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 revealed Wednesday.
They reached their conclusions after sending a workforce to Ukraine to analyze Levin’s demise.
RSF instructed AFP it will file a criticism particularly associated to Levin’s killing with the Worldwide Legal Court docket 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 kilometers (12 miles) outdoors Kyiv.
They’d been lacking since March 13 after Levin embedded with Ukrainian troopers in an space that was experiencing heavy combating.
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, in all probability 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 gadgets equivalent to meals packaging, cutlery, cigarette packets and directions for the usage of rockets, additionally steered a Russian presence.
The report affords 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.
The RSF has handed the fabric proof and pictures from the scene to the Ukrainian authorities.
Levin is one among eight journalists killed because the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in response to RSF’s tally.