Ukraine said on Saturday photographer and documentary filmmaker Maks Levin was found dead near the capital kyiv after going missing two weeks ago and accused the Russian military of killing him.
“He disappeared in the conflict zone on March 13 in the Kyiv region. His body was found near the village of Guta Mezhygirska on April 1,” presidential aide Andriy Yermak said on Telegram.
Ukraine’s attorney general’s office confirmed Levin was found dead and said he was killed by Russian soldiers.
“According to preliminary information, unarmed Maxim Levin was killed by servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces with two rounds of small arms fire,” he said in a statement on Telegram.
“The occupiers killed a Ukrainian photojournalist.”
He said Levin “disappeared” in March while covering the war with Russia.
An investigation had been opened for “violation of the laws and customs of war” and to determine the exact circumstances of Levin’s death.
“Prosecutors in the Kyiv region continue to document all crimes in the aggressor country in order to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.
The NGO Reporters Without Borders, which works to protect journalists, said on Twitter that Levin was the sixth journalist killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion in late February.
“He was unarmed and wearing a press jacket,” he added. “Targeting journalists is a war crime.”
On March 22, he expressed concern over Levin’s disappearance.
The 40-year-old father of four worked with Ukrainian and international media.
During fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014, he managed to escape encirclement in a town where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers were killed.