32 media workers died in 103 days of Russian invasion of Ukraine

32 media workers died in 103 days of Russian invasion of Ukraine

At least 32 members of the media died in the first 103 days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to reports.

Among the deaths were eight civilian journalists killed while carrying out their duties, according to Pravda, according to information from the Georgy Gongadze Prize and the Institute of Mass Media IMI, a Ukrainian non-profit organization.

Another 24 media workers were killed by shelling, torture or while serving in Ukraine's Armed Forces.

Yevhenii Sakun, a 49-year-old correspondent and camera operator for Ukrainian channel Live TV, became the first press fatality of the war when a Russian artillery attack in early March on Ukrainian capital Kyiv resulted in his death.

Two weeks later, on March 13, Russian forces shot American journalist and documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud in the head while he was covering the war in the city of Irpin, Ukraine. The 50-year-old is believed to be the first foreign journalist killed in the conflict.

The deaths of 55-year-old Irish photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski and 24-year-old Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova resulted from Russian fire in the village of Horenka the next day.

In a similar incident, Russian shelling in Kyiv's Podilskyi district killed Russian journalist Oksana Baulina. The 42-year-old was filming the site of a Russian rocket strike on a shopping mall at the time of her death.

On May 30 Russian shelling also caused the death of 32-year-old French journalist Fr d ric Leclerc-Imhoff in the Ukrainian province of Luhansk.

The two other media workers who died while covering the conflict were Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravi ius and Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin.

Kvedaravi ius, 47, was killed in Russian captivity in the now-occupied city of Mariupol in April or May, the IMI said.

On April 1, Levin was found dead in a Ukrainian village. The 40-year-old was allegedly shot twice by Russian soldiers while he was wearing a press jacket.

Oleksiy Chernyshov, another Ukrainian journalist who went missing with Levin, hasn't been found.

The IMI identified Oleksandr Lytkin, Dealerbek Shakirov, Viktor Diedov, Lilia Humyanova, Yevhen Bal, Roman Nezhyborets, Zoreslav Zamoysky, Vira Hyrych, Natalia Kharakoz, Oksana Gaidar and Ihor Hudenko as media workers who died due to Russian shelling or torture.

Serhiy Pushchenko, Viktor Dudar, Pavlo Li, Oleh Yakunin, Yuriy Oliynyk, Serhiy Zaikovsky, Denis Kotenko, Oleksandr Makhov, Yevhen Starynets, Maksym Medynskyi, Vitaliy Derekh and Roman Zhuk all died while fighting Russian forces, according to the organization.