Russian troopers killed Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin in March, presumably after having tortured him, media rights group Reporters With out Borders (RSF) mentioned in an investigation printed Wednesday.
They reached their conclusions after sending a staff to Ukraine to analyze Levin’s loss of life.
RSF advised AFP it could file a criticism particularly associated to Levin’s killing with the Worldwide Legal Courtroom in The Hague — its sixth such criticism associated to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Levin’s physique was discovered with that of his pal, soldier Oleksiy Chernyshov, on April 1 in a forest on the sting of Moschchun, a village about 20 kilometres (12 miles) exterior Kyiv.
They’d been lacking since March 13 after Levin embedded with Ukrainian troopers in an space that was experiencing heavy preventing.
Paris-based RSF despatched investigators from late Might to June, amongst them photographer Patrick Chauvel, who had labored with Levin within the Donbas area in February.
“The proof gathered by RSF signifies that the Ukrainian photo-journalist Maks Levin and the pal who was with him have been executed in chilly blood by Russian forces, most likely after being interrogated and tortured, on the day they went lacking,” the report acknowledged.
Investigators recovered bullets from the scene they are saying are generally utilized by the Russian military.
Different objects similar to meals packaging, cutlery, cigarette packets and directions for using rockets, additionally advised a Russian presence.
The report provides two doable eventualities.
First, that Levin and his pal, whose physique was burned, have been shot after being noticed by Russian troopers.
Second, that they have been intercepted of their automobile 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 pictures from the scene to Ukrainian authorities.
Levin is one in all eight journalists killed for the reason that Russian invasion of Ukraine, in keeping with RSF’s tally.
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