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Media Forum : "How to Talk About The War?"

The Russian-Ukrainian war is going on not only on the battlefield but also in the media space. And we must admit that the Kremlin is successfully spreading its false narrations as they still get global media coverage.

The first Media Forum, "How to talk about the War?" is aimed to explain how to identify, perceive and confront Kremlin media narrations towards Ukraine. Moreover, the most prominent Ukrainian human rights defenders will provide a profound overview of the systemic repression towards Ukrainian civilian hostages in the occupied territories.

Media forum “How to talk about war?”, as the second stage of the #VoicesOccupation advocacy campaign by the PLATFORM FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS A very important issue is the release of civilian hostages and political prisoners of the Russian Federation.
We support the families of hostages and political prisoners.

PLATFORM FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS continues its advocacy campaign.
The day before, its second stage took place - the media stage. The media forum "How to talk about war" took place in the Ukrainian capital. Foreign journalists arrived in Kyiv and took part in the meeting of several discussion platforms.
Journalists representing several European countries received first-hand important information about the situation with the detention of political prisoners, civilian hostages and prisoners of war, the observance of human rights by the occupiers and invaders in places of imprisonment, and about the consequences of the full-scale invasion and restoration of Ukraine.
During the event, the following panels were held:
- Ukraine and the US elections: resistance to information manipulation and our narrative
- How to write about Russia's defeat?
- Key messages of Russian propaganda, the purposes of their application and approaches to their debunking
- Civilian prisoners of Crimea before and after February 24
- Systemic repressions by the Kremlin in the occupied territories
- Kidnapping of the civilian population as a systematic practice of the Russian Federation during the conduct of war
- Disappeared during the occupation: where does Russia keep Ukrainians?
- Russian aggression in Europe: the Ukrainian front
- The civilian population, as the least protected category of citizens of Ukraine during the war.

Date: May 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM (EET)- 13 30 PM (EET)
Location: Conference hall "Assembly", Hotel Ukraine

Moderator – Valentyna Samar (Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism, Editor-in-chief).

Program

10:00 – Welcome speech by Olha Hryb, Platform for the Release of Political Prisoners
SESSION I. 10:15 – 11:05
Ukraine and the US elections: Resistance to Information Manipulation and Ukrainian Narrative
Oleksandr Krayev, an expert of the Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council, Director of the North America Program
How to write about Russia’s defeat?
Dmytro Zolotukhin, ex-deputy minister of information policy of Ukraine. Founder of the Institute for Postinformation Society. Founder of OSINT Academy. Infowars practician.
Key messages of Russian propaganda, the purposes of their application and approaches to debunking it
Oleksii Pivtorak, Disinformation analyst at Detektor Media NGO.

Hanna Hopko, Ukrainian politician and a former Member of Parliament and head of the committee on foreign affairs of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada.
SESSION II. 11:25 – 12:30
Civilian prisoners of Crimea before and after February 24
Olha Skryp­nyk, Chairman of the Crimean Human Rights Group Board
Kremlin Systemic repressions in the occupied territories – Case Study
Ihor Kozlovskyi, Ukrainian scientist, theologian,candidate of historical sciences, writer,public figure, co-founder and member of the Platform for the Release of Political Prisoners
The kidnapping of civilians as a systematic practice of the Russian Federation in the conduct of war
Serhiy Movchan, Head of the War Crimes Documentation Department, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
Disappeared under the occupation: where Russia keeps Ukrainians?
Tatyana Katrichenko, Coordinator of the direction he problem of hostages in CADLR (certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions), Media Initiative for Human Rights
SESSION III. 12:45 – 13:30
Iryna Herashchenko, Former First Deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament), also serving as President’s Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the war in Donbas.
Russian aggression in Europe: the Ukrainian front
Mykhailo Gonchar, Ukrainian expert on international energy and security relations. President of the Center for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Black Sea Security”.
Civilians, as the least protected category of citizens of Ukraine during the war
Oleksandr Kononenko, Representative of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights in the system of bodies of the security and defense sector
Closing speech
by Valentyna Samar, Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism, Editor-in-chief.
END OF PROGRAMME

Presentations of speakers

Abduction of the civilians as a systematic practice of the Russian Federation during the conduct of war

How "Deteсtor Media"
Sees The World
"The manias we deserve"

Russia`s aggression in Europe:
Ukrainian frontline