In Poltava region, journalists received letter with a Google form allegedly from would-be state agency

The editorial office of Semenivski Visti (Poltava region) received a letter from the state sector with an information about its community abroad.

The editor-in-chief of the publication Mykhailo Pohribny informed the IMI representative in Poltava region about it. 

The letter is entitled "Important message helping Ukraine" and contains a link to the Google form. Mykhailo Pohribnyi said that they did not open the link.

Poltavska Khvylya news portal targeted with DDoS attack

A DDoS attack is targetting the website of Poltavska Khvylya. The site  currently does not function. 

The editor-in-chief of Poltavska Khvylya Vitaliy Ulybin told it speaking to the representative of IMI in Poltava region. 

Poltavska Khvylya has been actively covering developments in Ukraine and providing information on armed hostilities.

The editorial office is going to transfer its work to Facebook and telegrams.

Konkurent news portal in Lutsk targeted with DDoS attack

For several hours in a row, the Konkurent news agency was targeted with DDoS attacks from russia and Germany. 

This was announced by the editor-in-chief of the website of the news agency "Konkurent" Andriy Luchyk, a representative of IMI in the Volyn region. 

According to him, on February 25, for several hours in a row, he and his colleagues could not visit the site's administration page.   

On its Facebook page, Konkurent reported that the latest news from Konkurent are available in telegram, Instagram and on Konkurent TV.

russia blocked access to Ukrainian Hlavred on its territory

Roskomnadzor has restricted access to the website of the Ukrainian online publication Glavred on the Internet in russia. This was reported by Hlavred.

The editorial office received a message from Roskomnadzor restricting access to information resources from russia, as "information posted on the site violates the law of the russian federation."

"In accordance with Article 15.3 of the Federal Law of 27.07.2006 № 149-FZ" On information, information technology and information protection "we inform that, in accordance with the requirements of the Prosecutor General of the russian federation from 24.02.2022 № 27-31-2020 / Id2145- 22, the information posted on the information resource https://glavred.info contains false reports of acts of terrorism or other unreliable socially significant information disseminated in the form of reliable messages that threaten to harm the lives and (or) health of citizens, property, threat of mass disturbance of public order and (or) public safety or threat of obstruction of operation or termination of operation of life support facilities, transport or social infrastructure, credit organizations, energy facilities, industry or communications, "the invaders said.

It is further said that access to the site will be prohibited on the basis of the requirement of the Prosecutor General's Office of the russian federation from 24.02.2022.

24.02.2022  1st day of the invasion

Website of Channel 5 hacked

On February 24, the website of Channel 5 was targeted with hacker attack. The news appeared on the site with a picture of putin and allegedly with demands from the "head of the administration" to surrender one’s arms addressed to all armed units in Ukraine.

Babel reported a DDoS attack

Babel reports that a DDoS attack has been launched against the website. This is said in the Telegram channel of the publication.

"Friends, a powerful DDoS attack is targeting the Babel website. We are doing everything possible to repel it. Read our social networks," the statement reads.

Journalists call on to subscribe to their social networks: Facebook and Telegram.

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