Journalist, soldier killed in Ukraine have been ‘coldly executed,’ press group says

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A photojournalist and a soldier who have been killed by Russian forces in Ukraine have been “coldly executed,” a press group mentioned.

Maks Levin and serviceman Oleksiy Chernyshov, each Ukrainian, have been killed by Russian forces weeks after the invasion began however new particulars about the place their our bodies have been found recommend they have been executed, Reporters With out Borders mentioned Wednesday.

Levin’s physique was discovered mendacity within the dust, with a single bullet buried within the soil beneath, the group mentioned.

Ukrainian photographer and documentary maker Maks Levin poses in Kyiv on October 10, 2019.

Ukrainian photographer and documentary maker Maks Levin poses in Kyiv on October 10, 2019.
(Picture by Genya Savilov/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

“He was probably killed with one, perhaps two bullets fired at close range when he was already on the ground,” the group decided.

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Levin’s garments and a media helmet have been discovered close by.

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Chernyshov’s physique was burned and was found close to a jerrycan for gasoline, the group mentioned.

Ukrainian servicemen carry the casket bearing the remains of journalist Maks Levin  on April 4, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainian servicemen carry the casket bearing the stays of journalist Maks Levin  on April 4, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
(Picture by Alexey Furman/Getty Photographs)

These findings “show that the two men were doubtless coldly executed,” Reporters With out Borders mentioned.

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Their our bodies have been initially discovered on April 1 close to the village Huta Mezhyhirska, north of Kyiv. 

They have been final heard from on March 13, days after Levin reported being below hearth from Russian troopers on March 10.

A man touches the coffin as he pays respects to journalist Maks Levin during his funeral on April 4, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

A person touches the coffin as he pays respects to journalist Maks Levin throughout his funeral on April 4, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. 
(Picture by Alexey Furman/Getty Photographs)

A funeral was held for Levin on April 4, 2022, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

Reporters With out Borders clarified they have been unable to substantiate whether or not the our bodies had been autopsied.

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The Related Press contributed to this report.

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