List of journalists murdered in Ukraine

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This is a List of journalists murdered in Ukraine

A list of journalists (listed chronologically since 1991) containing the names of the mass media workers who became victims of murders or died as a result of the terrorist attacks and military activities on the territory of Ukraine.

On 15 August 2017 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko assigned the scholarships for the children of journalists who died on duty, in order to support these children and provide them with the social protection they need. [1] In accordance with the presidential decree No. 217/2017, the scholarship will be assigned to a daughter of a captain-lieutenant and an editor of the TV services “Breeze” of the broadcasting agency of the Ministry of Defence (Ukraine) Dmytro Labutkin, - Kira; a daughter of a photojournalist of the Segodnya (Russian: Сегодня, IPA: [sʲɪˈvodʲnʲə] (About this soundlisten), lit. Today) newspaper Sergiy Nikolayev – Valeria; and a son of a journalist from the Vesti (Russian: Вести, "News") newspaper Vyacheslav Veremiy – Maksim.

List of murdered journalists[edit]


Myron Lyakhovich – editor of the newspaper “Life and Work” (Lviv), murdered either at the end of 1991 or at the beginning of 1992, according to different information sources.


Vadym Boyko – journalist of the “Gart” television company (Kiev), died on 14 February 1992 due to the explosion in his own house. The circumstances of this tragic incident are not clear until now. The prosecutor’s office stated that the reason of an explosion was a technical fault of the TV set, although the eye witnesses have reportedly seen that the doors of his apartment were set on fire, while the medical examination results established the fact that his death occurred before the fire started.


Svyatoslav Sosnovsky – editor of “Tavria” publishing house (Simferopol), died on 29 May 1993. He succumbed to the stab wounds inflicted near his own house.

Mykola Baklanov – staff writer of the newspaper “Izvestiya” (“News”, Kiev), died on 22 July 1993 due to the wounds received as a result of a mob attack.

Yury Osmanov – editor of the newspaper “Areket” (Simferopol), on 7 November 1993 was found dead on the streets of the city with the craniocerebral injury.

Andriy Lazebnyk – head of the press-centre of the Black Sea Fleet (Sevastopol), on 15 December 1993 shot dead at the doors of his own house.


Sergiy Shepelev – editor of the newspaper “Evening Vinnytsia” (Vinnytsia), died in January 1994 in fire in his own apartment. Independent experts claim that the journalist was found tied to his bed.


Anatoliy Taran – editor of the newspaper “Obolon” (Kiev), found dead in the wasteland in March 1995.

Volodymyr Ivanov – journalist of the newspaper “Glory of Sevastopol” (Sevastopol), did on 14 April 1995 as a result of an explosion, when the bomb placed in the trash bin went off.

Viktor Freilikh – freelance correspondent of the newspaper “Molody Bukovynets” (Chernivtsi), died from poisoning by an unknown substance on 24 May 1995, after he was being threatened due to his journalist activities.

Yuriy Djedjula – journalist of the newspapers “Kyiv Herald” and “Interesting Newspaper” (Kiev), murdered in August 1995.


Georgiy Ovcharenko – journalist of the UT-3 TV channel (“Black Square”), found dead in his neighbor’s apartment.

Ihor Kuzyk – executive editor of the newspaper “Army of Ukraine” (Lviv), found dead in the park on 29 January 1996, a few months later after his disappearance.

Ihor Hrushetsky – correspondent of the newspaper “Ukraine-Centre” (Cherkassy), found on the street with the head injury on 7 May 1996.

Oleksandr Motrenko – host of the “Saturday Express” programme on “Trans-M-Radio” (Simferopol), died on 22 June 1996 as a result of a head injury, when he was attacked by three men. One of them was wearing police uniform.

Anatoliy Tanadaychuk – correspondent of the newspaper “Panorama” (Vinnytsya). The journalist’s body with the traces of injections was found in August 1996.


Volodymyr Bekhter – senior editor of the State Broadcasting Company (Odessa), was beating to death by the police employees on 22 February 1997.

