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AP coverage marks 6 months since Russian invasion of Ukraine

On Ukrainian Independence Day, six months to the day since the Russian invasion, Ukrainians walk past destroyed Russian military vehicles installed in downtown Kyiv, Aug. 24, 2022. Kyiv authorities banned mass Independence Day gatherings in the capital for fear of Russian missile attacks. Independence Day, like the six-month mark in the war, falls on Wednesday. (AP Photo / Evgeniy Maloletka)

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AP journalists Vasilisa Stepanenko, Hanna Arhirova, Evgeniy Maloletka, Mstyslav Chernov, Inna Varenytsia, Derek Gatopolous, Adam Pemble, David Goldman, Susie Blann and Paul Byrne — and colleagues throughout the AP — all contributed to in-depth, authoritative coverage looking back at the impact of six months of war, not just on Ukraine and Russia, but Europe and the world as well.

After weeks of creative planning and coordination across bureaus and departments, the AP teams on the ground in Ukraine, including Hanna Arhirova, Vasilisa Stepanenko and Inna Varenytsia came up with a series of stories both informative and innovative.

In one story,AP journalists Evgeniy Maloletka, Susie Blann and Derek Gatapolous revisited a 12-year-old looking after his wounded mother,as well as a police officer and an Orthodox priest whose lives have been upended by war. The team chronicled the difficulty dealing with the widespread damage around the Ukrainian capital,Kyiv,the impact it has had on residents,and the aftermath of mass civilian killings in Bucha, northwest of the city.

Key visuals around the anniversary came from video journalists Mstyslav Chernov and Adam Pemble,and photographer David Goldman,while a comprehensive and arresting collection of AP’s photography since February was edited by Tony Hicks, deputy director for international photos.

In addition, Vlodymir Isachenkov offered an excellent explainer on the conflict’s current state of play. David McHugh teamed up with Paul Wiseman to outline the economic implications reverberating around the world. Vanessa Gera and Kirsten Grieshaber delivered a compelling look at the plight of Ukrainian refugees six months into the war — Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidene translated it with prominent display of photos by Michal Dyjuk and Michael Sohn. And Paul Byrne,deputy news director for video, was instrumental in coordinating the all-formats coverage while ensuring teams stayed on top of spot news developments.

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