The New York Times and the Associated Press news agency were honored Monday, May 5 for their coverage of the war in Ukraine by the Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious awards of the American press.
The New York daily and its journalists won the Pulitzer for "international reporting" for their "unwavering coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including an eight-month investigation into the Ukrainian deaths in Bucha and the Russian unit responsible for the killings," Pulitzer Administrator Marjorie Miller said in a video message. Ukrainian prosecutors say Russian forces killed some 1,400 civilians in the Butcha area, north of Kiev, where bodies were discovered after Moscow withdrew troops in late March 2022. Bucha has become a symbol of war crimes committed by the Russian military since the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.
As for the American news agency AP, it won the "public service" award for a "courageous" report on the siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. A symbol of Ukrainian resistance, this port city in the southeast of the country was besieged and bombed for many weeks by Russian forces at the beginning of the invasion. AP also won a Pulitzer "breaking news photo" for its "unique" images of the beginning of the conflict, 14 months ago.
Other renowned American media, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal have been recognized for their investigations into political and financial scandals in the United States. The Pulitzer Prizes are administered by New York's Columbia University, in Manhattan, and last year Ukrainian journalists were rewarded for their "courage" with a special Pulitzer.