The Russian attack on Ukraine, which is in its third week now, has the entire world on the edge of its seat. Thanks to numerous brave reporters and photojournalists, we have a minute by minute update of how the situation is unfolding. Covering conflicts is a risky job since there is no surety about the situation. The scene can, in a matter of seconds, become grim.
The same is true for the Russia Ukraine war, which has led to many casualties on both sides and also the death of two journalists— Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova of Fox News. The two were killed when their vehicle came under attack on March 15. Even as the situation is becoming increasingly grim and distressing, there are fearless female journalists covering the war from Ukraine.
Here’s a list of five fearless female journalists covering Ukraine during the Russian attack:
Clarissa Ward is CNN’s chief international correspondent who has previously covered stories like the Afghanistan War, Capture of Saddam Hussein, Israeli-Lebanese war for multiple reputed news networks. Ward initially covered Russia’s first moves of warfare from Kharkiv. After relocating to Kyiv, she focused on advancing of the Russian troops, flight of Ukrainian refugees and has been the first among journalists to report on the humanitarian situation of the war. She had even interrupted her telecast recently to help Ukrainian refugees.
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Lynsey Addario had always focused on photographing conflicts, the human rights aspects of the conflict and the women’s role in such situations. Addario had initially covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, the Republic of the Congo, and Haiti. The Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist of The New York Times recently captured the aftermath of a mortar attack by Russian troops on fleeing Ukrainian civilians. The journalist, during an interview with People, said that she was expecting to cover an exodus and not the horrific sight of a family laying dead after a mortar attack. The photo, once published, went viral and became symbolic of the war’s gruesome toll.
Williams began her career by covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and later went on to cover the wars in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and Gaza. She has also received an award for her coverage of the terrorist organization ISIS. The Australian journalist, who is a correspondent for CBS News, covered the Eastern Ukraine region during the war, that too in the company of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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The American journalist has previously covered the 2009 Detroit attempted terror attack, Saddam Hussein’s trial and the 2011 London Riots. She is currently working as a correspondent for NBC News and has been reporting on the Russo-Ukraine war. She has been reporting updates on the war and how it has affected the civilians of Ukraine, and their attempts to defend their country.
Sarah Rainsford is a BBC Correspondent for Eastern Europe. The journalist has reported from Cuba, Iraq, Turkey Spain and Russia until she was expelled from the country. Since her expulsion, she was stationed in the Ukrainian city Dinpro and is currently reporting on the Russo-Ukraine war. In her latest tweet, she spoke about the attack on a station in Zaporizhzhia and her escape from the Russian strike.