Russia committed 148 crimes against journalists and the media in Ukraine during the month since the beginning of its large-scale invasion of Ukraine, from February 24 to March 23, 2022.
These are the monitoring data of the Institute of Mass Information in all regions of Ukraine.
As of March 24, five journalists were killed during fulfilling their professional activities, seven journalists were injured and one had gone missing. IMI is aware of at least six cases of Ukrainian journalists being taken hostage and ill-treated by Russian forces. The occupiers fired into 10 TV towers, which are civilian targets, causing the complete or temporary disappearance of television and radio broadcasting in eight regions of Ukraine. In addition, at least 70 regional media outlets were forced to shut down due to threats from the Russian occupiers, seizure of newsrooms, inability to work under temporary occupation, lack of opportunities for printing and distribution, and so on.
During the month since Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, five journalists in Kyiv and its suburbs have been killed in the line of duty. In particular, these are:
- Yevhen Sakun, cameraman of LIVE TV channel (died on March 1 during the Russian rocket attack on the TV tower in Kyiv);
- Brent Renaud, a former correspondent for The New York Times (shot dead by Russians on March 13 in Irpen at a checkpoint);
- Pierre Zakrzewski, cameraman for Fox News, an Irish citizen (killed on March 14 during an artillery shelling by Russian troops in the village of Gorenka, Kyiv region).
- Oleksandra Kuvshynova, Ukrainian producer, journalist (killed on March 14 together with Pierre Zakrzewski during an artillery shelling by Russian troops in the village of Gorenka, Kyiv region).
- Oksana Baulina, a journalist for Russia’s The Insider and Oleksiy Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (killed on March 23 during an Russian shelling in Kyiv while performing an editorial assignment).
Three more journalists were killed as a result of Russian shelling or shooting, but not in the wake of their journalistic duties. In particular, the other victims are Dilerbek Shakirov, a civilian journalist of the information weekly “Around You” (he was shot dead by Russians at a blockpost in the suburbs of Kherson on February 26); Viktor Dudar, a military journalist (who died on March 6 during battles with Russian invaders near Mykolayiv), and Sigma TV operator Viktor Dedov (who died in Mariupol on March 11 as a result of shelling of his house).
Photojournalist Maksym Levin, who covered the fighting near Kyiv, disappeared on March 13, his fate remains unknown.
At least seven journalists in Kyiv, Sumy, and Mykolayiv were injured with shooting or shelling of the Russian occupiers:
- two Danish journalists from Ekstra-Bladet – journalist Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg (were injured on February 26 in the Sumy region near the town of Okhtyrka, when their car came under Russian fire);
- the correspondent of the British TV channel Sky News Stuart Ramsay (was wounded in the shelling by Russian troops in Bucha in Kyiv region on February 28. Channel operator Richie Mockler was rescued with a bulletproof vest);
- Swiss journalist Guillaume Briquet (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 by Russians. At the same time, the occupiers clearly saw the “press” sign on his car);
- Radio Liberty correspondent Marian Kushnir (wounded in the March 11 in Russian 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 in Russian shelling on March 14 while preparing a report near Kyiv).
Journalists came under Russian fire mainly in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhya. Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchina came under Russian fire in Zaporizhzhya. Two Czech Voxpot journalists, Maida Slamova and Vojtech Bogach, were also shelled by Russian troops. In addition, TSN, ICTV’s Fakty and Nastoyaschego Vremya TV crews came under Russian fire in the Kyiv region.
IMI has recorded at least six attacks with the capture and abduction of journalists by the Russian occupiers. Four of these cases took place in the temporarily occupied territories – in Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya Oblast (kidnapping of journalists and the publisher of the newspaper Melitopolski Vedomosti, hostage-taking of the father of RIA-Melitopol journalist) and Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson Region (Oleg Baturyn). Also in Zaporizhzhya region, Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchyna was taken prisoner by Russian FSB.
The occupiers fired on 10 TV towers in eight regions of Ukraine: in Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya region), Kyiv and the village of Vynarivka (Kyiv region), Kharkiv (twice hit the TV tower), Rivne, Vinnytsia, Korosten (Zhytomyr region), Lysychansk (Luhansk region), Bilopillya (Sumy region). As a result of Russian air strikes, Ukrainian broadcasting has completely or partially disappeared in these regions.
