Vasilisa Stepanenko

video journalist The Associated Press

Vasilisa Stepanenko is a video journalist for The Associated Press and correspondent from the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, whose work focuses on human rights and social issues related to the war in Ukraine. She graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Culture. She has worked for the Kharkiv Post and the television network Simon. She has worked with Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka since before the war began, when she realized that it would be crucial – and more difficult than ever – to provide accurate information from eastern Ukraine. Starting in Kharkiv – Stepanenko and Chernov’s hometown – the team realized that Mariupol would be the first key to the war. The team arrived hours before the first rockets landed and were the only journalists working for an international news organization to stay in the city for more than two weeks, leaving just ahead of the Russian takeover of the city center. Since then, she has reported from Lviv and Kharkiv as well. She dedicated her work in Mariupol to the people there who lost their lives, families and homes in the war.

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