Petro Shevchenko – staff writer of the newspaper “Kievskie Vedomosti” (“Kiev News”) in Luhansk. On 13 March 1997 he was found hanged in the town of Zhulyany, after his disappearance. The reason for his murder could be series of reports on the conflict within the local branch of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Vitaliy Kotsyuk – correspondent of the newspaper “Day” (Kiev). On 4 July 1997 unidentified persons attacked the journalist on suburban train, beat and burnt him to death.

Volodymyr Katelnytsky – religious activist, journalist and head of the committee of protecting John Demjanjuk. On 8 July 1998 he was brutally murdered along with his mother in his own apartment.

Borys Derevianko – editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Evening Odessa” (Odessa), murdered on 11 August 1997.


Oleksiy Yefimenko – editor of the newspaper “Renaissance” (Saky), died after falling from the fourth floor.

Mykola Rakshanov – journalist of the newspaper “Facts” (Cherkassy), died in August 1998 after receiving a craniocerebral injury. Unlike the doctors, police investigators refused to consider this injury to be a cause of the violent action.

Albert Borisov – editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Miner’s News” (Krasnodon).


Vyacheslav Chornovil – journalist, dissident, politician, died on 25 March 1999 as a result of a car accident that is considered by many researchers to be a well-planned murder.

Ihor Bondar – director of the broadcasting company “AMT” (Odessa), shot dead on 16 May 1999 along with the judge Borys Vikhrovy.

Maryana Chorna – journalist of the TV channel “STB” (Kiev), found hanged on 24 June 1999.

Vasyl Chudyk – editor-in-chief of the radio station “Nezalezhnist” (“Independence”, Lviv), found dead on 18 July 1999 in his own house.

Vitaliy Maslovsky – Lviv based historian and writer who strongly criticized the members of Ukrainian insurgent movement of the XX century. Died as a result of falling from the stairs on 26 October 1999.


Vladislav Ryabchikov – correspondent of the newspaper “Krymskaya Pravda” (Simferopol), died on 27 April 2000 as a result of being hit by car. Editorial staff considers this road accident to be an intended murder.

Georgiy Gongadze – co-founder of the website “Ukrainska Pravda”, abducted and murdered on 16 September 2000 in Tarashchansky district of Kiev region.

Yuliy Mazur – editor-in-chief of the newspaper “South” (Odessa), was found dead on 30 November 2000 near the office of “Chornomorya” publishing house.

Volodymyr Palchikov – journalist of radio centre (Dnipro), murdered in 29 December 2000.

Volodymyr Smirnov – correspondent of the newspaper “Vremya” (“Time”, Mykolayiv), died on 29 December 2000, succumbing to wounds he received as a result of a mob attack in the street.


Oleg Bilous – editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine “XXI Century” (Luhansk), shot dead on 24 June 2001 near his own house.

Ihor Aleksandrov – director of the private broadcasting company TOR (Slovyansk), died on 7 July 2001 from the numerous injuries he received as a result of an attack carried out by the unidentified persons on 3 July, during the attack at the company’s office. The investigation started by Aleksandrov led to the long prison sentences of a few former policemen.

Oleksandr Kovalenko – editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Social Politics” (Kiev), on 8 February 2001 was found shot dead in the forest near the town of Zhytomyr. Yuriy Honchar – freelance correspondent of the newspaper “Facts and comments” (Kiev), murdered in his own apartment on 25 October 2001.


Yuriy Shevtsov – photojournalist of the newspaper “Krymskaya Pravda” (Simferopol), was found murdered on 3 August 2002 in the forest after being missed for several days.

Volodymyr Provorotsky – host of the regional broadcasting company in Sumy region, murdered on 15 September 2001 in his own apartment. Official version: domestic motives.

Oleksandr Panych – journalist of the media “Donetsk News” (Donetsk), murdered on 15 November 2002 by his friend who was acting under the influence of drugs.


Oleksiy Tereshchuk – deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Vinnychyna”, brutally beaten in December 2002, died on 10 January 2003.

Taras Protsyuk – Ukrainian journalist murdered in Iraq.

Volodymyr Yefremov – correspondent of the Institute of the mass media (Dnipro), on 15 July 2003 died in a car accident which was considered to be not a coincidence.

Volodymyr Karachentsev – deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Courier” (Melitopol), on 14 December 2003 presumably killed in his own house.