In addition, the occupiers seized Ukrainian media outlets and switched on Russian channels. In particular, the Russian occupiers forcibly shut down Kherson and Melitopol from Ukrainian broadcasting, and the occupiers mined the UA:Public broadcasting corporation building in Kherson.
IMI has also recorded numerous DDoS attacks on Ukrainian online media and NGOS sites covering Russia’s war against Ukraine. Media sites were hacked, their news changed, there were posted Russian symbols or calls to surrender. In particular, the sites of the UA:Suspilne, NV, Channel 5, Babel, Lutsk’s Konkurent website, Poltava Wave publication, Kherson newspaper Novyi Den, the financial publication Minfin.com.ua, Kherson edition MOST, the website Espresso TV channel, etc., were under attack. In addition, IMI recorded fishing attacks on Ukrainian newsrooms and journalists.
Russian crimes against journalists and media have been recorded in 14 regions of Ukraine. Most crimes were committed by Russia in Kyiv and the Kyiv region (murders, injuries, disappearances, abductions, shelling of journalists, threats, cybercrimes). On the second place – Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions, where some cities are temporary occupied by the Russian army – there were cases of abductions, attacks on journalists, threats, cybercrimes, seizure of media outlets and shutdowns of Ukrainian broadcasting.
Murders – 5
01.03.2022 The cameraman for LIVE TV Yevheny Sakun was killed in the shelling of a TV tower in Kyiv on March 1.
The report about the death of an employee of the TV channel was later confirmed by the National Police, as Noviny.LIVE reported.
“Now we have a personal account with the invaders …”, – colleagues of Yevhen Sakun wrote. News.LIVE editorial office expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.
5 persons died, 5 other were wounded, as to Ukrayinska Pravda.
The Shevchenkivsky District Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv has launched a criminal investigation into the rocket attack on the Kyiv TV Tower, which resulted in the death of people ( violation of the laws and customs of war) (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
13.03.2022 In Irpen on the outskirts of Kyiv, the Russian invaders shot dead the journalist for The New York Times daily Brent Renaud and wounded another journalist. This was reported by Kyiv Police Chief Andriy Nebytov.
“Today, the correspondent for the world-famous New York Times was shot dead in Irpen. Another journalist is wounded. Now the victim is being taken out of the war zone. Naturally, the profession of journalist involves some risks, but the US citizen Brent Renaud paid the price of his life for trying to report law acts, atrocity and ruthlessness of the aggressor “, – Andriy Nebitov wrote.
As Anastasia Magerramova, a spokeswoman for Okhmatdyt Hospital reported, the injured 46-year-old American journalist Juan Diego Herrera Arredondo was conscious. The man received a shell fragment wound to the hip. He underwent surgery by Okhmatdit doctors. He does not yet know the fate of his colleague. The last thing he remembers is that his partner was shot in the neck at a Russian checkpoint.
Oleksandra Kuvshinova, a Ukrainian journalist, perished in an artillery shelling of Russian troops in the village of Gorenka in the Kyiv region. The cameraman for Fox News Pierre Zakzewski, citizen of Ireland, died on the spot him too. The adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko reported about it.
IMI has a photo certificate issued by Fox News for Aleksandra Kuvshinova.
The death of his cameraman was also reported in the Fox News story.
According to the channel, Zakzewski was working with correspondent Benjamin Hall when their car was fired upon.
According to Gerashchenko, Benjamin Hall got his anticnemion ablated.
14.03.2022 Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakzewski, citizen of Ireland, and Oleksandra Kuvshinova, a Ukrainian journalist, were killed in an artillery shelling of Russian troops in the village of Gorenka in the Kyiv region. Oleksandra Kuvshinova , Ukrainian journalist, perished together with him. The adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko reported about it.
The death of his cameraman was also reported in the Fox News story.
According to the channel, Zakzewski was working with correspondent Benjamin Hall when their car was fired upon.
