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Journalists under serious threat in Ukraine.

Journalists under serious threat in Ukraine.

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17432

WAN-IFRA is appalled by the number of attacks on journalists in Ukraine during the period November 2013 - February 2014. Close to 140 attacks have been reported by the Association of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine (AIRPU).

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WAN-IFRA has joined an International Monitoring Mission in association with the International Federation of Journalists, European Federation of Journalists and International Media Support, to be conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, between February 19-20, 2014.

During this time, mission participants will meet with journalists seriously affected by events in Ukraine.

A full list of reported attacks on journalists, supplied to WAN-IFRA by the Association of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine (AIRPU), is listed below as well as in the attachment.


Report supplied to WAN-IFRA by the

Association of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine (AIRPU)

EuroMaidan: List of journalists killed and reportedly injured within the

period 23 November 2013 to 19 February 2014.

 

THOSE KILLED:

 

  1. During the night of 18 to 19 February, journalist Viacheslav Veremii was pulled out of a car and beaten by tutushki thugs in Velyka Zhytomirska St. in Kiev. They also shot him in the stomach. The journalist died from loss of blood to a deadly wound. A ‘tiutushska’ is an unofficial term for those who attend pro-government and/or pro-presidential events; typically they are of sportsmanlike or criminal appearance, armed with shields and clubs.

 

THOSE INJURED:

 

