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RSF says Russian troops executed Maks Levin in chilly blood: Who was the Ukrainian photographer?

Maks Levin, the 40-year-old father of 4 who had been working with Ukrainian and worldwide media, is one in every of eight journalists killed because the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in keeping with RSF’s tally

Maks Levin, a Ukraine-based journalist was discovered lifeless after being reported lacking for over two weeks. News18

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) stated in an investigation printed Wednesday that Russian troopers killed Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin in March, presumably after having tortured him.

This comes after RSF despatched a crew to Ukraine to research Levin’s dying.

RSF has stated it will file a grievance particularly associated to Levin’s killing with the International Criminal Court in The Hague: its sixth such grievance associated to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Levin’s physique was discovered with that of his buddy, soldier Oleksiy Chernyshov, on 1 April in a forest on the sting of Moschchun, a village about 20 kilometres outdoors Kyiv.

They had been lacking since 13 March Levin embedded with Ukrainian troopers in an space that was experiencing heavy combating.

Levin, the 40-year-old father of 4 had been working with Ukrainian and worldwide media, is one in every of eight journalists killed because the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in keeping with RSF’s tally.

Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at Levin:

Levin’s profile on the web site Lens Culture describes him as a employees photographer for one of many main Ukrainian information platforms LB.ua in addition to a stringer for Reuters.

As per the web site, Levin had been working as a photojournalist since 2006.

Since 2012, he had been concerned in growing LB.ua as a brand new media platform by taking pictures movies, writing texts and broadcasting on-line.

Levin had been photographing the conflict in jap Ukraine because the very starting together with capturing of Donetsk Regional State Administration; presidential elections within the Donetsk area that had been carried out actually within the army circumstances; first “Caucasian” troopers in Donetsk, the seize of Sloviansk; Battalion “Aydar” and Battalion “Donbass” in Popasna, Lisichansk, Kurakhovo, Ilovaysk, Myrna Dolyna; Debal’tsevo and Mariupol after the bombing.

In 2014, Levin, along with the volunteer Battalion “Donbass”, was surrounded in Ilovaisk (Donetsk area) and managed to flee from the Ilovaisk with three extra journalist, as per the web site.

Hundreds of Ukrainian troopers had been killed in that battle.

Levin was additionally co-organiser of the exhibition “Maydan: Human Factor”, the participant of the exhibitions  “Ukraine 24. War&Peace” in Los Angeles, “Conflict Zone: Ukraine” in Chicago, “Donbas War and Peace” on the European Parliament in Brussels, “Donbas: War and peace” in Prague, group photograph exhibition documenting 2014 Battle of Ilovaisk on the National Taras Shevchenko Museum in Kyiv.

Levin additionally ran his personal documentary initiatives about autistic kids and single dads

‘Executed in cold blood’

Paris-based RSF despatched investigators from late May to June, amongst them photographer Patrick Chauvel, who had labored with Levin within the Donbas area in February.

“The evidence gathered by RSF indicates that the Ukrainian photo-journalist Maks Levin and the friend who was with him were executed in cold blood by Russian forces, probably after being interrogated and tortured, on the day they went missing,” the report acknowledged.

Investigators recovered bullets from the scene they are saying are generally utilized by the Russian military.

Other objects reminiscent of meals packaging, cutlery, cigarette packets and directions for using rockets, additionally urged a Russian presence.

The report provides two doable situations.

First, that Levin and his buddy, whose physique was burned, had been shot after being noticed by Russian troopers.

Second, that they had been intercepted of their automotive and interrogated and even tortured individually — maybe burned alive within the case of Chernyshov — earlier than being shot.

RSF has handed the fabric proof and images from the scene to Ukrainian authorities.

With inputs from companies

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