Russia’s war claims lives of 91 Ukrainian journalists, media workers

In a statement marking Ukraine’s Journalists’ Day on June 6, acting Culture Minister Rostyslav Karandieiev lamented that Ukraine is losing its people, among them journalists and media workers.

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has exacted a horrific human cost, with 91 media professionals among the thousands of Ukrainian civilians killed since the full-scale war began in February 2022, according to figures released by Kyiv’s Culture Ministry.

In a statement marking Ukraine’s Journalists’ Day on June 6, acting Culture Minister Rostyslav Karandieiev lamented that Ukraine is losing its people, among them journalists and media workers. He expressed gratitude to those risking their lives to document the war and push back against Russian disinformation.

Beyond the 91 confirmed deaths, another 30 Ukrainian media employees are being held captive by Russian forces, including journalist Viktoria Roshchyna who disappeared in August 2022 and is believed imprisoned in Russian-occupied areas. Scores more have taken up arms, joining Ukraine’s military after leaving their media roles behind.

Among the latest victims were Petro Tsurukin, a former TV host; Oleksandr Mashlay, previously editor-in-chief at Pravyi Postup outlet; Alla Pushkarchuk, who worked for outlets like Weekly and Chytomo; and Iryna Tsybukh, a media trainer turned volunteer combat medic killed in Kharkiv just days before her 26th birthday.

Since Russia’s invasion, journalists have repeatedly been targeted, with media outlets bombed and reporters captured, ensuring the flow of truthful information remains imperative yet perilous. Ukraine has accused Russian forces of deliberately attacking media infrastructure and killing reporters.

With the war’s end nowhere in sight, Ukraine’s media workers continue risking their lives to counter Moscow’s propaganda machine and provide a window into the horrors being visited on their nation by Russian aggression.