  1. On 23 November, in Zhitomir, a government-sponsored gang called the “titushki” beat up barbarously the 20 Minutes Daily editor-in-chief Vlad Puchych;
  2. On 24 November, a policeman kicked the Delo.UA news photographer Oleksii Furman, when he was taking pictures of the Maidan;
  3. On 24 November, near the Cabinet of Ministers Office, the Berkut special police squad officers grabbed the  TV 5 Channel cameraman Ivan Nakonechnyi, pushed him and broke his camera lighting fixture;
  4. The Ukrainian Weekly (Ukrainsky Tizhden) correspondent Stanislav Kozliuk suffered during the scuffle near the Cabinet of Ministers Office on 24 November; the Berkut special police squad officers kicked his knees;
  5. On 24 November, during the fight between the protesters and the Berkut police squad near the Cabinet Office in Kiev, the Sobytia Program (Ukraina Broadcasting Company) correspondent Kateryna Filippenko suffered a severe arm injury and chemical burns in her eyes;
  6. Viacheslav Filiushkin, a Ukraina Broadcasting Company cameraman suffered on 25 November during the fight between the protesters and the Berkut police squad at the European Square in Kiev; it was discovered he suffered a severe chest contusion;
  7. On 29 November, in Maryinski Park in Kiev, the Party of Regions supporters beat the Hromadske TV journalist Dmytro Gnap, and the titushki members snatched his equipment;
  8. On 29 November, in Maryinski Park in Kiev, the Party of Regions supporters beat the Hromadske TV journalist Yakov Liubchych, and the titushki members seized his equipment;
  9. On 24 November, during the fight between the police and protesters at the Maidan, the Berkut police squad officers clubbed the Reuters photographer Glib Garanich on the head;
  10. During the night between 29 and 30 November, the Berkut police squad officers beat the Polish journalist Tomasz Piechal; they punched and kicked him;
  11. On 30 November, in Institutska St. near Zhovtnevy Palace, the Berkut police squad officers hurled a stone on the back of the Kommentari Press Agency Dmytro Kachur;
  12. On 1 December, in Bankova St. in Kiev, the Berkut police squad officers clubbed the Poriad z Vamy (Beside You) News Agency cameraman and photographer Dmytro Prikhno on the head;
  13. On 1 December, in Bankova St. in Kiev, the Euronews and UBR TV Channel cameraman Roman Kupriyanov was hit on his arms by the Berkut police squad officers because he did not obey their order to stop filming; as a result the journalist was taken to hospital;
  14. On 1 December, in Bankova St. in Kiev, the Berkut police squad officers clubbed the Polish Journalist Pawel Pieniążek: at least ten times on his head;
  15. On 1 December, in Bankova St. in Kiev, the LIGA Business Information news photographer Oleksandr Perevoznyk was attacked by 8 Berkut police officers, they clubbed him on the head and damaged his video camera;
  16. On 1 December, in Bankova St., a stun (sound) grenade exploded at the feet of  Ukrainian Weekly (Ukrainsky Tizhden) journalist Valeriia Byrlakova; an ambulance was called; her legs were injured;
  17. The Ukrainska Pravda and Hromadske TV journalist Mustafa Naiem was beaten by the Berkut police squad officers on his head; he also suffered from a gas attack;
  18. During the filming in Bankova St, on 1 December, a stun (sound) grenade fell at the feet of the lb.ua journalist Maxym Levin; as a result, his leg was injured and his clothes and footwear were damaged. In addition, the explosion tore the battery pack off his camera;
  19. In the night of 30 November, after dispersion of the Kiev EuroMaidan protesters, the police beat the Danish journalist Johannes Vamberg Andersen and prevented him from filming.
  20. On 1 December, in Bankova St., the France Press News Agency cameraman Serhii Supynskyi sustained an injury to his legs;
  21. On 1 December The Insider News photographer Maxym Kudynets was attacked by the Berkut police squad officers who clubbed him on the legs and back, disregarding the fact that he had a camera and a Press badge on;
  22. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Associated Press journalist Serhii Chuzavkov was hospitalized with a head injury after a collision between the protesters and the police; a stone hit the journalist on the face;
  23. The Ukrainska Pravda journalist Dmytro Larin was attacked by the Berkut policemen during the assault in Bankova St on November 1; the policemen snatched his ID and attempted to push him off the fence where he was standing;
  24. The photographer Anatolii Stepanov was beaten by the Berkut police squad officers in Bankova St on December 1; they clubbed him on the head and broke his arm;
  25. The Capital newspaper photographer Ivan Chernichkin was wounded in his leg by a stun grenade in Bankova St. on December 1;
  26. The cameraman Oleksandr Zakletskyi was clubbed and kicked by the Berkut police squad officers in Bankova St. on December 1; the policemen tried to seize and smash his cameras;
  27. On 1 December, in Bankova St., the Segodnya newspaper photographer Anton Chernysh was clubbed by the Berkut police squad officers on his legs, hands and back; the policemen snatched and smashed his camera;
