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Ukrainian photojournalist Maksym Levin in Donetsk region, Ukraine on January 25.
Ukrainian photojournalist Maksym Levin in Donetsk area, Ukraine on January 25. (Stanislav Kozliuk/Reuters)

A Ukrainian photojournalist who labored for quite a lot of main Western information shops together with Reuters and the BBC has been killed by Russian forces close to Kyiv, the workplace of Ukraine’s lawyer common stated Saturday. 

The physique of Maksym (Maks) Levin – who had been capturing the continued battle – was discovered with two gunshot wounds within the Vyshgorod district which sits simply north of the capital, the lawyer common’s workplace stated in a Facebook post, citing preliminary studies. 

“In accordance with the preliminary info, the troopers of the Russian Armed Forces killed the unarmed Maksym Levin with two gunshots,” it claimed. His subsequent of kin have been knowledgeable, the workplace instructed CNN. 

A residential building destroyed by shelling is seen in Borodyanka, Ukraine, on March 3.
A residential constructing destroyed by shelling is seen in Borodyanka, Ukraine, on March 3. (Maksym Levin/Reuters)

Photographer Markiian Lyseiko told CNN that he was final in contact along with his pal, referred to as Maks, on March 12, the day earlier than he went lacking in a district north of Kyiv, the place he had been reporting on the combating and fleeing civilians.

Of their last conversations, Lyseiko stated that Levin had requested him to return to the Ukrainian capital so they might cowl the conflict collectively.  

Lyseiko, who labored alongside Levin since 2014 documenting the conflict in Donbas, the place they embedded with Ukrainian troopers for weeks at a time, described his pal in an interview with CNN on March 24 as an brisk and tenacious reporter, who typically appeared like he “had no worry.”

A Ukrainian soldier hides from a helicopter airstrike near Demydiv, Ukraine on March 10.
A Ukrainian soldier hides from a helicopter airstrike close to Demydiv, Ukraine on March 10. (Maksym Levin/Reuters)

Because the conflict broke out eight years in the past, Levin wished to indicate the world what was taking place in Ukraine, particularly to Russia, Lyseiko stated. 

“One of the simplest ways to know Maks is to have a look at his work,” Lyseiko stated. “Once you watch Maks’ movies or see his photographs, you’ll perceive him, with out phrases.”

A legal investigation is being carried out by the Vyshgorod District prosecutor’s workplace into alleged violations of “legal guidelines and customs of conflict,” the lawyer common’s workplace stated, including that “measures are being taken to determine all circumstances of the crime.”

Levin started working as a photojournalist in 2006, in response to his bio on LensCulture, a pictures sources web site. He labored for Ukrainian information outlet LB.ua and was “well-known” in his subject, having collaborated with Reuters, BBC, TRT World and Related Press, in response to the lawyer common’s workplace.

In a press release on-line, LB.ua stated Levin is survived by 4 sons, a civil accomplice and aged mother and father. LB.ua stated that along with journalism, Levin labored on dozens of picture and video initiatives for humanitarian organizations such because the World Well being Group, UNICEF and UN Ladies.

In his bio, Levin described himself as a “documentary photographer/videographer, father, human being.”

Ukrainian service members take position at the Vasylkiv Air Base near Kyiv on February 27.
Ukrainian service members take place on the Vasylkiv Air Base close to Kyiv on February 27. (Maksym Levin/Reuters)

The Reuters information company on Saturday stated it’s “deeply saddened” over Levin’s loss of life.

“We’re deeply saddened to listen to of the loss of life of Maksym Levin, a long-time contributor to Reuters, in Ukraine,” John Pullman, Reuters’ international managing editor for visuals, stated in a press release to CNN.

“Maks has offered compelling photographs and video from Ukraine to Reuters since 2013. His loss of life is a large loss to the world of journalism. Our ideas are along with his household at this troublesome time,” Pullman stated.