23.03.2022 Oksana Baulina, a journalist with the Russian opposition newspaper The Insider, died on March 23 under Russian shelling in Kyiv while performing an editorial assignment.
This was reported on the website of the publication.
According to the newspaper,Oksana Baulina filmed the wreaking destruction after the Russian troops fired on the Podol district of the capital and she came under new missile fire. Another civilian was killed with her, and two people who accompanied her were injured and hospitalized.
Prior to joining The Insider, Oksana worked for Oleksiy 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 made several reports from Lviv and Kyiv.
The Insider declared they would continue to cover the war in Ukraine, includingly the war crimes the Russia commits like “unselective shelling of residential districts causing death of civilians and journalists”.
Journalists going missing – 1
13.03.2022 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 outside 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 Huta 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.
Maksym 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.
Extractions and abductions of journalists – 6
1/ Russian troops abducted and tortured fixeur for French Radio France
On 5 March, Russian troops abducted Nikita (his name is changed for his safety) in a village in central Ukraine, tortured him and held in captivity for nine days.
The Reporters without Borders (RSF) reported it on 21st of March, after having communicated to fixer as he was set free.
ON March 8th, RSF was alerted by Radio France about disappearance and mobilized to search for him.
As Nikita told, he was beaten, he felt pieces of his teeth in his mouth, he was tortured with electric shocks, they held him in a cave with floor filled with freezing water, he was interrogated, deprived of food for 48 hours. Also they 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. Then they took him to the forest, tied him to a tree and interrogated for five days long like that. Then they set him freee. 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.
RSF noted the fixer’s testimony was checked in conversation to other captive who was set free together wth Nikita, his relatives, journalists for Radio France, whom Nikita worked for. RSF is going to pass this account to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) , as a follow-up to the two complaints that it has already filed the prosecutor on 4 and 16 March.
“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 cited the testimony Nikita gave:
On 5 March, 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. The soldiers – he counted six of them, each with a white band fixed around a leg – seized him, threw him to the ground, searched him and beat him. He kept shouting that he was a civilian but they seemed to think he was a soldier acting as a scout to guide artillery fire.
After pulling his cap over his eyes, the soldiers took Nikita to a house a few minutes’ walk away. 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.
08.03.2022 The Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov reported that Russian invaders held foreign journalists in captivity. This is said in his report. Reznikkov said the journalists were held in Kyiv region.
“Invaders hold journalists as prisoners: for now, it has been known about several UK citizens held in the village Stooiiyanka-2. The group came under fire and another journalist, citizen of UK was wounded. A journalist, citizen of Switzerland was wounded and robbed by invaders in Mykolaiv rehgion. Unfortunately, you do let invaders doing it”, as the minister said.
18.03.2022 Journalist with Hromadske Victoria Roshchina eventually is hled 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 could not contact Victoria. Some eye-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.
12.03.2022 A local journalist Oleh Baturyn went missing in Kakhovka (Kherson region) by night.
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.
21.03.2022 In Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya region, representatives of the occupation authorities abducted several employees of the Melitopolki Vedomosti (MV), according to the local newspaper RIA-Melitopol.
“Armed persons came to the house of journalists Yulia Olkhovska and Lyubov Chaika, publisher Mykhailo Kumok and managing editor-in-chief of the Melitopolski Vedomosti 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.
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.
Updating. According to IMI, the occupiers have already released Yevheniya Boryan. She was taken away, spoke to her and she came back.
The publication “Local News – Melitopol” reported also the fact on Facebook that the occupiers set free three MV female journalists after having talked to them about collaboration. “The whereabouts of Mykhailo Kumok is 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 Olga Gaisumova.
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 public the report on the incident.
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 no reply they got.
“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 Pole’s card – 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.
INJURED JOURNALISTS – 7
1/Two Danish reporters came under fire in Sumy region
26.03.2022 A journalist from Danish tabloid Ekstra-Bladet were shot and injured while reporting from eastern Ukraine on Saturday, as Reuters reported.
Journalist Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsen were shot while driving in a car in the town of Ohtyrka, some 90 km northwest of Kharkiv, according to Ekstra-Bladet.