Yuriy Chechyk – director of radio station “Yuta” (Poltava), on 3 March 2004 died in a suspicious car accident.

Ishtvan Kasanek – cameraman of the TV channel “M-Studio” (Uzhhorod), died on 2 June 2004 under the strange circumstances.


Vadym Gudyk – independent journalist (Bila Tserkva, Kiev region). On 24 May 2006 was shot dead on the city main square.

Kyrylo Berezhny – editor of the newspaper “Orthodox View” (Union of the Orthodox Fellowships of Ukraine, Kiev), died on 8 September 2006.

Norik Shyrin – founder of Crimean-Tatar newspaper “The Voice of Youth” (Simferopol), died on 20 December 2006.


Viktor Valyaev – head of the department and photojournalist of a local newspaper (Novi Sanzhary Raion), died together with his wife on 24 September 2006 as a result of brutal beating during the mob attack of their house that occurred on the previous day, on 23 September.


Vasyl Klymentiev – editor of the newspaper “New Style” (Kharkiv), disappeared without trace on 11 March 2010 and was proclaimed dead.


Volodymyr Honcharenko – editor of the newspaper “Eco-Safety” (Dnipro), died on 4 September 2012 after being brutally beaten by several persons on 1 August.


Sergiy Starokozhko – former employee of the newspaper “Free Reporter” (Luhansk), shot dead on 20 November 2013.


Vyacheslav Veremiy – reporter of the newspaper “Vesti” (“News”, Kiev), beaten and shot dead on 19 February 2014.

Ihor Kostenko – journalist of the newspaper “Sportanalytic” (“Sports Analutics”, Kiev), Wikipedia editor, on 20 February 2014 was shot dead by the sniper during the Euromaidan protests.

Vasyl Sergienko – editor of the newspaper “Nadrossya” (Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi Raion, Cherkasy Oblast), abducted and murdered by the unidentified persons on 4 April 2014.

Dmytro Ivanov – journalist, music critic, died on 2 May 2014 during the fire in Odessa Trade Union building.

Andrea Rocchelli – died together with the interpreter Andrey Mironov on 24 May 2014 near the city of Slovyansk. According to the words of the French photo- Stringer (journalism) William Rogulion, who was wounded during this attack, an Italian journalist died in a shelling of the village of Andriivka Timeline of the war in Donbass (January–March 2018). The responsibility of Rocchelli's death is being investigated by the Italian authorities. An international rogatory to their Ukrainan counterpart was requested, however this action did not achieve any significant result. Nevertheless, further inquiries were carried out by the Italian prosecutor in collaboration with the investigative unit of Carabinieri, Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale (ROS). In July 2017 these inquiries led the Italian authorities to arrest Vitalii Markiv, an Italian citizen with Ukrainan nationality, who has been held in custody and is currently under trial. The Advisor to the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Ukraine), People's Deputy from the People's Front faction, Anton Gerashchenko said the detention in Italy of Markiv, a soldier of a battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine, on suspicion of murdering an Italian photojournalist might be another provocation by the Russian special services. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine expressed concern about the arrest of Vitaly Markiv. On July 4, 2017 Ukrainian activists organized a protest action against the detention Vitalii Markiv near the Embassy of Italy in Kiev.

Volodymyr Martsishevsky – journalist of the information bulletin “Kamenyari Info” (“Stonemasons Info”), defender of Hostynnyi Dvir in Kiev. On 11 June 2014 he was kidnapped from Maidan press-centre and brutally beaten. He succumbed to his wounds and died in the hospital on 15 June.

Igor Kornelyuk Killing of Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin – correspondent of Russian state-owned broadcasting company, died on 17 June 2014 from the injuries he received in a shelling of the village of Metalist (Luhansk region).

Anton Voloshin Killing of Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin – cameraman, worked together with I.Korneliuk, died instantly in shelling on 17 June 2014.

Sergei Dolgov – was a Ukrainian journalist who served as editor for the Vestnik Pryazovya and Khochu v SSSR in Mariupol, Ukraine before he went missing. Disappeared June 18, 2014. Media supporting the Russian government declared his disappearance a murder.

Anatoly Klyan – cameraman of Russian broadcasting company “Pervyi Kanal” (The First Channel”), on 29 June 2014 he succumbed to the wounds received during the shelling of a bus and died in the hospital in Donetsk region.

