Finalist, The Rory Peck Award for News

Andriy Perun (Ukrainian)

December 2013 - February, 2014, Ukraine

Ukraine Crisis: Kiev


Andriy’s rushes document the escalating clashes between police and protestors in central Kiev. The first sequence of shots cover the crucial events on December 1, 2013 when riot police attacked protestors young and old, as well as journalists. Around 40 journalists were injured that night. In January, protestors started hurling Molotov cocktails at police and the first shots were fired. By February, dozens of protestors had been killed.

Andriy captures the overall scene of mass protest as well as closer individual scenes of intense anger and conflict. In one astonishing scene, we see the panic when a Molotov cocktail explodes inside the police line setting several men alight.

Andriy Perun was born on September 20 1962 in the town of Polyarny in the Murmansk region of Russia. He moved to Ukraine where he received a degree in Radio Frequency Engineering before joining the army in the Signal Troops division where he had a rank of Staff Sergeant.

From 1984 Andriy worked as a qualified electronics engineer for regional and private TV channels, while also studying filmmaking. He then became chief technology officer at a documentary production studio. He worked as director, cameraman and film editor at several national Ukrainian TV channels. In 2007 he moved to Kiev and works as a stringer for Reuters Television.

Judges Comments

“I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen for a single frame. It had the virtue of being really solid journalistically but also striking visually. It was almost cinematic. It was the epic story of a revolution. It really brought into focus the scale of what was going on - you could feel the violence.”