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Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry Support Ukrainian Journalists with Donation


Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry Support Ukrainian Journalists with Donation

The aid comes after various local and foreign journalists were killed by Russian attacks while on assignment in Ukraine.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are continuing to support Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today through their nonprofit, Archewell, that they made a donation to help “a coalition of Ukrainian media such as The Kyiv Independent, supported through the organization Are We Europe.”

The aid comes as local and foreign journalists continue to be injured and killed by Russian attacks while on assignment in Ukraine. Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshinova, 24, who was also working for Fox, were killed outside of Kyiv when their vehicle was struck by fire. Journalist Benjamin Hall was also injured in the attack, Fox confirmed.

“The truth is the target. Russian troops fired at Fox News camera crew near Kyiv,” the Defence of Ukraine wrote on Twitter.

Ukrainian cameraman Yevhenii Sakun died on March 1 after Vladimir Putin’s army bombed a television transmission tower in Kyiv, per New York Magazine. And on March 13, American documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed after his vehicle was fired on. The attack also left American photojournalist Juan Arredondo injured.

The number of local journalists who have died in the war is still unclear.

Apart from providing aid for Ukraine’s media, Meghan and Harry have made donations to various organizations working on the ground in the country, including HIAS and The HALO Trust. And they are continuing their work with World Central Kitchen and The World Health Organization “to assist with the global and local humanitarian response to the crisis,” a statement on their website says.

“Finally, our hearts are heavy as we acknowledge the recent loss of a member of our veteran community in Ukraine, who was defending his country from attack,” the Sussexes shared. “We also pay tribute to the brave men and women from our global veteran community, past and present, who have long protected their countries and families with unparalleled strength and determination. We are continuing to work and speak with the Invictus Games Foundation daily to help however we can.”

The parents of two shared bios for each organization and called on people to donate to their causes.

Meghan and Harry first voiced their support for Ukraine in February, saying in a statement, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”

Other royals have also shown their support for the country. Queen Elizabeth made a donation to the U.K. charity Disasters Emergency Committee, an organization helping Ukrainian refugees. She also wore Ukraine’s colors and put out blue and yellow flowers during a meeting with the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, earlier this month. Further, she withdrew her permission for the Kremlin Museums exhibition in Moscow to display three swords from her art collection.

Last week, Prince William and Duchess Kate visited the Ukrainian Social Club in Holland Park, London, to help pack donations for Ukrainians in need. And Prince Charles, who called the Russian attacks on Ukraine “brutal,” made a donation to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, along with William and the queen, royal sources tell.