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RUSSIANS HAVE KILLED SIX JOURNALISTS SINCE BEGINNING OF INVASION - IMI

19.03.2022, 12:04

As of 15th Mars, more than 60 war crimes committed by the Russian military against journalists and the media have been recorded by the Institute of Mass Information since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. In particular, six journalists were killed and at least seven media workers were wounded.

These are the data of the Institute of Mass Information, which has been recording the facts of Russia's war crimes against the media and journalists since February 24.

Thus, among the killed journalists: 

Shakirov Dilerbek , citizen journalist of the news weekly "Navkolo tebe" (he was shot dead on February 26 in the suburbs of Kherson with automatic weapons).

Yevgeny Sakun , cameraman for LIVE TV channel ( died on March 1 during the Russian rocket attack on the TV tower in Kyiv).

Victor Dudar , the military journalist ( perished on March 6 during fights with the Russian invaders near Mykoliav).

Brent Renaud, a former correspondent for The New York Times ( shot dead on March 13 in Irpen at a checkpoint).

Pierre Zakzewski , cameraman for Fox News, is an Irish citizen ( he died on March 14 during an artillery shelling by Russian troops in the village of Gorenka, Kyiv region).

Oleksandra Kuvshinova, Ukrainian filmmaker, journalist ( died on March 14 together with Pierre Zakzewski during the artillery shelling of Russian troops in the village of Gorenko, Kyiv region).

In addition, according to IMI, at least seven journalists were injured in shelling by the Russian occupiers: 

-two Danish journalists from Ekstra-Bladet - journalist Stefan Weihert and photographer Emil Filtenborg ( were injured on February 26 in the Sumy region near the town of Okhtyrka, when their car came under fire);

-correspondent of the British TV channel Sky News Stuart Ramsey was wounded in the shelling by Russian troops in Bucha in Kyiv region on February 28. Channel operator Richie Mokler was rescued by a bulletproof vest); 

-Swiss journalist Guillaume Bricke (wounded on March 6 in the Mykolaiv region as a result of the Russian shelling of the car in which he was. He was also robbed. At the same time, the occupiers clearly saw the "press" sign on the car);

-Radio Liberty correspondent Marian Kushnir wounded in the March 11 rocket attack near Kyiv); 

-American journalist Juan Diego Herrera Arredondo wounded on March 13 in Irpen near Kyiv as a result of shelling by Russian troops).

-Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall ( was hospitalized with a serious injury he received on March 14 while preparing a report near Kyiv).

-Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchina came under Russian fire in Zaporizhzhya . Her carwas robbed. Two Russian Voxpot journalists, Maida Slamova and Vojtech Bogach , were also shelled by Russian troops .

On 18of Mars,it became known that the journalist with Hromadske Victoria Roshchina was probably a prisoner of the Russian invaders.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.

Someeye-witnesses, whom the publication did not name for security 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. 

At the same time, IMI recorded other types of crimes Russiacommitted against the media. In particular, it is the deliberate shelling of TV towers across the country, the cessation of broadcasting and the seizure of property of television and radio organizations and the activities of other media.

Also, a number of sites of Ukrainian online publications have been subjected to DDoS attacks due to the coverage of Russia's war against Ukraine. Thus, the sites of Suspilne, NV, Channel 5, Babel, the Lutsk site Konkurent, PoltavskaHvylya, the Kherson newspaper Novy Den, the financial publication Minfin.com.ua, MOST, etc. were hacked. 

In addition, IMI recorded phishing attacks on Ukrainian newsrooms.

Threats and harassment of Ukrainian journalists, abductions ( Oleg Baturyn ) were also recorded.

It will be recalled that IMI has been recording facts about Russia's crimes against journalists and the media since the February 24 attack on Ukraine.

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