“This is an ugly reminder of the dangers journalists in Ukraine face every day to document the horrors of the war,” Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said on Twitter.
The two journalists from Denmark were taken to the regional clinical hospital in Poltava, where they underwent surgery. As the medical director of Poltava regional hospital Dmytro Lunin said, Danish journalists received moderately severe injuries.
According to Fakty daily, the journalists were wearing the bullet-proof vests. Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsen of the Danish tabloid Ekstra-Bladet were wouned by shots while driving in Okhtyrka, about 90 km northwest of Kharkiv.
Since two last years , they reside in Ukraine. The both are experienced journalists and were trained to safety in Danemark.
As to National Guards of Ukraine, the officials of the Danish Embassy were informed about their health condition.
26.02.2022 Photographer from Danish tabloid Ekstra-Bladet were shot and injured while reporting from eastern Ukraine on Saturday, the paper said.
Journalist Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsen were shot while driving in a car in the town of Ohtyrka, some 90 km northwest of Kharkiv, according to Ekstra-Bladet.
“This is an ugly reminder of the dangers journalists in Ukraine face every day to document the horrors of the war,” Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said on Twitter.
“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 immediately jumped out of the car and hid in the nearest shelter, where they were evacuated by employees of the Bucha District Police Department.
One of the media representatives was taken to hospital by police, where he was given 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.
The correspondent of the British TV channel Sky News Stuart Ramsay sustained gunshot injury to the lower back by Russian troops in Bucha in Kyiv region on February 28. The cameraman of the TV channel Richie Mockler was rescued by a bulletproof vest.
This was reported by Public with reference to Sky News.
“Chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his team were attacked near Kyiv. Cameraman Richie Mockler received two shots in a bulletproof vest, Stuwart was wounded, “the channel reported. A group of five media people has already been sent to the UK.
” The first round cracked the windscreen. Camera operator Richie Mockler huddled into the front passenger footwell. Then we were under full attack.
Bullets cascaded through the whole of the car, tracers, bullet flashes, windscreen glass, plastic seats, the steering wheel, and dashboard had disintegrated”,- said the media.
At first they thought they were under mistaken fire from a Ukrainian checkpoint. However, the Ukrainians later explained to reporters that they had been ambushed by Russian saboteurs.
Finally, all five members of the TV crew survived and got to safety, hiding behind the concrete fence of a neighboring building.
“Their experience illustrates the scale of the mayhem and violence as Russia’s invasion enters a new and deadlier phase,” the paper said.
06.03.2022 Swiss journalist Guillaume Briquet (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 by Russians. At the same time, the occupiers clearly saw the “press” sign on his car);
The head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration Mariya Chorna reported about the attack of the invaders on the Swiss journalist Guillaume Briquet: militants took his car under fire and seized his things.
Mariya Chorna reported about it in Telegram, as Hromadske reported.
The Russian military fired at the journalist near the settlement of Vodiano-Lorine of the Mykolaiv region.
According to Bricke, after crossing the Ukrainian checkpoint, he headed south in his official car and came under fire of the occupying forces from close range just a few minutes later. At the same time, the occupiers could clearly see “PRESS” logo on the car.
After the shelling, the journalist immediately went to the sidelines. The Russian military approached, called themself and searched him. They seized his passport, 3,000 euros in cash, personal belongings, a helmet, camera footage and a laptop.
After that, the journalist was released, got into a car and drove in the direction of Kropyvnytskyi to receive medical treatment. According to the head of the regional state administration, the journalist has shell fragments wounds. In the evening of March 6, he arrived at Kropyvnytskyi hospital.
According to the National Police, several bullets hit the glass as a result of the shelling, injuring the journalist. He received injuries to his face and forearms.
The Russian troops fired at his armored car when he moved towards Mykolaiv. After the car was stopped, the Russian invaders seized documents, money, photos, video equipment, a laptop and other valuables from a Swiss citizen and released them.
The injured journalist left for the Kirovohrad region as soon as possible. The wounded man was met at the checkpoint by Kropyvnytskyi police, who helped the man get to a medical facility where he was provided with medical care.