  28. On 1 December, in Bankova St., the Groshi TV Program (1+1 TV Channel) journalist Denys Danko was beaten by the Berkut police squad officers on his head, arms and legs;
  29. On 1 December, in Bankova St., the Zhitomir.info photographer Mykhailo Zagorskyi was attacked by the Berkut police squad officers; they knocked his ID out of his hands and clubbed him on the face; as a result he fainted and his cheekbone was slashed, he received trauma in his left kidney and a concussion;
  30. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Berkut police squad officers beat the 5-th TV Channel cameraman Ivan Nakonechnyi, they dragged him along the ground and tried to throw him over the fence;
  31. The Ukrainski Novini (Ukrainian News) Agency journalist Yevhen Holovatiuk fainted near the President Administration Building after a stun grenade had been thrown to his feet;
  32. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Berkut police squad officers beat the Comments.ua deputy editor-in-chief Oleh Khavruk, slashing the skin on hishead (afterwards it was stitched), they also clubbed him on the arms and back;
  33. The Censor.net (No-to-Censorship) deputy editor-in-chief Yurii Butusov was wounded in the head by a stone thrown by policemen on 1 December in Bankova St.;
  34. In Bankova St., on 1 December, the Berkut police squad officers beat the Lifenews (Moscow) cameraman Emin Kalantarov; his arm was injured and his camera was smashed;
  35. The Berkut police squad officers clubbed the UNIAN News Agency photographer Yevhen Maloletka in Bankova St. on December 1; they broke his hand, smashed his camera lens and trampled on his camera flash;
  36. The Uezdniye Novosti of Nizhin web paper editor Ihor Volosiankin was injured by a stone which hit him his neck on December 1 in Bankova St.; the editor was also overcome by tear gas;
  37. On 1 December, in Bankova St., the Aratta.Vikno v Ukrainu (Window of Ukraine) web-portal editor Valerii Kolosiuk was clubbed by the Berkut police squad officers; his camera was smashed and he received a large haematoma on his temple; his arms and legs were injured;
  38. The Novoross.info portal and the Tavricheskiye Novosti.Novorossia (news of Tauris) newspaper correspondent Serhii Yurchenko was brutally beaten up by the Berkut police squad officers on 1 December in Bankova St. They stoned him, clubbed him, and one of the Berkut policemen kicked him in the face with a steel-reinforced boot. His head was fractured, he sustained several bone fractures and bruises; his tablet was stolen or lost;
  39. On 1 December in Bankova St., the New York Times photographer Joseph Syvenki was wounded by a stun grenade and splinter was lodged in his face;
  40. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Berkut police squad officers clubbed the freelance photographer Serhii Poliezhaka onhis arms and camera, the camera lens was damaged;
  41. The Berkut police squad officers clubbed the EPA photographer Serhii Dolzhenkov during the events in Bankova St. on December 1;
  42. The journalist from Dnepropetrovsk, the Litsa newspaper founder Valerii Harahuts was brutally beaten and detained by the Berkut police squad officers in Bankova St. on December 1. Now he is being accused of participating in the attack on the governmental buildings in Bankova St.;
  43. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Censor.net journalist Ivan Marusenko was wounded in his leg by a grenade;
  44. On 1 December in Bankova St., the TSN news Program (1+1 TV Channel) cameraman Oleksii Osyka was hit in his head by a stone thrown from the Berkut police squad side;
  45. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Berkut police squad officers beat up the ITAR-TASS news photographer Zurab Javakhadze. They clubbed him on his legs, back and head and broke his camera lens;
  46. A stun grenade hit the head of the Pivnichny Vector of Chernigiv web-site editor-in-chief Oleksandr Zhogalka on 1 December in Bankova St.
  47. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Berkut police squad officers attacked the Segodnya newspaper photographer Serhii Nikolaiev and clubbed him on the arms and head.
  48. The Nashi Groshi (Our Money) TV Program (ZIK TV Channel) journalist Denys Bigus suffered was severely injured by the tear gas in Bankova St. in Kiev on December 1.
  49. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Moscow news photographer of the France Press International News Agency Vasyl Maksymov was wounded by fragments from a stun grenade, which injured his knee.
  50. Andrii Stenin, a RIA Novostiphotographer, was hit in his face by a brick during the events in Bankova St. on December 1.
  51. On 1 December in Bankova St., the Berkut police squad officers broke the camera of the Kommentari journalist Kiril Kniaziev and attempted to snatch his spare glovebox camera out of his hands.
  52. On 9 December in Lviv, unidentified persons detained the photographer and EuroMaidan activist Oleh Panas and accused him of participating in the civil unrest. Panas was photographing the events in Bankova St. on December 1 for Reuters.
