American photographer injured by shrapnel, other journalists hurt in Kiev protests


Olga Rudenko reports that at least 40 journalists were injured during protests in Ukraine Sunday. Joseph Sywenkyj, an American photographer who works in Ukraine, was among them, a spokesperson for The New York Times confirms in an email to Poynter. Sywenkyj shoots for the Times among other outlets.

Sywenkyj "was injured with shrapnel," Danielle Rhoades Ha writes. "He received medical treatment and is out of the hospital."

Rudenko says Serhiy Supinskiy, a photographer for Agence France-Presse, "was attacked by a riot police officer" who "deliberately hit his photography equipment, and destroyed his flash and lens." Other journalists were injured, Rudenko writes, including one photographer who said a police officer "kicked him in the kidney area."

The protests followed Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a trade deal with the European Union.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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