Ukrainian Journalists Navigate the Fog of War

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Ukrainian policeman speaks to a journalist on Grushevskogo Street on January 27, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Rob Stothard/Getty)

Today, Germany's foreign minister is in Kiev—Frank Walter Steinmeier is trying to push a diplomatic solution for the crisis in Ukraine, urging all Ukrainians to vote in presidential elections later this month. Steinmeier is also calling for dialogue with the pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine who voted in a referendum to secede over the weekend.

The prospect of Ukrainians having to choose between Germany and Russia in 2014—two countries that caused so much slaughter and misery for Ukraine in the last century—is just one of the historical complications facing journalists covering this crisis. For Ukrainian journalists in the middle of it all, political pressure and violence plague their quest to tell the stories of the Ukrainian people, and the future of the nation.

Ruslan Deynychenko and Yevhen Fedchenko are with the Kyiv Mohyla School of Journalism. They weigh in on the challenges facing members of the Ukrainian media. 


Ruslan Deynychenko and Yevhen Fedchenko

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Monica Flint from Newtown PA, USA

Thank you for this thoughtful interview.
I regret that mainly the mainstream media quote Putin's words too readily, thus giving him unjustifiable credence.

May. 14 2014 01:59 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

In the movie "Lifeboat" the Nazi had the compass and navigated "the Allies" through "the fog of war."

I'm not sure what my point is yet. If someone would like to speculate, I'd appreciate it.

May. 13 2014 02:47 PM

I really needed some optimism on the events in Ukraine. This great interview game just a little bit of it. Ukraine's history is full of tragedy, bad decision by a leader, and bad luck. We've all had enough and really want to just live a relatively normal life. Thank you for some great coverage on this conflict, as usual.

May. 13 2014 12:43 PM

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