Five attacks against civilians in Ukraine

Entry type: Single project

Country/area: Finland

Publishing organisation: Helsingin Sanomat

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 2022-03-27

Language: Finnish

Authors: Pipsa Palttala, John Helin, Juhani Saarinen, Miro Nurmela, Boris Stefanov, Petri Salmén, Taru Ukkola


Pipsa Palttala, text
John Helin, OSINT
Juhani Saarinen and Miro Nurmela, collection of map data
Boris Stefanov, animation and video production
Petri Salmén, infographics
Taru Ukkola, visual production

Project description:

A month after Russian full-on attack to Ukraine, we look at the way Russia attacks civilian targets. We use open source and OSINT material to show this.

Impact reached:

It shows from early on in the war that how Russia uses military force against civilians in Ukraine. We use material gathered from social media (and verified my OSINT methods) to really show what is going on.

Techniques/technologies used:

We had an OSINT expert working with us to verify the pictures and video material we used in the story.

Context about the project:

The visual material from the war started coming in from Ukrainian social media from day one. It is important to use this as a source and verify it properly.

What can other journalists learn from this project?

That OSINT methods and skills are needed in newsrooms as much as tradional reporting from the field.

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