Russian troopers killed Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin in March, probably soon after obtaining tortured him, media legal rights team Reporters With no Borders (RSF) claimed in an investigation printed Wednesday.
They arrived at their conclusions soon after sending a group to Ukraine to examine Levin’s loss of life.
RSF advised AFP it would file a grievance exclusively linked to Levin’s killing with the Global Prison Court docket in The Hague — its sixth these grievance linked to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Levin’s overall body was located with that of his good friend, soldier Oleksiy Chernyshov, on April 1 in a forest on the edge of Moschchun, a village about twenty kilometres (twelve miles) outdoors Kyiv.
They experienced been lacking because March thirteen soon after Levin embedded with Ukrainian troopers in an location that was enduring weighty combating.
Paris-primarily based RSF despatched investigators from late Could to June, amongst them photographer Patrick Chauvel, who experienced labored with Levin in the Donbas area in February.
“The proof collected by RSF suggests that the Ukrainian image-journalist Maks Levin and the good friend who was with him ended up executed in chilly blood by Russian forces, most likely soon after currently being interrogated and tortured, on the working day they went lacking,” the report mentioned.
Investigators recovered bullets from the scene they say are normally utilized by the Russian military.
Other goods these as food items packaging, cutlery, cigarette packets and guidelines for the use of rockets, also proposed a Russian existence.
The report presents two attainable situations.
Initially, that Levin and his good friend, whose overall body was burned, ended up shot soon after currently being noticed by Russian troopers.
Next, that they ended up intercepted in their car or truck and interrogated or even tortured individually — maybe burned alive in the situation of Chernyshov — prior to currently being shot.
RSF has handed the materials proof and pictures from the scene to Ukrainian authorities.
Levin is a single of 8 journalists killed because the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in accordance to RSF’s tally.