According to a source, journalist Maks Levin from Ukraine was “killed in cold blood.”
He was in his forties.
Information from the New York Daily News On January 12, 2018, Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin posed for a picture in the Donetsk region.
On January 12, 2018, Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin posed for a picture in the Donetsk region. It’s (Inna Varenytsia).
The photojournalist vanished on March 13 and his body was found on April 1. He worked for various Western media outlets. Reporters Without Borders claims that on the day he vanished, soldiers executed him and his companion, soldier Oleksiy Chernyshov, in a forest outside of Kiev.
14 bullet strikes on the vehicle Levin and his buddy were riding in, as well as bullets and casings, were discovered by the organization’s investigators. Additionally, DNA evidence supported the presence of Russian servicemen at the scene.
Information from the New York Daily News On April 4, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine, relatives of journalist Maks Levin sob at his casket at his funeral.
On April 4, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine, relatives of journalist Maks Levin sob at his casket at his funeral. (Getty Images/Alexey Furman)
RSF Secretary General Christophe Delore stated, “Analysis of the images of the crime scene, the observations made on the spot, and the material evidence obtained plainly point to an execution that may have been preceded by interrogation or possibly acts of torture.” Maks Levin and his friend “paid with their lives for their quest for accurate information in the setting of a war highly defined by propaganda and Kremlin censorship.”
Levin worked as a photojournalist for a portion of three decades, primarily for the Ukrainian news site LB.ua, but he also provided work for Reuters, the BBC, TRT World, and the Associated Press.