Olena Genes, a CNN reporter based in Kyiv, made a poignant emotional appeal for world intervention to stop the Ukraine “genocide” on Fox News’s Neil Cavuto program. She spoke from a bomb shelter in the city and called for world intervention to stop what she calls “genocide.” In the video, Genes asks, “Who is watching the cameras and who are you calling for?”
Yingst’s Twitter feed is a mix of on-the-ground updates and footage from his Fox TV packages
The attack on Ukraine by Russian forces was so devastating that journalists had a tough time covering the event. One CNN reporter stumbled upon an airport that was under attack. The invasion had been a looming threat for months, but little solid information came from the attackers themselves. Instead, many relied on sporadic audio of bombs exploding in the distance and details from Americans and Ukrainians. Fortunately, a CNN reporter had a tip and rushed to a small airport 20 miles from the capital city of Kyiv.
Yingst’s Twitter feed, which includes on-the-ground updates and footage from Fox TV packages, has been particularly effective. His reports on the situation in Ukraine are often controversial, and his recent tweets have raised a series of questions about his credibility. He recently asked his viewers whether he believed the events he saw constituted war crimes, and they replied “quite possibly.”
Zakrzewski was based in London
Irish citizen Pierre Zakrzewski was based out of London for Fox News Ukraine. He had been reporting in the country since February. He was working as a freelance journalist and helped his colleague Lucas Tomlinson gather stories and interview sources. Previously, he had covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded an internal “unsung hero” award by his colleagues.
Although based in London, Zakrzewski reported from the country since February and took on a variety of roles. He had worked as a photographer, camera operator, editor, producer, and videographer. He was married and had a child. Many journalists have paid tribute to Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s director-general, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki have paid tribute to the two journalists.
Kuvshynova was based in Kiev
Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova was a Ukrainian news producer who passed away in the city on March 14. Her death came just days after her Fox News colleagues were attacked while reporting on the Euromaidan revolution. Kuvshynova was a sensitive, funny and talented young woman who loved poetry, photography, film and electronic music. She also adored her family and friends.
While many have condemned the attack, others are calling it an act of war. The upcoming presidential election in Ukraine is likely to fuel further violence in the country. Despite the fact that there was no direct link between journalists and the current conflict in Ukraine, the deaths are still tragic. CNN is investigating the killings and the attack on the two journalists. The international community has also condemned the killings of media workers in the country.
CNN reporter Matthew Chance narrowly escaped a firefight
A CNN reporter was just 15 feet from a grenade when he was reporting on the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. The incident took place outside Kyiv on Feb. 28. As Chance and his crew were walking toward the scene of the firefight, the team heard explosions, but they were able to avoid being hit by the grenade. They waited for the Ukrainian military to clear their vehicles and then Chance asked a military official to allow them to take a live shot. Once the official agreed, Chance was able to get the shot. Fortunately, there were no casualties, but CNN’s footage was still widely watched and received praise from viewers.
After a long and perilous reporting trip in Ukraine, Chance has returned home to the United Kingdom. He covered several events in the country, including the 2004 Beslan school siege. A few years earlier, in 2002, he covered the Moscow theatre hostage crisis, in which eighty people were held hostage by Chechen rebels. He also documented the use of tear gas by Russian special forces to subdue the hostage takers.
Putin’s announcement of a special operation in Ukraine
President Putin has ordered a special operation to protect the people of Donbas from Ukrainian government provocations. While the details of the operation are still unknown, his language suggests regime change in Kyiv. He also warned against foreign interference and called for denazification of Ukraine. Although his words were cryptic, the message was clear: Russia is committed to liberating its people from the Ukrainian regime’s genocide.
President Putin’s announcement of a special operation has sparked widespread concern among international community members. The government of the “peoples’ republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk has requested military assistance from the Russian Federation. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian authorities have declared a state of emergency, announced defence and security measures, and mobilized reservists. The UN human rights office has issued a statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine and said France will support an initiative to table a resolution in the Council condemning the Russian Federation for launching this war.
Russian media coverage of the war in Ukraine
Russian state-run television has been pushing an alternate narrative about the war in Ukraine, selectively presenting footage that bolsters its version of events. Such scattershot narratives overwhelm viewers and sow doubts. They are counterproductive. Russian media coverage of the war in Ukraine has been far too sympathetic to the Kremlin, and should be viewed with skepticism. Here are three reasons why.
First, the Kremlin is concerned that its propaganda efforts will damage its image abroad. In order to protect Russia’s “special military operation” image in Ukraine, the Kremlin has tightened its grip on the country’s news media. The images of civilian casualties in Ukraine threaten to derail the official fiction. In Russian television news shows, Russian troops are met as occupiers, not liberators.