Ukraine / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Ukraine since 1992


Ukrainian journalist Sergiy Nikishin attacked while attempting to cover event violating COVID restrictions

New York, April 29, 2021 – Ukrainian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the attack on journalist Sergiy Nikishin, hold the perpetrators responsible, and ensure that members of the press can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 10 p.m. on April 24, in the western village of Lahodiv in Ukraine’s…

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Crimean court fines chief editor of Qirim newspaper

New York, April 21, 2021 – Authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea should not contest the appeal of journalist Bekir Mamutov, and should refrain from fining members of the press over their coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the magistrates’ court of the Zheleznodorozhny district of Simferopol, the capital of Russian-occupied Crimea, convicted Mamutov,…

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RFE/RL contributor Vladislav Yesypenko arrested, accused of espionage in Crimea

New York, March 18, 2021 – Russian authorities should immediately release journalist Vladislav Yesypenko and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 10, Federal Security Service officers in Russian-occupied Crimea detained Yesypenko, a freelance journalist, according to news reports and a lawyer hired by his family, Emil Kurbedinov,…

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Journalist Valery Vorotnik assaulted in Ukraine

New York, February 4, 2021 – Ukrainian authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the recent attack on journalist Valery Vorotnik, and ensure that the perpetrators are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 2, in the central city of Cherkasy, two men entered the editorial office of the independent broadcaster…

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Doubts over investigation plague Pavel Sheremet trial as Ukraine journalists cite continued fear

The trial of three people charged for the 2016 killing of Pavel Sheremet is set to begin before year’s end, but friends and colleagues of the journalist wonder if the right people are facing justice. It has been more than four years and two months since a powerful car bomb killed journalist Pavel Sheremet in…

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Ukrainian journalists threatened with gun, police in Kyiv refuse to intervene

New York, September 23, 2020 – Kyiv police should thoroughly investigate a gun threat against cameraman Yegor Serdiuk and reporter Anastasiya Bereziy and determine why police officers at the scene failed to protect the reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  In the early hours of September 21, a man pointed a gun at…

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Ukrainian investigative program ‘Schemes’ targeted with car burning, alleged surveillance

New York, August 17, 2020 – Ukrainian authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the torching of a car affiliated with the “Schemes” TV program and the alleged surveillance of one of the program’s journalists, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 7, Mykhailo Tkach,…

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Ukrainian journalist Katerina Sergatskova in hiding amid threats, doxing

New York, July 20, 2020 — Ukrainian authorities should ensure journalist Katerina Sergatskova’s safety and investigate the threats against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 11, Roman Skrypin, a local journalist, posted on Facebook–where he has more than 130,000 followers–a photo of Sergatskova, chief editor of independent news site Zaborona, along…

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Police officers are seen in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on February 20, 2020. Local investigative outlet Slidstvo.Info is potentially facing a criminal investigation for its reporting. (AP/Igor Chekachkov)

Ukrainian investigative outlet Slidstvo.Info faces potential investigation for its reporting

New York, March 11, 2020 — Ukrainian authorities should not conduct a criminal investigation into Slidstvo.Info, and should allow its journalists to work freely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Inmates are seen at the Kirovskaya penal colony in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on September 2, 2019. Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Aseyev was recently sent to a penal colony in Donetsk for a 15-year sentence. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

Donetsk militants announce 15-year ‘sentence’ for Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Aseyev

New York, October 22, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the announcement by Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine that they intend to hold Stanyslav Aseyev, a reporter for the U.S.-backed broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in a penal colony for 15 years, as reported by his employer.

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