Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, 12 journalists have been killed during the combat actions. They covered the war crimes of the Russian Federation and became their victims. Another 10 members of the media received injuries of varying severity.
This was announced by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venedyktova.
To date, according to the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations, the Russian Armed Forces and other occupying forces have committed crimes against at least 56 members of the media. 15 of them are citizens of other states. 4 citizens of Britain, 2 citizens of the Czech Republic, 2 – Denmark, 2 – UAE, 1 – Switzerland, 2 – US citizens were injured, one of whom died, as well as an Irish citizen and a Russian citizen.
Only on March 26, during the filming of the evacuation from bombed and depleted Chernihiv, a car of the film crews of the “1 + 1” TV channel and the Turkish “TRT World” came under fire. Correspondent Andriy Tsaplienko, who has already witnessed many wars and combat actions due to his professional activity and now covering the brutal war in his native country, was wounded by shrapnel. An investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war by the Russian invaders has been launched.
Law enforcement officers also registered at least 7 cases of shelling, destruction or damage to TV towers and TV and radio companies.
Records of crimes against journalists are coordinated by the Institute of Mass Media. According to their monitoring, 148 illegal actions have been committed against journalists and media in Ukraine since the beginning of the large-scale invasion.