Since launching the Russian Roulette series in March 2014, VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky has filmed and released over 100 video dispatches, creating a truly singular body of combat reportage about the Russian annexation of Crimea and the bloody war in eastern Ukraine. Ostrovsky and his VICE News team have courageously navigated the challenges of operating in a conflict zone since the crisis first erupted. The VICE News crew have interviewed everyone from rank-and-file fighters and local warlords to innocent civilians trapped in the war zone. Along the way they have transformed Western audiences’ understanding of the crisis in Ukraine. Ostrovsky was himself kidnapped and interrogated by pro-Moscow separatists last April, but was released four days later.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted an exclusive screening of some of Ostrovsky’s most captivating dispatches. Following the screening, he discussed his experiences reporting from Ukraine and shared his impressions of the ongoing crisis. A short reception followed.
Viewers are advised that the videos below contain graphic content.
Simon Ostrovsky, who was born in the former Soviet Union, is an American journalist, director, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to his work with VICE News, he produced documentaries and short films for Al Jazeera English, HBO, and BBC Newsnight.
Andrew S. Weiss
Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and oversees Carnegie’s work on Russia and Eurasia. He served on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration.