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According to the International News Safety Institute (INSI), Ukraine topped the list of countries with journalist deaths in the first half of 2014. From Reuters:

A total of seven reporters and their assistants were killed in the country, where pro-Russian separatists in eastern regions are fighting government forces, between Jan. 1 and June 30.

That compares to six in Iraq, and five in both Pakistan and Syria. A hostile environment isn't strictly limited to the death toll with a number of journalists facing threats, kidnapping, and assault.

Meanwhile, violence continued to spread in eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite (or perhaps because of ) the presence of international investigators who are overseeing the inspection of the bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and its accompanying media presence. (A number of journalists have reported being detained by pro-Russian separatists while working on the MH17 story.)

On Monday, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said that the efforts to counterattack the work of the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was costing the government nearly $130 million per month, putting the country on precarious financial footing. 

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