A Ukrainian photojournalist who went missing more than two weeks ago while documenting the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the capital Kiev has been found dead. according to the office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General†
The photojournalist, Maks Levin, 40, was a prominent freelancer who had covered the conflict in Ukraine for years. His safety had been feared after he and a colleague went missing in mid-March while reporting near the frontline of Russian fighting in the Vyshhorod area.
His body was found Friday in a village in the Vyshhorod district north of Kiev, according to the Institute of Mass Information, a Ukrainian civil society organization focused on press freedom. He leaves behind his wife, four sons and his parents.
The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that, based on preliminary information, Mr Levin was shot with “firearms” by Russian forces and that a criminal investigation into his death is underway.
The colleague Mr Levin had traveled with, Oleksiy Chernyshov, has not been found, according to the Institute of Mass Information.
Days before his disappearance, Mr Levin had posted a series of harrowing images to his Facebook page showing the mass evacuation of residents, many of them clad in white to indicate their marital status.
‘It’s like a horror movie’ he wrote in a message to the post.
As news of his death spread on Saturday, there was an outpouring of grief from fellow journalists who had worked with Mr Levin. Many had asked for news of his whereabouts in the past two weeks.
According to the LB.ua, a Ukrainian news channel where Mr. Levin has worked for more than ten years, he was born in 1981 in the Kiev region. He had extensively documented the conflict in Ukraine as of 2014, his work was published in several Ukrainian and international news channels, and also worked on photo projects with a number of humanitarian organizations.
Mr Levin has worked with Reuters, the BBC and The Associated Press, among others.
“Every Ukrainian photographer dreams of taking a picture that will stop the war,” Mr. Levin once explained, according to LB.ua.
SOURCE – www.nytimes.com