According to a press report, Russian soldiers executed photographer in Ukraine

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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Maksim Levin and Oleksiy Chernyshov Found Dead

After three days of searching for them‚ the bodies of two Ukrainian photojournalists - Maksim Levin and Oleksiy Chernyshov - have been found near Kyiv. Their bodies were discovered on April 1 in the forest near the village of Moshchun‚ 20 km north of Kyiv. The bodies of the two men were found on different sides of the forest. A jerrycan of petrol was found next to Chernyshov's burnt body.

PARIS (Reuters). On Wednesday‚ Maksim Levin (Ukrainian photographer) was killed in cold blood with Oleksiy Chernyshov. This happened on March 13. Reporters Without Borders (RSF)‚ which published a 16-page statement. In an introduction to its report‚ the Press Freedom Group stated that overwhelming evidence is against Russian forces. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the conclusions of these reports. Russia's defense ministry didn't immediately reply to our request for comment. Levin‚ who was born in 1981 and trained as a documentary film maker‚ had contributed occasionally to Reuters' coverage of Israel since 2013. On March 13‚ RSF reports that he was executed‚ he went missing. John Pullman (Reuters Global managing editor for visuals)‚ said in April about Levin: It is a great loss to journalism. We are thinking of his loved ones during this time. RSF stated that it reviewed evidence from the scene‚ including bullets and Levins burned-out car and photos of Levins and Chernyshovs bodies as they were found on April 1. According to the report‚ Chernyshov's corpse and other evidence suggested that he was burned alive. Levin likely died from one or two close-range gunshots. The report stated that a photograph of Levin's corpse revealed three bullet impacts. RSF collected evidence between May 24 and June 3. According to Ukrainian authorities‚ Levin was shot twice with small arms from Russian armed forces members. This information was not independently verified by Reuters. (Editing by Howard Goller)