11.03.2022 Radio Svoboda correspondent Marian Kushnir was injured in a rocket attack on the outskirts of Kyiv. He announced this on his Instagram on the morning of March 11.
“Now this is what is happening in the Kyiv region, we will try to get out,” Marian said in a few seconds of video, which was supplemented by the caption “I am alive. Everything is OK.” The video shows his ear bleeding.
A few hours later, Marian recorded another video, where he said that he had an injury, doctors helped him. Feels fine, keeps working.
According to Radio Svoboda Marian Kushnir was injured in a strike by Russian troops in the Kyiv region.
According to Kushnir, that was the missile strike or air strike happened at about 3:00 am on March 11 in Baryshivka. There are still victims of the attack, but no exact number is known. No one was killed.
Military medics and Baryshivka medics provided medical assistance to the Radio Svoboda correspondent. Now it is in satisfactory condition.
Marian Kushnir has been working for Radio Liberty since 2015, and is now actively covering developments of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, particularly in the Kyiv region.
13.03.2022 In Irpen on the outskirts of Kyiv, the Russian invaders shot down The New York Times correspondent Brent Renaud, another journalist was wounded, as Kyiv Police Chief Andriy Nebytov reported.
“Today, a 51-old years correspondent of the world-famous New York Times was shot dead in Irpen today. Another journalist got injured. Naturally, the profession of journalist involves some risks, but the US citizen Brent Renaud paid the price of his life for trying to report law acts, atrocity and ruthlessness of the aggressor “, – Andriy Nebitov wrote.
According to Anastasia Magerramova, a spokeswoman for Okhmatdyt Hospital, the injured 46-year-old US journalist Juan Diego Jerrera Arredondo was conscious. The man received a shell fragments to his hip. He was operated on by Okhmatdit doctors. He does not yet know the fate of his colleague. The last thing he remembers is that his partner was shot in the neck at a Russian checkpoint.
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was hospitalized with wounds sustained on March 14 while reporting on the developments near Kyiv.
“We have a minimal level of details right now, but Ben has been hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather some additional information as the situation quickly unfolds.
“The security 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 journalist with Fox News was injured while preparing a report near Kyiv,” Roberts said. He added that little was known about the incident. The team of the TV channel is trying to find out more details.”
In the evening of March 14, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova reported that a foreign journalist had received a shell fragment fracture on both legs as a result of shelling by Russian troops. She published a journalist’s ID showing the name of Fox News, US 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 to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations (ERDR), and this procedure will be properly investigated, the Prosecutor General said.
Firing at journalists – 5
Czech Voxpot reporters Vojtech Bohac and Majda Slamova came under fire along with Ukrainian media outlets in Makariv on the outskirts of 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.
08.03.2022 Russian military fired on and robbed the car in which Hromadske journalist Victoria Roshchina was. She reported it on her Facebook page.
According to Victoria, she and the driver of the car came across a column of Russian tanks in the Zaporizhzhya region.
“Then, the roar of tanks, the white letter Z, the flag of the Russian Federation. They arrived from behind the corner and moved in our direction. Our driver backed up the car and tried to make a U-turn. The Russians began to target us massively. There were bullets, and then burning hot shells. Fortunately, they missed us. I ordered them to stop, drop the car and lie down in the field. But the columns came at us, and the rescue was an abandoned house, behind which they waited for Russian vehicles to pass, “she wrote.
“While we were hiding, our car was broken in. 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 communication and surrounded.
“Tanks on both sides of the village. We are surrounded and unable to pass the information. The most frightful about the occupation is the night. Dawn still gives hope for the best. It did not start with shelling or the basement this time. About 150 units of Russian hardware moved towards our peaceful villages. “I went on a reconnaissance mission on foot. I didn’t feel tired, cold or afraid under stress. There was a lot more to come. And sure, it will be more,” Roshchina wrote.
She also added that they were saved thanks to good people.
