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May 23, 2022 6:06 AM EDT

In the bloodiest war in Europe this century, Ukraine is fighting for its future and the right to exist. Sevgil Musaieva, the editor in chief of top independent news site Ukrayinska Pravda, ensures that her outlet covers every aspect of the conflict.

Meaning “Ukrainian truth,” Ukrayinska Pravda reaches up to 4 million people with its journalism each day, making it an essential source of information on the war for both those in Ukraine and those following the news from abroad. Under Musaieva’s leadership, UP journalists have reported on everything from Russian war crimes to Ukrainian civilian heroes, as well as ­publishing exclusive lists of oligarchs’ yachts and planes. UP provides a window into the war for people in Russia, where the site is banned. In the war’s first weeks, subscribers to its Russian-language Telegram channel nearly tripled. Their work is relentless, and Musaieva is often in tears. “I feel like a hotline,” Musaieva tells TIME from Kyiv. Over 100 messages fill her inbox each day with tips and pleas for help. Having grown up in Crimea, a region now occupied by Russia, Musaieva is hyperaware of the power her team wields by documenting the truth: “One day Ukraine will be free.”

Ferris-Rotman is a journalist who covers the war in Ukraine

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