Newsletter of PEN Ukraine (May 3)

Russia carries out airstrikes on Kyiv during a visit of the UN Secretary-General, killing a producer of RFE/RL’s Kyiv bureau Vira Hyrych. Every day Russia is killing Ukrainian children, men and women, shelling residential buildings, destroying infrastructure and cultural heritage, bombing warehouses with food and fuel, provoking a global humanitarian and ecological crisis.


  • On April 30, legendary Ukrainian artist Lyubov Panchenko died at the age of 84. She spent a month starving in Russian-occupied Bucha. When the town was liberated, Lyubov Panchenko was hospitalised due to exhaustion, but she didn’t survive. 
  • Here is a list of Ukrainian cultural figures killed since the Russian Federation began their full scale war.

Russian crimes against media

  • On 28 April, RFE/RL producer Vira Hyrych was killed in a shelling attack on Kyiv. A Russian missile strike hit the residential building where she was living.
  • Vira Hyrych is the 22nd journalist killed since Russia launched its full invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. Find out more about Russian crimes against the media in Ukraine in our report.

War diaries

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the lives of PEN Ukraine members and its administrative team have changed. Some writers document their experiences and ruminate over the events of recent weeks. Here you can find translated diaries of PEN Ukraine writers:

PEN Ukraine webpage on war

PEN Ukraine launched one page with the latest news and materials on Russia’s war against Ukraine with information on the situation in Ukraine, links on important materials and information resources, petitions, addresses, the list of editions about Ukraine to read in English, and books by Ukrainian authors recommended for translation. The page is being continuously updated with the latest news and links. Go to the page and share with colleagues: