Vira Girich, the last journalist of the 22 reporters who have died in Ukraine during the Russian invasion

The fatal victim whose body was found this Friday among the rubble of the building residEssentially that yesterday was attacked with missiles by the Russian Army in kyiv She is a Ukrainian journalist. she worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Libertyfrom the United States, as reported by the Media Information Institute (IMI) on its website.

The journalist was Vira Hyrych, as confirmed to IMI by the chief editor of the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty, Inna Kuznetsova. “Vira’s body was found on April 29 while a house was collapsing in the Shevchenkivskyi district (kyiv). During the shelling, the rocket hit the journalist’s apartment,” Kuznetsova added.

With Hyrych, there are already 22 journalists who have died in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.

The Ukrainian Institute of Mass Communication (IMI, for its acronym in English) found that 21 journalists had died before the death of the Ukrainian informant was known.

Seven of the 21 journalists died directly while covering the Russian invasion while another 14 died in attacks that occurred when they were not on duty.

Kidnappings, injuries and attacks on communication towers

The Ukrainian body has also verified “eight cases of kidnapping of journalists by the Russian occupiers” in the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.

Nine journalists have been injured and 15 are missing

In addition, nine have been injured and 15 are missing since the war began.

Most of the missing reporters are in the city of Mariupol, besieged by Russian troops practically since the beginning of the invasion, and have received this status because the organization “cannot verify that they are in contact with their colleagues “. The whereabouts of another recently released reporter captured by Russian forces around kyiv are also unknown.

Furthermore, IMI has accused Russia to bomb at least 11 communication towers, intimidate journalists and block access to Ukrainian media in Russia. These actions, he denounces, have forced the closure of 106 regional media outlets by “the threats of the Russian occupiers or the seizures by force of newsrooms” that have caused the “impossibility of working under temporary occupation and printing newspapers”, according to Europa Press.


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