Crimes, Not Just Tragedies: Reporting War Against Ukraine

Nataliya Gumenyuk, Ukrainian journalist, on how to reunite truth with justice amidst war against Ukraine.

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The Center for European and Russian Studies, in co-sponsorship with the Burkle Center for International Relations, Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures and Department of Political Science, held a talk by prominent Ukrainian journalist, Nataliya Gumenyuk, entitled "Crimes, Not Just Tragedies: Reporting War Against Ukraine". The talk was followed by discussion with Professor Daniel Treisman, UCLA Department of Political Science, and Audience Q&A. Listen to the podcast below.

About the Talk

Since the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion, The Public Interest Journalism Lab co-founded The Reckoning Project, an initiative of Ukrainian and international reporters, lawyers, and analysts to document alleged war crimes in all the regions of Ukraine. Since then they have collected evidence of the shelling of civilians during evacuation, abduction and execution, electrocutions and torture, deliberate attacks on the hospitals and maternity wards, indiscriminate attacks on train stations and residential areas. Russia's strategy is to outdo their previous crimes with even bigger tragedies so that the previous wrongdoings are erased from people’s memories. How to document every story of every tragedy, family, street, and city in a way that nobody can deny it? How do we reunite truth with justice?

About the Speaker

Nataliya Gumenyuk is a Ukrainian journalist and author specializing in conflict reporting. She is the founder and CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Lab which promotes constructive discussion around complex social issues. After the full-scale Russian invasion, PIJL co-founded "The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies" which documents war crimes committed during the war. The Reckoning Project’s documentaries and articles have been published by TIME, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. In 2023 under Gumenyuk's leadership within the “Connecting The Continents” initiative, PIJL brought to Ukraine senior editors, public intellectuals and journalists from South America, Africa, and Asia. Nataliya is the author of several documentaries and books, including “The Lost Island: Tales From The Occupied Crimea” and “The Maidan Tahrir” - on the development after the Arab Spring, as well as co-author of the book “The Scariest Days of My Life. The dispatches of the Reckoning Project“. As a foreign news correspondent, she has reported from over 50 countries. Nataliya regularly writes for Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The New York Times. Gumenyuk was the co-founder and head of Independent Ukrainian Hromadske TV and Hromadske International and is currently a Board member. She is the recipient of the 2022 NED Democracy Award, 2022 Media Freedom Award, and 2023 Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Prize.


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