Missing Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin found dead in combat zone

Ukrainian photojournalist and filmmaker Maksim “Maks” Levin has been found dead after going missing last month.

Levin’s body was found in the village of Huta Mezhyhirska in Vyshhorod district – an area that was heavily shelled by Russian forces – where he had reported on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. .

Ukraine’s attorney general’s office said in a statement that Levin was killed by shots fired by members of the Russian military, the Associated Press reported. An inquest into his death is ongoing.

Born in kyiv, Levin, 40, is survived by his wife and four sons. He has worked with many Ukrainian media as well as international news agencies, including the Associated Press, Reuters and the BBC.

“Maks has provided compelling photos and video of Ukraine to Reuters since 2013,” Reuters global visuals editor John Pullman said in a statement. “His death is a huge loss to the world of journalism.”

Levin joins the growing number of journalists killed during the war. Ukrainian cameraman Yevhenii Sakun was killed when Russian forces bombed a television tower in Kyiv. Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and entrepreneur Oleksandra Kuvshynova were both killed in Horenka, a town outside kyiv. American filmmaker Brent Renaud was shot and killed in Irpin. And Oksauna Baulina, a Russian journalist who gave up her successful career as a fashion editor to become a journalist critical of the Kremlin, was killed when the Russians bombed kyiv.

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