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28 journalists deceased in Ukraine due to russian invasion – IMI

19.05.2022, 14:49

Since the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, 28 journalists have died of russian shelling. Of these, seven journalists were deceased while carrying out their professional duties and 21 died as combatants or due to russian shelling, not in the line of duty.

Such is the data of the Institute of Mass Information as of May 19.

In May, it became known that six media workers have died on the frontline or in shelling and not in the line of duty: Oleksandr Makhov, Natalia Harakoz, Yevhen Starynets, Maksym Medinsky, Oksana Haidar, and Kostyantyn Kits.

Seven journalists total have been killed while carrying out their duties since February 24. Among them are three Ukrainian journalists and four foreign ones. Five men and two women.

  1. Yevhen Sakun, LIVE channel cameraman (deceased on March 1 in a russian missile strike on a TV tower in Kyiv);
  2. Brent Renaud, documentarist and The Times correspondent (shot by russians on March 13 at a checkpoint in Irpin);
  3. Pierre Zakrzewski, Fox News cameraman, Irish citizen (deceased on March 14 in a russian shelling attack on Horenka village, Kyiv region);
  4. Oleksandra Kuvshynova, Ukrainian fixer and journalist (deceased on March 14 together with Pierre Zakrzewski in a russian shelling attack on Horenka village, Kyiv region);
  5. Oksana Baulina, journalist working for the russian The Insider, Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (deceased on March 23 under russian artillery fire in Kyiv while carrying out an editorial assignment); 
  6. Maxim Levin, photo reporter, war correspondent, had worked for many international agencies and Ukrainian media (went missing on March 13, found murdered on April 1);
  7. Mantas Kvedaravicius, Lithuanian filmmaker and documentarist (killed in Mariupol).

21 journalists were killed as combatants or as a result of russian shelling, not while performing their journalist duties.

  1. Oleksandr Lytkin, "КNК Мedia" journalist, deceased on February 13 in a shelling attack on Romanivka village by russian troops.
  2. Dilerbek Shakirov, civillian journalist working for "Navkolo tebe" informational weekly, shot from an automatic rifle on February 26 in Kherson suburbs;
  3. Serhiy Pushchenko, graphic artist and painter, culturologist, Honored Artist of Ukraine, National Journalist Union of Ukraine member, award-winning journalist, volunteer and ATO veteran, killed on March 2 in Vasylkiv together with his territorial defence comrades;
  4. Viktor Dudar, war journalist, deceased on March 6 in a battle with russian invaders near Mykolaiv;
  5. Pavlo Li, actor, "Dom" channel host, joined territorial defence forces at the beginning of the war, deceased on March 6 near Irpin while helping evacuate civillians;
  6. Viktor Dedov, "Sigma" channel cameraman, killed on March 11 in Mariupol as a result of a shelling attack on a building;
  7. Oleh Yakunin, Zaporizhzhia website editor, deceased on March 18 defending Ukraine from russian invaders;
  8. Lilia Humyanova, journalism tutor and the head of the art department of Livoberezhny District House of Children's and Youth Creativity, killed on March 19 in a russian shelling attack on Mariupol;
  9. Yurii Oliynyk, Channel 24 cameraman, deceased on March 23 in a battle near Popasna village, Luhansk region;
  10. Serhiy Zaikovskyy, essayist, historian, translator, deceased on March 24 in a battle with russian invaders near Kyiv;
  11. Denys Kotenko, Ministry of Veterans Affairs press office employee, deceased on March 24 in a battle with russian invaders near Kyiv;
  12. Yevhen Bal, journalist, author, volunteer, died under torture at the hands of russian troops on April 2 in Mariupol;
  13. Roman Nezhyborets, Chernihiv's "Dytynets" channel video engineer, killed by russian troops in April in Yahidna village near Chernihiv; 
  14. Zoreslav Zamoiskyy, body with signs of violent death found on April 13 in Bucha.
  15. Vira Hyrych, RFE/RL journalist, killed in a russian shelling attack on Kyiv on April 28.
  16. Oleksandr Makhov, journalist for Ukraine, Ukraine 24, and Dom TV channels, killed by shelling on May 4. Donbas war veteran. Went back to the frontline with the beginning of the full-scale russian aggression in 2022.
  17. Natalia Kharakoz, died in Mariupol under russian blockade, journalist, author, member of NUJU and the National Union of Writers of Ukraine, head of "Azovye" literature club.
  18. Yevhen Starynets, former manager of Suspilne's Cherkasy branch, killed on April 30 in a battle for Popasna (Luhansk region).
  19. Maksym Medynsky, communications officer, serviceman, died tragically while defending the country.
  20. Oksana Haydar (pseudonym Ruda Pani), killed by russian artillery strike on Shevchenkove village, Brovary district, Kyiv region, between March 11 and 12.
  21. Kostyantyn Kits, Lutsk's "Avers" channel cameraman, killed on the frontline defending Ukraine.

We remind that IMI has recorded 243 crimes against the media and journalists committed by the russian federation since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, from February 24 to April 24.

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