Russia-Ukraine War

With August 24, 2022, marking six months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the war continues to exact a brutal toll. The United Nations estimates that one-third of Ukrainians have been forced from their homes; more than 5,000 have been killed and more than 6,500 injured. At least 12 journalists have been killed covering the war and CPJ is investigating whether the deaths of three others were related to their journalism. Russia’s independent media have been gutted as scores of journalists have fled onerous new media restrictions in their homeland, and dozens of Belarusian journalists who had earlier found refuge in Ukraine from their own country’s media crackdown were forced to flee yet again.

CPJ has called for the protection of Ukrainian journalists, along with the international reporters and media workers who join them in covering the conflict. Read CPJ’s Russia-Ukraine watch for detailed weekly round-ups of regional attacks on press freedom during the first four months of the conflict.

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Deaths in Ukraine

Motive confirmed (12)

1
Ihor Hudenko, Freelance, killed in Kharkiv on February 26
2
Yevhenii Sakun, LIVE, killed in Kyiv on March 1
3
Viktor Dedov, Sigma-TV, killed in Mariupol on March 11
4
Oksana Haidar, Freelance, killed in Shevchenkove around March 11 – April 7
5
Brent Renaud, Time, killed in Irpin on March 13
6
Maks Levin, LB.ua, body found April 1 near Huta-Mezhyhirska, missing on March 13
7
Pierre Zakrzewski, Fox News, killed in Horenka on March 14
8
Oleksandra Kuvshynova, Fox News, killed in Horenka on March 14
9
Oksana Baulina, The Insider, killed in Kyiv on March 23
10
Mantas Kvedaravicius, Freelance, killed in Mariupol on April 2
11
Vira Hyrych, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, killed in Kyiv on April 28
12
Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, BFMTV, killed in Lysychansk on May 30

Motive unconfirmed (3)

1
Zoreslav Zamoysky, Freelance, killed in Bucha around March 4 – April 12
2
Roman Nezhyborets, Dytynets, killed in Yahidne around March 5-9
3
Yevhenii Bal, Freelance, killed in Manhush on April 2
Journalists run for cover after heavy shelling near Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 6, 2022. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

CPJ safety advice

If you are a journalist covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, please consult the following safety advice:

If you are a journalist in need of emergency assistance, please contact [email protected].

Associated Press photographer Evgeniy Maloletka points at the smoke rising after an airstrike in Mariupol, Ukraine on March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Six months after Russian invasion of Ukraine, at least 12 journalists killed covering the war

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