A Mother Of 2 Brutally Beaten And Left In Ditch. Her Crime? She's An Anti-Govt Journalist.

Shocking photos emerge of prominent journalist beaten as she covered pro-Europe protests.

Cover image via

A group of men viciously attacked and beat up a prominent Ukrainian journalist and civic activist Tetyana Chornovol outside Kyiv about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 25. Here's what happened.

Tatyana Chornovol was driving home at about 1:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. Moscow time) when she noticed she was being followed by a dark-colored SUV, Ukrainian police said.

The car cut off Chornovol’s vehicle and forced her off the side of the road, after which several men jumped out and smashed the journalist’s rear car window, according to the police statement.

Dashboard camera in the car of journalist and activist Tetyana Chornovil shows two men exiting the jeep that repeatedly smashed into her car.

Image via

Police said the men dragged Chornovol out of her car and brutally beat her before abandoning her in a ditch.

Pictures and a video of the journalist posted online showed Chernovol with the right side of her face and her lips massively swollen and bloody. She is currently hospitalized with a concussion.

Unsupported video platform

Journalist and activist Tetyana Chornovol lies in a hospital bed after unknown men beat her on her way home on Dec. 25.

Image via

Tetyana Chornovol photographed in hospital.

Image via

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych urged police on Wednesday to investigate the attack as quickly as possible. Here's what prompted the attack.

Chernovol, an investigative journalist, blogger and mother of two children, had posted photos of what she alleged was the Ukrainian interior minister’s luxury villa on local web portal Ukrainskaya Pravda hours before the attack.

Tetiana Chornovol.

Image via

She also regularly reported on the development of Ukraine’s protest movement that emerged at the end of November after the president suddenly backed out of an association agreement with the European Union, and openly supported the country’s political opposition.

Ukrainian police said they have opened a criminal investigation into the incident for hooliganism, which is punishable by up to four years in prison under Ukrainian law. They did not identify in the statement how many attackers were involved.
Image via

Ukrainian opposition leader Anatoly Gritsenko, however, was quoted by local news portal as saying that there were three attackers, and that the make and model of their car had been caught on a dashboard camera installed in Chernovol’s vehicle.

“It [the video] is currently being studied at the headquarters of Maidan,” Gritsenko said according to, referring to the central square in Kiev that has served as the base for ongoing anti-government protests over the last month.

A snapshot from the video showing the beaten journalist Tatyana Chornovol

Image via

The attack was the second on a Ukrainian opposition activist in as many days, according to RIA Novosti

Dmitry Pilipets, a civic activist and organizer of protests in the eastern city of Kharkiv, was stabbed four times on the street by two unknown male attackers late Tuesday night.

He was hospitalized Wednesday in stable condition, according to the news agency.

The latest assault could increase tensions between the state and demonstrators who have braved sub-zero temperatures and set up tents and barricades in the city center to voice their opposition to closer ties with Russia.

Activists outside the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in Kiev, hold a photo showing the injuries to journalist Tetiana Chornovol.

Image via

Demonstrators hold photos of beaten journalist and activist Tetyana Chornovol outside the Ukrainian Interior Ministry in Kiev on Wednesday

Image via
Image via
Image via