Journalist's Day in Ukraine that has been cmarked since 1994, was marred by the deaths of about three dozen media workers in 2022. Since the outbreak of the full-scale Russian invasion, 32 journalists have died in Ukraine, said Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko. This information is confirmed by the data of the Institute of Mass Media that has created an interactive infographic called "List of journalists killed". gives details about the media workers who gave their lives for the truth.
Journalists who died in Ukraine since February 24, 2022, while on a journalistic assignment
Eight journalists, both Ukrainian and foreign, have been killed iwhile on journalistic assignment in Ukraine since the start of the full-scale war.
Yevhen Sakun, 49, was a cameraman of one of Kyiv's TV channels — Live and became the first victim of the war among media workers. he died on March 1, 2022, as a result of a rocket attack on the Kyiv TV Tower by russians.
American documentary filmmaker and Time correspondent Brent Renaud died at the hands of the russian military at a checkpoint in Irpin on March 13. Renaud filmed people fleeing Kyiv for Poland for his project about the experience of refugees and migrants fleeing violence, war and climate change. Until 2015, he worked for the New York Times.
An Irish citizen and Fox News cameraman, Pierre Zakzewski, 39, was killed on March 14 during artillery shelling by russian troops in the village of Horenka in the Kyiv region. According to Fox News, Zakzewski was working on a report in the Kyiv region. He was an experienced military photographer who covered almost all international events, from Iraq to Syria.
The 24-year-old journalist was killed on March 14 along with Pierre Zakzewski during an artillery shelling by russian troops in the village of Horenka in the Kyiv region. She was a journalist and producer at Fox News. Kuvshinov actively volunteered, became interested in photography and worked as a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
The journalist died on March 23 in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv as a result of a missile strike by the russian federation. Oksana Baulina is a russian journalist for The Insider, who left russia for Poland under pressure. She previously worked at Time Out Moscow and was an activist for the Anti-Corruption Foundation.
Max Levin disappeared on March 13, and was found dead on April 1. According to the Prosecutor General's Office, he was killed by two shots fired by Russian servicemen. Levin was a photojournalist and military correspondent. He worked with many international agencies and Ukrainian outlets, namely: LB.ua, Reuters, BBC, Associated Press; was a co-author of a number of documentary projects. He was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage, Third Class, and a special badge of the Georgy Gongadze Prize — "for outstanding contribution to the development of Ukrainian photography, devotion to the profession, and courage".
Mantas Kvedaravičius was a Lithuanian journalist and documentary filmmaker. He was captured, tortured and shot by the russian military in Mariupol in April or May. There he filmed a documentary chronicle.
Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was a French journalist for BFMTV. He died on May 30 in the Luhansk region as a result of Russian shelling while filming a report on the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians from the war zone.
Journalists killed in Russian tortures and shelling
Since February 24, 2022, 11 journalists have died as a result of Russian tortures or shelling.
KNK Media journalist, who died on March 13 in the village of Romanivka, Kyiv region, as a result of shelling by the russian armed forces. He previously worked as a correspondent for dtp.kiev.ua.
A civilian Ukrainian journalist of the information weekly Around You died on February 26. Dealerbek was shot by russians in the suburbs of Kherson (Zelenivka village).
A cameraman for the Mariupol TV channel, the main director of Sigma-TV Viktor Dedov died on March 11 in Mariupol as a result of shelling by russians of the house that was hit by two mines.
Lilia Gumianova died on March 19 over the russian shelling of Mariupol. She was a journalism teacher and head of the art department of the Left Bank District House of Children's and Youth Creativity. Gumianova also coordinated the work of the school newspaper at the local creativity house.
Yevhen Bal, 78, was a journalist, writer, volunteer, and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. He died on April 2 over the tortures of the russian occupiers in Mariupol. On March 18, the man was illegally arrested by the russian military at his home — in the seaside Melekino near Mariupol, reported the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.
Roman Nezhyborets was a video engineer of the Chernihiv channel Dytynets. The occupiers killed him and his friend in April in the village of Yahidne near Chernihiv.
Zoreslav Zamoysky was an activist, freelance journalist on the Internet resources Information Portal and Hromada Pryirpinnia. His body with signs of violent death was found on April 13 in Bucha.
Radio Svoboda producer Vira Girich was killed in the russian shelling of Kyiv on April 28: A missile rocket hit her home.
Natalia Harakoz was a journalist, writer, member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine and the National Union of Writers of Ukraine, took an active part in the public life of Mariupol: She was a member of the Mariupol Society of Greeks, one of the initiators of establishin a literary museum in the library named after V. G. Korolenko, the head of the literary club Azovie, etc. Natalia died in Mariupol, blocked by the russians.
