Why I have mixed feelings about our Pulitzer Prize award


The Fix: Daryna Shevchenko is the CEO of Kyiv Independent, Ukraine’s biggest English-language voice during Russia’s aggression of Ukraine. She’s also a co-founder of The Fix.

A few days ago Pulitzer Prize Board awarded all Ukrainian journalists with a special citation "for their courage, endurance, and commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia."

I have mixed feelings about our (very deserved) Pulitzer Prize mention. I am deeply disturbed by its annotation.

This actually suggests we didn’t do our job as well as could be expected. It is right back where we started. It is “Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine”. Again.

But let’s be the fighters that we are and use this as an opportunity to clarify this for our colleagues abroad. Again.

It’s not Vladimir Putin’s war/invasion/attack/atrocities. It’s Russia’s.

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