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Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in kyiv bombing


Oksana Baulina had been filming the shelling destruction in the capital’s Podilskyi district by Russian troops when she came under rocket fire. Another civilian died with her, according to The Insider statement. Two people accompanying him were also injured and hospitalized.

Baulina traveled to Ukraine as a correspondent and filed “several reports” from Lviv and Kyiv, The Insider said.

“The Insider expresses its deepest condolences to Oksana’s family and friends,” the outlet said in the statement. “We will continue to cover the war in Ukraine, including Russian war crimes such as indiscriminate shelling of residential areas where civilians and journalists are killed.”

The insider’s statement did not specify when Baulina was killed. But shortly after his release, colleagues took to Twitter to mourn his death.

Baulina was a “journalist with a phenomenal sense of moral clarity”, a former colleague Alexei Kovalyov said in a Twitter post.

Prior to joining the outlet, Baulina worked as a producer for the Anti-Corruption Foundation founded by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to The Insider, which added that “after the organization was listed as extremist organization, she had to leave Russia in order to continue reporting on Russian government corruption for The Insider.”

Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, called Baulina “an excellent, courageous and honest journalist”. “[S]he was our steadfast defender and would always help us,” Yarmysh said. “I don’t even know how to talk about his death and I can’t even imagine all of this.”

Christo Grozevinvestigative reporter at Bellingcat, called her an “incredibly brave Russian journalist” who was “killed by her own country’s army while shelling civilian areas in kyiv’s Podol district”.

“She was killed while reporting the damage caused by the shelling,” Grozev added on Twitter.

Baulina is the fifth journalist killed in Ukraine this month, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom activists.

Gulnoza Said, coordinator of the committee’s Europe and Central Asia program, said Baulina’s death is “another demonstration of the cruelty of Russia’s war against Ukraine”.

Several news crews came under fire while covering the war. Filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed outside kyiv on March 13. His colleague Juan Arredondo was seriously injured. Arredondo wrote on Instagram earlier this week that “five surgeries, I have a long road to recovery.”
The following day, two members of a Fox News crew, Oleksandra Kuvshynova and Pierre Zakrzewski, were killed. Correspondent Benjamin Hall was seriously injured.

Earlier this month, a Ukrainian cameraman, Yevhenii Sakun, was killed in a bombing of a television tower in kyiv, according to CPJ.

“Ukrainian and Russian authorities must do everything in their power to ensure the safety of journalists and all other civilians, and thoroughly investigate attacks on members of the press,” the group said.




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