Andrey Stenin – photojournalist and correspondent of the information agency “Russia Today”. On 6 August 2014 he died on his way to the village of Dmytrivka od Shakhtarsk district (Donetsk region). His burnt body was found inside of a car, together with the bodies of Sergey Korenchenkov and Andrey Viachal, employees of the information unit of DNR (Donetsk People's Republic).

Oleh Zadoyanchuk – reporter of “Megapolis-Express”, news editor of the “News Channel”, “5 Channel” and TSN. Mobilized to military on 29 August 2014. Died on 4 September 2014, when Russian artillery used its BM-30 Smerch rocket-launching systems to destroy Ukrainian unit in the village of Dmytrivka of Novoaidar Raion, Luhansk Oblast.

Oleksandr Kuchinsky – editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Criminal Express”, author of the books “Chronicles of Donetsk banditry” (both written in Russian), murdered on 29 November 2014 together with his wife in his suburban residence in the town of Bogorodyne near Slovyansk.


Dmytro Labutkin – military correspondent, deputy editor of the broadcasting company “Breeze” (Ministry of Defense of Ukraine), captain-lieutenant. Died om 16 February 2015 during the Battle of Debaltseve, fulfilling his duties of a press-officer of the “C” sector of the anti-terrorist operation.

Serhiy Nikolayev – photojournalist of the newspaper “Segodnya” (“Today”, Kiev), died together with his fixer Mykola “Tanchik” Flerko (Ukrainian volunteer battalion (Ukrainian: Добровольчий український корпус; DUK)) during the shelling of the village of Pisky on 28 February 2015.

Olga Moroz – editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Netishynsky Herald” (Khmelnytskyi Oblast), was murdered on 15 March 2015 in her own house.

Serhiy Sukhobok – founder of the newspaper “Reflection”, co-founder of the online-media ProUA and “Obkom”, murdered in Rusanivski Gardens (Kiev) on 13 April 2015.

Oles Buzina – was a controversial Ukrainian journalist and writer known for his strong pro-Russian views. He was murdered on 16 April 2015, shot on the footpath not far from his flat in Kiev. In June Ukrainian authorities arrested three suspects believed to be behind the murder. Previously, he said on a Russian TV show that he was receiving constant death threats. A previously unknown Ukrainian nationalist group calling itself "Ukrainian Insurgent Army" was reported to claim responsibility for the murders of Buzina and other pro-Russian figures. However, Markian Lubkivskyi, an advisor at the Security Service of Ukraine, said that linguistic analysis of the telephone call indicated they were not native Ukrainian speakers, and head of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Vovk said the organization was fake.


Pavel Sheremet – Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian TV, radio and periodical media journalist, died on 20 July 2016 in Kiev as a result of a vehicle explosion.


Kateryna Handziuk – was a Ukrainian civil rights and anti-corruption activist campaigner and political advisor [2], who exposed corruption in her hometown of Kherson.[3] She was attacked with sulphuric acid on 31 July 2018, and died from her injuries on 4 November 2018. In 2012 she became a co-founder of citizen journalism Agency "MOST" and website The site has become a platform, illuminating issues of local politics, and later became the only region in the media, focused on the monitoring of public procurement and spending of public finances. The team of the Agency for Citizen Journalism "MOST" is engaged in anti-corruption and monitoring research in the Kherson region. After the announcement of her death, there was a spontaneous mourning in the Ukrainian capital, in which hundreds of demonstrators moved to the Ministry of Interior and demanded the complete investigation of the murder. [4][5]

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  1. ^ (in Ukrainian) Дітям журналістів, які загинули під час виконання службових обов'язків, призначено стипендії - Указ Президента
  2. ^ "Ukrainische Aktivistin stirbt nach Säureanschlag" [Ukrainian activist dies after acid attack]. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 5 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Ukrainian anti-corruption activist dies after acid attack". The Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Aktivistin stirbt nach Säureangriff" [Activist dies after acid attack] (in German). Tagesschau. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ Mendel, Iuliia (5 November 2018). "Kateryna Handziuk, Ukrainian Activist, Dies From Acid Attack". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2018.


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