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524 crimes against journalists and media in Ukraine committed by Russia in the year and five months of the big war

24.07.2023, 10:00
Photo: Oksana Fusyk, Dmytro Rybakov on Facebook, edit by IMI
Photo: Oksana Fusyk, Dmytro Rybakov on Facebook, edit by IMI

In the year and five months since the start of the full-scale invasion, Russia has committed 524 crimes against journalists and media in Ukraine.

This is evidenced by the Russian War Crimes Monitoring carried out by the Institute of Mass Information.

During the seventeenth month of the war, IMI recorded five freedom of speech violations committed by Russia – injuring reporters.

In July, two media workers who enlisted in the Ukrainian army were killed in action.

Kostyantyn Hnitetsky, a serviceman and former videographer for Suspilne's Rivne branch, was killed by a Russian shelling strike on UAF positions near Dibrova (Luhansk oblast) on July 16.

Dmytro Rybakov, a soldier, journalist and historian, was killed in action on July 18 in Zaporizhzhia oblast. Before the war he was as an editor and media consultant at Chas.News, "Forbes Ukraine", LB, "Ukrainian Pravda".

According to IMI, a total of 65 media workers have been killed in Ukraine in the course of Russia's aggression, 10 of those dying while reporting.

Furthermore, five media workers (both Ukrainian and foreign) were injured in the seventeenth month of the war.

Furthermore, a Russian shelling attack on Kramatorsk on June 27 resulted in a missile hitting a downtown pizzeria where customers, including journalists, were dining. Two reporters were injured – a British freelance photographer, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, and a journalist from South America, Catalina Gómez. Dmytro, an interpreter accompanying one of the reporters, was also injured.

TSN correspondent Yulia Kiriyenko suffered a concussion on July 19 in the combat zone in Donetsk oblast, where she was filming a material about the Ukrainian defenders. "The Russians opened targeted fire either from a tank or from a howitzer – we didn't have time to process it. We felt five hits, two aimed at the dugout where we were hiding. Fortunately, while they were reloading their weapon, we managed to get into the car and drive away from the shelling," the journalist said.

Deutsche Welle (DW) cameraman Yevhen Shylko received a shrapnel wound on July 22, when Russians shelled Druzhkivka (Donetsk oblast) with cluster bombs. The DW filming crew came under Russian fire around 12:10 p.m. while filming Ukrainian soldiers at a training camp near Druzhkivka.

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