Russia-Ukraine War

Russia’s war on Ukraine is stretching into its fourth month, with the conflict taking an escalating toll on the country. More than 7.5 million people have fled across Ukraine’s borders and more than seven million have been internally displaced since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the country in early February.

At least 12 journalists covering the war in Ukraine have been killed, and CPJ is investigating the deaths of three other journalists to determine if they were work-related. Scores more have faced shelling, shooting, and detention as they work to provide vital information about the invasion. Russian journalists have been detained and threatened during Moscow’s crackdown on independent Russian media, and many have fled the country.

CPJ has called for the protection of Ukrainian journalists, along with the international reporters and media workers who join them in covering the conflict, and asked Ukraine to exempt them from compulsory military service. CPJ is tracking regional press freedom violations below and in its weekly Russia-Ukraine watch.

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Deaths in Ukraine

Motive confirmed (12)

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

Motive unconfirmed (3)

Zoreslav Zamoysky, Freelance, killed in Bucha around March 4 – April 12
Roman Nezhyborets, Dytynets, killed in Yahidne around March 5-9
Yevhenii Bal, Freelance, killed in Manhush on April 2

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)

Journalists killed for their work in Ukraine

Friends, families, and colleagues of journalists killed in relation to their work since the beginning of the war in Ukraine remember them as uncles, cat-lovers, joke-tellers, and so much more.