  53. In the night of 25 December, in Borispol, several unidentified persons brutally beat up the journalist and EuroMaidan activist Tetiana Chornovol; she sustained brain concussion and numerous bruises; her nose was broken.
  54. On 12 January in Kharkiv, the 057.ua website journalist Oleksandr Nikulshyn, was hit in the stomach as was filming the All-Ukraine Maidan Forum.
  55. In the night of 11 January, during the scuffle near the Sviatoshino Court in Kiev, several Berkut police squad officers clubbed and kicked the Lb.ua journalist Maksym Levin. They clubbed him repeatedly on his legs; smashed his camera and broke his camera flash lamp.
  56. In the night of 11 January, during the scuffle near the Sviatoshino Court in Kiev, the Berkut police squad officers beat up the Censor.net journalist Oleksii Chernyshov. First, they clubbed him on his back and ear, then, after falling down, he was clubbed on his back and face.
  57. In the night of 11 January, during the scuffle near the Sviatoshino Court in Kiev, an unidentified person pushed the Poriad z Vamy (Beside You) News Agency journalist Olena Bilozerska in her back, resulting in her being airborne and injuring her back.
  58. On 11 January in Kharkiv, the Berkut police squad officers beat up the Ukrainian Prostir paper and Malva-TV web-channel correspondent Roman Cheremskyi and broke his video camera when he was filming a program about the AntiMaidan (gathering of the President members and supporters).
  59. On 19 January in Kiev, near Grushevsky St., the Novaya Gazeta (Russia) newspaper photographer Yevhen Feldman suffered from a stun grenade explosion; he received a cut and broken nose. 
  60. On 19 January, in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, a stun grenade injured the Vesti newspaper Kiev bureau correspondent Viacheslav Veremii. A splinter hit his left eye and injured his left arm. 
  61. On 19 January, during the events in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, the Uezdniye Novosti of Nizhin web paper editor Ihor Volosiankin, was injured by a stun grenade hitting his back and then hurt his leg.
  62. On 19 January, in a live television broadcast, a policeman shot the Spilno.tv stringer Anatolii Lazarenko in the arm with a stun gun.
  63. On 19 January, during the events in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, the Spilno.tv cameraman Janek Falkevich was injured: a fragment of a stun grenade hit and slashed his brow.
  64. The Golos Ukrainy (Voice of Ukraine) newspaper photographer Oleksandr Klymenko was wounded on 19 January in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, when a stun grenade exploded near his feet; as a result, he was injured in his cheek and leg; a piece of fabric from his jeans and three fragments of plastic were extracted from his leg.
  65. On 19 January, a policeman shot and hit the tablet of the Hromadske TV journalist Bohdan Kutiepov.
  66. On 19 January, in Grushevsky St., the Spilno.tv coordinator-streamer Halyna Sadomtseva suffered from a grenade; her face and legs were injured by fragments of the grenade. 
  67. On 19 January, in Grushevsky St., the Komentari news photographer Oleksandr Brams was injured: his right shoulder was dislocated and he suffered numerous wounds and bruises.
  68. On 19 January in Kiev, during the scuffles between the protesters and the police, a stun grenade wounded the Svoboda web paper and newspaper journalist Volodymyr Tyshchenko. A fragment of the grenade hit his leg.  On 20 January in the morning, he was hit by a plastic bullet.
  69. On 19 January, in Grushevsky St., the Berkut police squad officers shook the bus on which had numerous media professionals aboard.  They grabbed the a Channel 5 cameraman Denys Savchenko, seizing his Press badge and dragged him over to the prison truck. The cameraman’s leg was broken.
  70. On 19 January, in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, at the time of the scuffles between the protesters and the police, the freelance photographer Roman Pilipei was injured: a brick hurled from the protesters’ side hit his neck.
  71. An explosion of a stun grenade in Grushevsky St. on 19 January injured the Kritika magazine website editor Danylo Yevtukhov; a fragment hit his eyelid. Almost at the same time, a rubber bullet wounded his arm. 
  72. On 19 January in Grushevsky St., the 1+1 TV Channel cameraman and the Den newspaper freelance photographer Ivan Liubysh-Kirdei suffered injuries from a grenade which exploded at his feet: as a result he had some minor scratches on the leg, torn trousers and footwear and gas intoxication.
  73. On 19 January, a rubber bullet hit the eye of the ICTV cameraman Volodymyr Zinchenko who was reporting about the combat actions between the protesters and the police in Grushevsky St.
  74. On 19 January, the Ukrainian Youth News Agency journalist Pavlo Ivanov, was injured by bullets hitting his head, one of them his eye, on Grushevsky St. in Kiev.
  75. On 19 January in Kiev, in the course of reporting about the events in Grushevsky St., the Hromadske TV cameraman Vlad Bovtruk was wounded. Rubber bullets hit his leg and stomach.
  76. On 19 December, the news photographer Vitalii Tereshchenko fell down from the roof of a bus and was injured severely when the Berkut police, started to rock the bus with the journalists and cameramen atop.
