These images and videos may be shocking. They partially depict the consequences of war, destruction of property, and injuries to civilians. Some images may depict maiming and death. The majority of the footage is prepared by witnesses or those directly affected by events, not by professional journalists, photographers, or videographers. Some images and videos may be of low or poor quality: this is often due to the means used for recording (usually a smartphone camera), connectivity issues, and operating conditions extremely dangerous for life and personal security.
Videos and photos in the database have been taken and sourced from all regions of Ukraine since 24 February, the first day of the war. Each media file is labeled in English with relevant information identifying the date, location, and any significant details of the event depicted. We update the database at least twice a day as new videos and photos arrive from the front line.
The database is gathered from multiple sources, including photographs, videos, and testimony provided to us by citizen journalists. Wherever possible, we verify and make clear the channel through which we received the material or on which it was published. The database includes some material from private accounts on social networks, where videos and photos are often published without attribution, and from Telegram channels, where third-party videos are published without credentials or references.
We are working in war conditions, which means most witnesses must remain anonymous. The identification of witnesses, and those collecting and distributing content, could put them and their families in danger.
We understand that ensuring the authenticity of photo and video footage is important to confirm the veracity of events and circumstances depicted. While we can undertake only limited verification of materials in the database, we believe the vast majority of content to be accurate and trusted. The dates and locations listed can be considered a reasonable guide.
We constantly strive to improve our verification procedures and consult international organizations for guidance and advice. We are a volunteer initiative. We are not trained journalists or archivists. We are doing our best to collect and distribute witness videos and testimony from the front lines. We are not a professional media database or media outlet, nor are we lawyers or lobbyists.
The video footage is recognized as a videogram according to Article 40 of the Law of Ukraine “On Copyright and Related Rights.” The reproduction and communication to the public of a videogram can be undertaken without the rightsholder’s permission under Article 21 of the Law and for education or scientific purposes under Article 42 of the Law.
Article 21 allows to use with attribution of the author and source (1) quotes from the published works within the scope justified by purpose (work to which the quote to be included has to be of critical, controversial, scientific, or informational nature) or (2) short fragments from performances and works included to videogram (Article 21 of the Law).
We have collected the database of photographs and video footage, organized it, and added credentials wherever possible. We hereby authorize all journalists to use the database partially or entirely and communicate it to the public for informational purposes without restrictions to the territory and term.