Ukrainian journalist Maks Levin ‘executed in chilly blood,’ report says

Levin, a Ukrainian photojournalist who labored with numerous main Western information shops together with Reuters and the BBC disappeared on March 13 whereas masking Russia’s assault on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. His physique was found on April 1.

RSF mentioned it despatched two investigators two Ukraine from Could 24 to June 3 and that they concluded Levin, and a buddy he was with, “have been executed in chilly blood.”

“The proof in opposition to the Russian forces is overwhelming,” the NGO mentioned in a abstract.

The group mentioned it discovered a number of bullets and cartridge casings on the scene, the id papers of the buddy and soldier that was accompanying Levin, and recognized 14 bullet impacts within the automotive they have been touring in. RSF mentioned it additionally discovered a number of objects with potential DNA proof, testifying to the presence of Russian troopers within the neighborhood of the crime scene and, crucially, situated a bullet proper subsequent to the spot the place Levin’s physique was discovered.

“Evaluation of the photographs of the crime scene, the observations made on the spot and the fabric proof recovered clearly level to an execution which will have been preceded by interrogation and even acts of torture,” RSF Secretary Normal Christophe Delore mentioned of the report. “Within the context of a conflict closely marked by propaganda and Kremlin censorship, Maks Levin and his buddy paid with their lives for his or her battle for dependable info.”

RSF mentioned it submitted its findings in addition to all of the proof to the Ukraine Lawyer Normal’s workplace.

On April 2, the Ukraine Lawyer Normal’s workplace mentioned the journalist’s physique had been discovered within the Vyshgorod district, simply north of Kyiv, including that “troopers of the Russian Armed Forces killed the unarmed Maksym Levin with two gunshots.”

Russia has persistently denied focusing on civilians, together with journalists, because it started its invasion of Ukraine, regardless of overwhelming proof on the contrary.

CNN was unable to independently confirm RSF’s findings.

Levin started working as a photojournalist in 2006, in keeping with his bio on LensCulture, a pictures assets web site. He labored for Ukrainian information outlet LB.ua and was “well-known” in his area, having collaborated with Reuters, BBC, TRT World and Related Press, in keeping with the legal professional normal’s workplace.