  77. In Kiev, on 19 January, as a result of an explosion of a stun grenade, the 24 News channel cameraman Oleksandr Kovalevskyi was injured suffering from bleeding in his ear.
  78. On 19 January, during the scuffle in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, the Antikorrupsiyne (Anticorruption) Bureau newspaper photographer Oleksandr Senko suffered from a gas grenade thrown by the police.
  79. On 19 January, the Berkut police squad officers hurled from close range a stun grenade into the face of the Svet i Teni web paper and Svoboda newspaper photographer Ihor Demchenko. As a result, his left eyelid was badly injured and he risks the loss of sight in his eye.
  80. Liberty Radio (Radio Svoboda) journalist Ihor Iskhakov was injured after a stun grenade exploded during a scuffle between protesters and police in Grushevsky St., Kiev on 20 January. Later, he was beaten and detained by the police together with journalist Dmytro Barkar.
  81. On 20 January in Kiev, Titushki members beat LB.ua news photographer Maks Levin as he returned to his car the morning after the events of 19 January in Grushevsky St.
  82. On 20 January in Kiev, 1+1 TV Channel journalist Natalka Pisnia was wounded by police using a stun gun.
  83. On 20 January, the police detained Spilne Bachennia online TV cameraman Volodymyr Karaguiar accusing him of supplying gasoline for preparation of Molotov cocktails used by the protesters.
  84. On 20 January in Grushevsky St., a bullet fired from the police hit the camera of 5-th TV Channel cameraman Ivan Nakonechnyi, when he approached the barricades; the camera was destroyed.
  85. On 20 January in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, Spilno.tv cameraman and reporter Anton Berezhnyi suffered a bruised right shoulder and two broken fingers.
  86. On 20 January in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, Spilno.tv stringer Timur Ibrahimov received cuts from stun grenade fragments.
  87. On 20 January in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, Spilno.tv cameraman Timur Bedernichek suffered numerous burns on his legs.
  88. On 20 January in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, a fragment of a stun grenade injured the leg of journalist Bohdana Babych, Spilno.tv project co-founder.
  89. On 20 January in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, a splinter of a stun grenade wounded the leg of Oleksii Simakov, an STB TV Channel journalist.
  90. On 20 January, during the skirmishes between the protesters and the police in Grushevsky St., Ukrainian Weekly (Ukrainsky Tizhden) journalist Roman Malko was wounded in the eye by an unidentified projectile, presumably a rubber bullet.
  91. On 20 January, ICTV Channel Nadzvichayni Novini (Extraordinary News) program journalist Yuliia Kruk was intoxicated by tear gas as she was reporting the scuffles between protesters and police.
  92. On 20 January, in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, 5-th Channel cameraman Yurii Usyk recorded how a Berkut police officer shot at his camera lens.
  93. On 20 January, in Grushevsky St., REN TV Russian TV channel correspondent Stanislav Gryhoriev was injured after a stun grenade exploded. He is currently in hospital with an open fracture to his leg.
  94. On 20 January, the police fired a rubber bullet in the head of Prikhovana Pravda (Hidden Truth) web TV channel cameraman Oleh Veremeienko.
  95. On 21 January, Espresso TV web channel cameraman Dmytro Dvoichenkov, who was reporting online from Grushevsky St., was grabbed by policemen and dragged over to a prison truck. Policemen not wearing uniform later visited him at home.
  96. On 21 January, when the Espresso TV team were reporting on events in Grushevsky St., Berkut policeman shot aiming at the Espresso TV cameraman Oleksii Novytskyi and journalist Illia Berezenko; luckily, the bullet missed the target.
  97. On 21 January in Donetsk, alongside the EuroMaidan activists, where the Party of Regions gathered their supporters, the President of the Donetsk Region Armenian Community Gagik Agavelian attacked the Gazeta-po-Ukrainsky newspaper correspondent Tetiana Zarovna. Agavelian tried to knock the camera out of the hands of the journalist, stepped on her legs and pushed the woman.
  98. On 22 January, the Vesti newspaper special correspondent, Odessa resident Oleksandr Sybirtsev, was injured by a stun grenade in Grushevsky St. in Kiev.
  99. On 22 January, the Byelorussian news photographer Vasyl Fedosenko, who was working in Kiev for the Reuters News Agency, was injured by a rubber bullet.
  100. On 22 January, police snipers aimed at the head of Associated Press journalist Yefrem Lukatskyi.
  101. On 22 January, police snipers hit Associated Press journalist Dmytro Vlasov three times the in the groin.
  102. On 22 January in Donetsk, during the EuroMaidan demonstration between supporters and opponents, unidentified youths inflicted several blows on the head and on the torso of the Donbass TV Channel cameraman Ihor Monastyriov; they also tried to snatch his TV camera.