“I went to the regions to report on what was going on there and what people who have been living without communication all this time, at submachine point, multiple rocket launchers Grady and the roar of Russian tanks. In small villages and towns, the occupiers feel like “heroes”: they shoot civilians, set cars on fire, kill, marauding, they turn people’s lives into hell, they traumatize the psyche of children. They took away my equipment, but they won’t my willing to say the truth on the crimes they are committing. This time, probably, I was saved by miracle. But I will never forgive Russia. Never, “the journalist wrote.
15.03.2022 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 interview 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 calm, 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 from it, ”Yulia Kiriyenko said.
Journalists still managed to escape. “It helped me that you prayed. 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.
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.
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 ” Facts” program of ICTV and TSN channel 1 + 1.
PERSECUTION OF JOURNALISTS, THREATENS, INTIMIDATION – 11
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.
2/ 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 mopping up operations and jails,” one of the journalists who remained in the regional center told IMI.
In particular, 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 “SBU provocations” for many years. He also lied that the SBU had arrested him. In fact, he was never detained by police, even after the attack on the SBU convoy .
04.03.2022 Odessa mass media started receiving anonymous letters from the sender “Russian Odessa” written in Russian with the topic “This is your chance to sav yourself” (spelling saved, with an error In Russian – n/tr)) with threats and a call to “give up anti-Russian activities”.
Thus, the receipt of such a letter is confirmed by the editor-in-chief of “Pushkinskaya” Nataliya Korshak. Other e-mails addressed to other local media were mentioned in the copy: “Media-Inform”, “Reporter”, “Third Digital”, “Dumskaya”, 048, “Volnorez”, all.news.
A screenshot of the letter was posted on Facebook by Stras Yurchenko, a journalist with Hraty newspaper.
“Your publication proved to be the worst during the Ukrainian occupation of the city. Your last chance to mitigate the inevitable punishment for being involved in Nazism is to place a banner and immediately abandon any anti-Russian activities. Retribution is imminent. There may be no other chance,” – the letter reads.
The word “OdeZZa” is visible on the banner. The letters Z denote Russian equipment that invaded the territory of Ukraine, as well as some materials of Russian propaganda.
4/ The militants made public personal data of journalist
08.03.2022 Pro-Russian militants made public personal data of a journalist from one of the regions of Ukraine. This was reported to IMI by informed sources.
Her mobile number, passport data and address were posted on the Internet. This information is only partially true.
The journalist herself notes such a thing happened to her for the first time. She considers the that was an intimidation and attempt to make pressure on her, to force her to leave the city at the aim that there were no representatives of the Ukrainian media.
5/ In Berdyansk, journalists are forced to broadcast Russian propaganda on the radio
09.03.2022 In the temporarily occupied Berdyansk, the Russian invaders force local journalists to broadcast Russian propaganda at the machine gun point.
“They copied their addresses, their relatives’ addresses and force them to broadcast all sorts of bullshit. About that they import, for example, some humanitarian aid. It should be distributed – no one came. Two buses are with “grandmothers on duty”.They got out, took it, said, “how the life was good in Russia”, “and filmed it and shown on their television. This was the case in Melitopol, in particular,” – said Starukh.
As IMI reported, on March 8 in Berdyansk, the Russian occupiers seized the Azovska Khvylya radio station .
Also on March 8, the Russian military seized the building of the local media holding PRO100 in Berdyansk, Zaporizhia region.
11.03.2022 A number of Russian social media accounts have published threats against Ukrainian photojournalist Yevhen Maloletka, who took pictures of the aftermath of the March 9 bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol. In that attack three people died (including a child), 17 were injured.
Yevhen Maloletka, who works for several international photo agencies, has published photos of destruction and victims. Russian propaganda immediately said it had been a staging.
Immediately after the air strike, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Serhiy Lavrov, acknowledged the bombing and announced that “there were no patients” in the hospital because it had been “took” by Azov fighters. After that, the Russians found the account of the pregnant girl from the photos on social networks, found out that she was a model, began to tell that the photo was fabricated, and they started harassing her in the comments. Even the Russian Embassy in Great Britain posted a message saying it was a “fake news” on social networks by. On March 11, it became known that the girl had given birth to a child.
12.03.2022 Russian invaders threaten to massacre a Kherson journalist, Irina Staroselets. She is Ukrinform’s correspondent in the Kherson region, she told about the threats on her Facebook page, as IRS-Henichesk reported.
The journalist also confirmed this information to the IMI regional representative.
“The Russians are calling me and threatening me. They call me by name and explain what they will do to me, ” the journalist said.
According to the newspaper, the journalist is actively covering the developments in the Kherson region occupied by the Russian military.
We will remind, in the territory of the Kherson region which has been occupied by the Russian military invaders, they make attempts to create system of commandant’s offices.
13.03.2022 In temporarily occupied Berdyansk, invaders threaten journalists and their families, forcing them to work for Russian propaganda.
“In Berdyansk, the occupiers copied the addresses of journalists and their relatives. They are forced to work for Russian propaganda. They threaten their children, parents and wives. That is, they are trying to carry out terror and total intimidation, ” Oleksander Starukh commented.
He also said that there were many kidnappings in the region. In particular, Mayor Yevhen Matveev was abducted in Dniprorudny on the morning of 13 March, Ivan Fedorov in Melitopol, and public activist Olga Haisumova.
There are cases of abduction in other areas as well.
“There is little information about the mayor of Dniprorudny, but no information about Ivan Fedorov. We are all trying to find and take measures to bring him back to Ukraine, at least to snatch him from the clutches of terrorists, “said Starukh.
It will be recalled that in Berdyansk, Melitopol and Energodar, the invaders blocked the Ukrainian media.
21.03.2022 The chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Oleksander Bastrykin instructed to initiate a case against the Ukrainian TV presenter of the 1 + 1 TV channel Natalia Moseychuk, Detektor Media reported.
They will try to bring the TV presenter to justice and put her on the international wanted list. The reason was that she “expressed threats to Russian pilots and their relatives in the program.” 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 wraps”.
It should be noted that on March 20, the Russian telegram channel Troika announced a “hunt” for Moseychuk. The channel’s IT specialists called on subscribers to send any information to the host’s relatives and friends, and “we will be happy to hear about their fate in the near future.”
In the evening of the same day, the telegram channel published the personal data of the presenter.
“Moseychuk Natalia Nikolaevna…, how much do you think our citizens can pay in the cryptocurrency, just for fun, in order that you on your way out of the apartment… in Kiev, … smashed your head with an ice ax for your message to the families of our pilots? We guess that for a half of crypto in your Babylon one could find a jack-of-all-hands who will do it wile streaming it on live) “, – they wrote in the telegram channel.
It should be noted that this telegram channel also publishes personal data of Ukrainian servicemen.
Late in the evening on March 21, the Russian invaders broke in to the editor of the district newspaper “Nashe Misto-Tokmak” (Zaporizhzhya region) Vitaly Golod. 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, Rashchists (Russian+fashchists – n/tr) broke into my house. Because I was absent, the door was broken, things and documents were searched, and the computer system was stolen, ”the editor wrote.
According to the editor of the IMI representative in the Zaporizhzhya region, his neighbors told him that the occupiers had broken into his apartment.
“They were not the military, but representatives of the Interior Ministry or the FSB. I know all the military, because every day since February 28 we have held rallies protesting against the occupation. The military behaved correctly, “he said.
According to him, on March 21 at 9.30 pm councilperson Plaksina was abducted, and at 10.10 pm they came to him.
“As my neighbors told me, at first they knocked on the door like everyone else, then knocked with force, and then came to get the tyre irons or tommy bars. My acquaintances have already sent me a photo of the broken door. It is known that the computer and documents were confiscated. But I don’t know what documents they took, ”Vitaliy Holod said.
According to Vitaliy Holod, he was not injured and is currently outside the occupied city.
The Russian invaders came to the place of the parents of Kateryna Danylina-Levochko, the correspondent for the Industrial Zaporozhye editorial office in Melitopol, on March 21 at 4 a.m.
The journalist reported about it to the representative of IMI in the Zaporizhzhya 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.
SHELLINGS AND SEIZURE OF TV TOWERS – 10
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