Oksana Gaidar (Ruda Pani)
Ukrainian journalist and blogger Oksana Gaidar (alias Ruda Pani, or Redhead Lady was killed during a russian artillery shelling of the village of Shevchenkove, Brovary district, Kyiv region, in mid-March. For a long time she lived with her husband and son in Moscow, but from the beginning of the war she decided to return to her mother in Ukraine.
Ihor Gudenko, 56, was a photographer, video blogger and activist from Kharkiv. His body was found on February 27 in Kharkiv after his disappearance. Doctors stated the biological death and that it was not violent.
Ukrainian journalists who died defending Ukraine
As a result of hostilities since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, 13 media workers have died fighting for Ukraine.
Serhiy Pushchenko died on March 2 in Vasylkiv together with his comrades from territorial defense forces, which he joined at the beginning of a full-scale war. Pushchenko was a graphic artist and painter, culturologist, journalist, volunteer and ATO veteran, member of the National Union of Journalists, Honored Artist of Ukraine, author of the project "Front Kobzar", winner of the Prize named Bohdan Khmelnytsky for best coverage of military issues in works of literature and art.
Viktor Dudar was a military journalist from the Lviv region. He voluntarily joined army to defend Ukraine and was lost on March 6 during fights with occupiers near Mykolaiv. According to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, in 2014-2015 Dudar volunteered to fight on the front line in Donbas, and later became a reservist and worked for the Express newspaper, where until recently he was engaged in investigative journalism and military coverage.
Pavlo Lee, 33, was an actor and host of TV channel "Dom". From the first days of the full-scale war he joined the ranks of territorial defense forces and died on March 6 near Irpin during the evacuation of people. Pavlo Lee played at the Kyiv theater Koleso, acted in films and commercials. He acted in such films as "The Gallery", "Shadows of Unforgotten Ancestors" (2013) and others. He gained wide popularity during his participation in the Ukrainian version of the show «Factory of Stars — 3».
Oleh Yakunin, editor-in-chief of the outlet Afisha Zaporizhzhya, died on March 18 while defending Ukraine from russian invaders. He also managed projects at Basalt Animal Health.
Channel 24 cameraman Yuriy Oliinyk died on March 23 in battles near Popasna, the Luhansk region. The channel's website reported that he had decided to defend Ukraine twice — in 2014 and during the large-scale russian invasion in 2022.
Serhiy Zaiikovskyi was a historian, publicist and translator. He was killed on March 24 in a battle with the russian occupiers near Kyiv during a counteroffensive. In 2016 he graduated from Kharkiv National University named after Karazin (Faculty of History). He specialized in the Department of History of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages. After studying he moved to Kyiv.
Denis Kotenko was an employee of the press service of the Ministry of Veterans. He died on March 24 in a battle with the russian occupiers near Kyiv. He, together with Zaiikovskyi, fought in the anti-tank platoon of the 1st Battalion of the All-Union Armed Forces of Ukraine "Azov".
Oleksandr Makhov was a journalist for the TV channels Ukraine, Ukraine 24, and "Dom". He died in battle near Izium, Kharkiv region, on May 4. Oleksandr was a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a veteran of the war in Donbas. Being a native of the Luhansk region, he went to the front voluntarily.
Yevhen Starynets died on April 30 in the battles for Popasna (Luhansk region). From 2017 to 2019, Eugene was the manager of the branch of the Cherkasy Regional Directorate of Susupilne Cherkasy. Prior to that, he worked as the Deputy Director of the Branch for Financial Affairs. He joined the Cherkasy Regional State Television and Radio Company in 2012. He was also a volunteer in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, joined the ranks of territorial defense forces.
Ukrainian journalist and lieutenant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Maksym Medynskyi died in early May in a combat zone in Kharkiv region. He volunteered for the front in 2014, and after February 24, 2022, he did it again. Maksym worked in the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure, and recently — in the Department of Communications of the Ministry of Energy.
A cameraman from the Lutsk TV channel Avers, photographer Kostiantin Kits, died on May 17 near Yakovlivka, Donetsk region, defending Ukraine from the russian occupiers.
Ternopil journalist and serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine died in battle on May 28 near Popasna, Luhansk region. Vitaliy Derekh was also an artist, scout, knight of the kurin (unit of Zaporizhzhya Cossack troop) Order of the Iron Spur, a cavalier of the Order of Courage, Third Class (2016). An active participant in the Revolution of Dignity in the 15th Maidan Self-Defense Hundred.
Roman Zhuk was a photographer and videographer from Mukachevo, Zakarpattia region. He died in the war with russia in late May 2022. Roman was also a volunteer, co-founder of the environmental movement Chysto.de, which cared about the Carpathian Sea — the reservoir of Tereble-Ritska HPP, and together with his wife had a microbrand Povna banka, where they made jam from Carpathian berries. He volunteered to defend Ukraine from Russian invaders in the first days of the war.