  103. On 22 January, a rubber bullet hit the camera of 20 Minutes Daily web paper journalist Vitalii Derekh, who was reporting about the events in Grushevsky St.
  104. On 22 January, in Grushevsky St. in Kiev, freelance photographer Maksym Dondiuk was injured after a stun grenade exploded.
  105. On 22 January, in Grushevsky St., BABYLON'13 Documentary Project cameraman Yurii Gruzynov was shot three times.
  106. On 22 January, at the time of combat actions, Berkut policemen detained and beat Marian Gavryliv, a news photographer from Lviv. Later, the Obolon Court verdict remanded him in custody for two months.
  107. During the night of 22 January, while filming in Grushevsky St., Media Port web paper photographer Mstyslav Chernov was was hit and wounded by a grenade.
  108. On 23 January, in Kiev, Berkut police squad officers clubbed and detained Lenta.doc project director Andrii Kiseliov, who had been sent by the Lenta.ru editorial board to report on the civil unrest in the Ukrainian capital.
  109. During the night of 23 January, while reporting on events near Cherkassy Region Administration, unidentified non-uniformed personnel detained and brutally beat Cherkassy 0472.ua website manager and cameraman Oleh Ohilko. He suffered kidney injuries, brain swelling, as well as bruises and traces of blows all over his body.
  110. On 24 January in Kiev, internal troopers beat Golos Svobody (Voice of Freedom) journalist Myroslav Mysa, grabbed his phone and threatened to beat all mass media correspondents who would approach to take pictures of them.  
  111. On 25 January, in Kharkiv, during an attack of titushki members on the EuroMaidan activists, unidentified assailants smashed the camera of 1+1 TV channel photographer Serhii Alekseiev.
  112. On 25 January, in Mykolaiv, members of the Party of Regions meeting attacked the NikVesti web paper journalist Oleh Dereniuha when he was filming a fight between participants.
  113. On 25 January, in Mykolaiv, Party of Regions supporters blocked the NikLife web paper correspondent Yevhen Homoniuk on his way to the Regional Administration Building. He was surrounded by several people who used force, threatened and insulted him.
  114. On 25 January, in Cherkassy, a Berkut squad officer snatched the camera of Pro Vse web paper photographer Marianna Nemchenko as she filmed the detention of a group of young people, and forced her to delete all photos and video material, threatening her that he would destroy her equipment if she did not do so.
  115. On 26 January, at the time of dispersion of a meeting in Zaporizhia of titushki members, Zaporizhia Regional Broadcasting Company officer Yevhen Udovychenko was beaten (they grabbed his camera and documents). Thereafter, he was also beaten and detained by the police. On 28 January, the court ruled to keep him under house arrest for two months.
  116. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, at the time of collision between protesters and titushki members, ICTV channel camera crew was stoned by the titushki. Cameraman Denys Synehin suffered neck wounds, his camera was smashed, and his head was injured.
  117. On 26 January, in Kharkiv, at the time of dispersion of the EuroMaidan meeting, titushki members damaged the camera of ATN TV channel cameraman Andrii Radych and threw him to the ground.
  118. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, at the time of turmoil near the Regional Administration Building, a Titushka member smashed, from behind a fence with a stick, the camera of 11-TV Channel cameraman Serhii Honchar.
  119. On 26 January, at the time of dispersion of a meeting in Zaporizhia by the titushki members, the Zaporizhia Regional Broadcasting Company officer Yevhen Udovychenko was beaten (they grabbed his camera and documents). Thereafter, he was also beaten and detained by the police. On 28 January, the court ruled to keep him under house arrest for two months. 
  120. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, at the time of collision between the protesters and the titushki members, the ICTV channel camera crew was stoned by the titushki. The TV channel cameraman Denys Synehin was wounded in his neck, his camera was smashed, and his head was injured.
  121. On 26 January, in Zaporizhia, the All Authority website journalist Dmytro Smolienko was beaten by the policemen and the titushki members when they were dispersing the Maidan. As a result, his head and arms were injured and his equipment destroyed.
  122. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, a Channel 34 journalist was injured. The cameraman Serhii Kochet hit in the head with a stone an shot in the back with a stun gun whilst filming the protests near the Regional Administration Building.
  123. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, the Channel 34 journalist Danylo Pietierimov sustained a fractured arm, whilst filming the protests near the Regional Administration Building.
  124. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, the Channel 34 journalist Nataliia Svietlova was clubbed and injured whilst filming the protests near the Regional Administration Building.
  125. On 26 January, while dispersing the EuroMaidan protesters in Cherkassy, the Berkut police squad officers clubbed and detained the Belsat Polish Public TV journalist Serhii Marchuk; doctorsput 11 stitches on his head.  They also deprived him of his equipment.
  126. On 26 January, while dispersing the EuroMaidan protesters in Cherkassy, the Berkut police squad officers clubbe and detained the Belsat Polish Public TV journalist Yurii Vysotskyi, depriving him of his equipment.
  127. On 26 January, in Kirovograd, policemen clubbed on the kidneys and pushed, out of the Kirovograd Region Administration Building, the member of the National Journalist Leage of Ukraine Volodymyr Gryshko.
  128. On 26 January, in Zaporizhia, the Mria newspaper editor-in-chief Yurii Hudymenko sustained a blow. An unidentified person clubbed him on his arm and broke his finger.
  129. Serhii Yefimov, a Vikka Broadcasting Companycameraman was attacked by the police on 26 January at the time dispersion of the Cherkassy EuroMaidan protesters. His camera was smashed after he helped the Inter TV channel journalist Stanislav Kukharchuk who had been clubbed by the Berkut police. A Berkut policeman threatened the cameraman by using force.
  130. At the time of dispersion of the EuroMaidan protesters in Zaporizhia on 26 January by the police, the Zaporizhia Regional Broadcasting Company director Mykyta Shliakhtunov, who was filming for the local news websites, was beaten. The journalist sustained a brain concussion and numerous bruises all over his body. 
  131. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, near the Regional Administration Building, in the presence of police, unknown assailants smashed the laptop of the Vesti newspaper journalist Yaroslav Markin.
  132. On 26 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, inside the Regional Administration Building, the Titushki members threatened the Uriadovy (Governmental) Courier newspaper journalist Natalia Bielovytska and forced her to give up her memory stick.
  133. At the time of dispersion of the EuroMaidan protesters in Zaporizhia on 26 January by the police, the Zaporizhia Regional Broadcasting Company director Mykyta Shliakhtunov, who was filming the scene for the local news websites, was beaten. The journalist sustained a brain concussion and numerous bruises all over his body. 
  134. In the night of 27 January, in Cherkassy, the Inter TV channel staff journalist Stanislav Kukharchuk sustained an injury when the police were dispersing the protesters, who had assaulted the Regional Administration Building. The journalist presented his Press Certificate, but a Berkut policeman clubbed him to the ground and several policemen then continued to club him whilest he was on the ground.
  135. On 28 January, in Simferopol, the Titushki members, being watched by police, attacked the Journalist Investigation Centre journalist Serhii Mokrushyn and smashed his camera.
  136. On 28 January, in Dniprodzerzhinsk, with the temperature 10 degrees below zero, an Emergency Response officer flushedthe Sobytie local newspaper editor-in-chief Mykhailo Baltaks with water, who was filming how the local authorities were preparing for the protesters’ attack on the City Hall of Dniprodzerzhinsk. 
  137. On 29 January, in Maryinsky Park in Kiev, the Party of Regions supporters grabbed the Parliamentary accreditation card from the Hromadske TV journalist Bohdan Kutiepov and deprived him of his iPad which he used for filming the events.
  138. On 30 January, in Dnipropetrovsk, at the site of the AntiMaidan (the meeting of the EuroMaidan opponents), a Titushka member smashed the camera of the Novy (New) Channel TV cameraman Yurii Khrystian.
  139. In the night of 1 February, plain clothes policemen kidnapped the Russian journalist Nikita Perfiliev and his colleague Anton Zakharov and beat them, damaging their teeth.
  140. On 18 February, in Kiev, during confrontation between protesters and policemen in Shovkovichna St., Reuters News Agency photographer Hlib Haranych was injured. A stun grenade hit him in the chest, tearing off his clothes.
  141. On 18 February, in Lipska St. in Kiev, near the Party of Regions Central Office, guards beat up news photographer Maksym Trebukhov (Perepelytsia). Six attackers beat him on the face and head. The photographer’s nose was also broken.
  142. On 18 February, in Lipska St. in Kiev, unidentified youths attacked 5-th TV Channel journalist Yevheniia Tahanovych and cameraman Leonid Taranenko. The youngsters smashed a 5-th TV Channel camera. The cameraman’s finger is presumably broken.
  143. On 18 February, in Lavrska St. in Kiev, the police attacked Golos Stolytsi (Voice of the Capital) Radio news photographer Yevhen Kotenko. Having noticed his camera, the policemen attacked him, twisted his arms, grabbed his camera and ID, and threatened his life. They checked the camera and released the journalist.
  144. On 18 February, in Kiev, unidentified youths beat UNN photographer Oleksandr Kozachenko and smashed his camera. The incident occurred as the photographer, together with Maxim Trebukhov, both of who were clearly identified as ‘Press’ filmed the fire - and efforts to extinguish it - at the Party of Regions Office.
