Five attacks against civilians in Ukraine
Entry type: Single project
Publishing organisation: Helsingin Sanomat
Organisation size: Big
Publication date: 2022-03-27
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
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.
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.
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.