Mail Force's £20,000 gift helps keep reporters safe on frontline

Mail Force’s £20,000 gift helps keep reporters safe on frontline of war in Ukraine

  • Money from the Mail has now protective equipment to Ukrainian journalists 
  • Renowned photojournalist Bohdan Bortakov received a helmet and vest
  • Fixer, Andriy Kovalenko, said equipment enabled him to reveal the truth of war

Ukrainian war reporters are being protected by kit bought with the help of a £20,000 donation from the Mail.

At least 21 journalists of all nationalities have been killed since Russia invaded on February 24, with vital body armour initially in short supply.

But the money from the Mail has now provided protective equipment to Ukrainian journalists bravely reporting from the front line, or exposing atrocities committed by Vladimir Putin’s forces.

The cash comes from company funds and not from the generous donations from readers to the Mail Force Ukraine Appeal. Among those benefiting is renowned photojournalist Bohdan Bortakov, who received a helmet and vest.

Renowned photojournalist Bohdan Bortakov received a helmet and vest with the help of a £20,000 donation from the Mail

Another recipient, Andriy Kovalenko, has been working as a fixer for foreign journalists, helping them tell his country’s stories to readers and viewers around the world.

Praising the donation, he said the equipment had enabled him to reveal the truth about ‘war crimes, executions, mass graves and destroyed cities’. 

The Daily Mail’s contribution, which was paid via the European Federation of Journalists, is also being used to fund a network of ‘solidarity centres’ where journalists can work and recuperate while sharing knowledge with colleagues.

 Sergiy Tomilenko, president of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, said: ‘Journalists and the media are targeted by the Russian invaders as enemies for reporting the war crimes they have committed. 

‘So we are very grateful to the Daily Mail for helping to fund equipment to help them report safely from the front line. Your support is extremely important, and priceless.’

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries last night thanked ‘all those working in Ukraine to report on the barbaric Russian invasion and Putin’s despicable actions’. 

She added: ‘Every day journalists are risking their lives and it is absolutely right that we do all we can to support them.

‘I am very pleased that the Mail has donated support to Ukrainian journalists on the front line.’ 

The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline UKRAINE REFUGEE APPEAL

Readers of Mail Newspapers and MailOnline have always shown immense generosity at times of crisis. 

Calling upon that human spirit, we are supporting a huge push to raise money for refugees from Ukraine. 

For, surely, no one can fail to be moved by the heartbreaking images and stories of families – mostly women, children, the infirm and elderly – fleeing from Russia’s invading armed forces.

As this tally of misery increases over the coming days and months, these innocent victims of a tyrant will require accommodation, schools and medical support. 

Donations to the Mail Force Ukraine Appeal will be used to help charities and aid organisations providing such essential services. 

In the name of charity and compassion, we urge all our readers to give swiftly and generously.


Donate at 

To add Gift Aid to a donation – even one already made – complete an online form found here:

Via bank transfer, please use these details:

Account name: Mail Force Charity

Account number: 48867365

Sort code: 60-00-01


Make your cheque payable to ‘Mail Force’ and post it to: Mail Newspapers Ukraine Appeal, GFM, 42 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8JY


US readers can donate to the appeal via a bank transfer to Associated Newspapers or by sending checks to HQ at 51 Astor Place (9th floor), New York, NY 10003

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