  145. On 18 February, in Kriposny Lane in Kiev, Berkut special police squad officers clubbed 5-th TV Channel journalist Azad Safarov. His equipment was damaged and his microphone destroyed. He received numerous bruises to his torso and head. Safarov can no longer move his arm.
  146. On 18 February, in Kriposny Lane in Kiev, Berkut special police squad officers beat 5-th TV Channel camera crew, in particular 5-th TV Channel cameraman Serhii Klymenko. The police sprayed gas into the cameraman’s face and beat him up.
  147. On 18 February, in Kiev, near the Army Officers’ Club, unidentified assailants attacked Hromadske TV journalist Anatolii Morozov and broke his jaw. At the time of the attack, he was reporting for a Hromadske TV live program and was clearly identifiable as a journalist wearing a badge and a Press jacket.
  148. On 18 February, in Lipska St. in Kiev, near the Party of Regions Central Office, the building’s guards beat PHL Agency news photographer Andrii Huzenko, smashing one of his cameras and a lens. They also injured his arm and leg.
  149. On 18 February, near Maryinsky Park in Kiev, titushki thugs attacked 1+1 TV Channel TSN News Program journalist Alla Khotsianivska. The journalist was working there together with cameraman Artem Bagrov. The titushkis demanded his camera. When the camera crew refused to hand it over, the titushki pulled the journalist by her coat over to a fence, hit her on the back and left.
  150. On 18 February, near Maryinsky Park in Kiev, titushki thugs attacked 1+1 TV Channel TSN News Program cameraman Artem Bahrov who was working together with journalist Alla Khotsianivska. Demanding his camera, the cameraman was surrounded by several titushkis armed with clubs. Having snatched his camera, they started to beat him and he suffered numerous injuries; his camera was smashed to pieces.
  151. On 18 February, in Kiev, freelance photographer Olena Maksymenko was wounded in the leg by fragments from a stun grenade. “This happened in Shovkovichna St. about 11:00 a.m. when I was filming the skirmish; stun grenade exploded near me and its fragments inflicted on me five wounds,” she said.
  152. On 18 February, in Kiev, Berkut police deprived photographer Ivan Liubysh-Kirdei of his memory card containing video filmed by him. The man is a 1+1 TV channel cameraman and a Den newspaper freelance photographer.
  153. On 18 February, in Institutska St. in Kiev, Berkut special police squad officers beat up INSIDER web paper Economics editor Serhii Holovniov. The Berkut policemen clubbed him on the head and kicked him, knocking a camera out of his hands and crushing it.
  154. On 18 February, Glavcom correspondent Oleksii Byk was hit by a rubber bullet in his forehead.
  155. On 18 February, Dilova Stolytsia journal political editor Yarema Horodchuk was beaten by unidentified policemen in Institutska St in Kiev. His head was bleeding; his left arm badly injured.
  156. On 18 February, Berkut special police squad officers clubbed Commersant newspaper photographer Kyrylo Chubotin and smashed his camera as they were “clearing up” Institutska St.
  157. On 18 February, Berkut special police squad officers clubbed Vesti newspaper photographer Volodymyr Borodin, grabbing his camera, documents and a cell phone. At that time, he was wearing a helmet with a Press inscription, a large red Press badge on his heck, and carrying journalist ID.
  158. On 18 February, a police trooper punched Insider web paper news photographer Maksym Kudymets and forced him to give up his photos.
  159. On 18 February, Ukraina TV channel cameraman Ihor Lypynskyi was shot with a rubber bullet.
  160. On 18 February, Berkut special police squad officers clubbed Chernigiv-Info journalist Marianna Hardy; several policemen snatched her PRESS helmet and started to club her head.
  161. On 18 February, the Berkut special police squad officers clubbed Uezdniye Novosti newspaper editor Ihor Volosiankin despite the fact that he was wearing a PRESS helmet.
  162. On 18 February, a bullet went through the leg of journalist Oleksandr Ratushniak. He was wearing a Press jacket.
  163. On 18 February, Hromadske TV freelance reporter Mykyta Didenko was wounded by a stun grenade.
  164. On 18 February, Business TV channel journalist Oleksii Kondakov was injured when a stun grenade exploded at his feet.
  165. During the night of 18 to 19 February, titushki thugs beat up Ukrainian Tyzhden weekly journalist Oleksander Mikhelson and stole his cell-phone. This happened at Velyka Zhytomirska St. and Volodimirska St. crossroads where a mob of about one hundred titushkis had gathered.
  166. During the day of 18 February in Maryinsky Park, Kiev, titushki thugs beat up From-UA news photographer Viktor Hatsenko. They slashed his lip and injured his neck. They also snatched his Journalist ID and stole a memory card out of his camera, which was the property of the news agency.
  167. On 18 February, in Kiev, policemen started shooting at LB.ua correspondent Oleh Dyshko, who was walking along Khreschatik St. from Europeyska St. Luckily, the journalist was not hurt. He says that there was nobody in the street besides him.

 


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