YEREVAN, Armenia — The United Nations’ cultural company stated on Thursday that it was sending physique armor and helmets to Ukraine to assist shield Ukrainian journalists, a lot of whom have gone from overlaying native information to immediately changing into warfare correspondents.
Not less than 4 journalists, together with a Ukrainian, have been killed overlaying the preventing since Russia started its invasion final month.
“Day-after-day, journalists and media staff are risking their lives in Ukraine to supply lifesaving data to native populations and inform us of the fact of this warfare,” Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of the company, UNESCO, stated in a press release launched from Paris.
The physique armor was a part of emergency measures adopted by the company to guard journalists in Ukraine and assist displaced journalists proceed their work. A UNESCO diplomat stated it was the primary time in any battle that the U.N. company had despatched physique armor to journalists.
UNESCO stated it could ship an preliminary 125 units of ballistic vests and helmets to Ukraine, the place it famous that 1000’s of journalists, together with many Ukrainians, had been with out warfare zone coaching or protecting tools and unprepared for the dangers they had been dealing with.
It stated it was organizing on-line programs on hostile-environment and first-aid coaching and was serving to to ascertain in-person coaching in Lviv. UNESCO additionally stated it was funding a hotline for journalists who need assistance evacuating hazard zones and serving to to relocate the places of work of two Ukrainian journalists’ unions to neighboring Poland.
On Monday, a Ukrainian journalist and an Irish cameraman had been killed in shelling close to Kyiv whereas reporting for Fox Information a day after an American filmmaker was fatally shot in a suburb of the capital. Early this month, a Ukrainian tv cameraman was amongst 5 folks killed when Russian forces shelled a tv tower in Kyiv.