In the year that has passed since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia committed 497 crimes against journalists and media in Ukraine. The Russian crimes committed on Ukrainian territory include murder, kidnapping, firing at and wounding journalists, attacks on TV towers, threats, attacks on media offices, cybercrimes, shutting down Ukrainian broadcasting, as well as brand theft and creating fake clones of local publications and channels to spread Russian aggressive propaganda. Furthermore, due to the full-scale war, at least 216 media outlets have had to cease their work. This happened not only in the areas affected by the hostilities or occupation, but also in the relatively quieter parts of the country, due to the financial crisis caused by the war.
Since February 24, 2022, Russians killed 49 media members on Ukrainian territory. Eight of them were killed in the line of duty, and 41 died as combatants or fell victim to Russian shelling, not in the course of their journalistic work.
In this report PEN Ukraine conducting a weekly monitoring of crimes the invader perpetrates against representatives of independent Ukrainian and international media.
Journalists killed while carrying out their duties since the beginning of full-scale Russia's war against Ukraine: