20 Days in Mariupol
On the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a team of Ukrainian journalists enter the strategic eastern port city of Mariupol. During the subsequent siege and assault, as bombs fall, inhabitants flee, and access to electricity, food, water, and medicine are severed, the team — the only international journalists left — struggles to cover the war atrocities and transmit their footage. Eventually, surrounded by Russian soldiers, they shelter in a hospital, unsure of how they’ll escape.
Mstyslav Chernov is a Pulitzer Prize-winning video journalist at the Associated Press, and president of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. Since joining AP in 2014, he has covered major conflicts, social issues, and environmental crises across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Most recently, Chernov documented Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Together with longtime colleague Evgeniy Maloletka, Chernov recorded the siege of Mariupol, giving the world eyewitness accounts of the Russian attacks on the city. Chernov’s courageous reporting in Mariupol earned him the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He was named Camera Operator of the Year in 2016 and Young Talent of the Year in 2015 by the UK’s Royal Television Society.