March 3rd, 2015
September 3rd, 2014
Photojournalist Serhiy Nikolayev was killed Saturday by a mortar shell near the village of Pesky, Ukraine, Reuters reports. The wire agency cited online reports from Sevodnya—the Ukranian daily newspaper for whom Nikolayev was shooting—that there had been artillery fire directed at Pesky, which is northwest of the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Nikolayev had been on assignment with his colleague Bodgan Rossinsky, Sevodnya reports. Rossinksy was not seriously injured.
According to Reuters, the shelling took place even though a ceasefire had been in place since February 15, when government troops and rebel forces pulled “heavy weapons” from the frontline. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, says he will introduce a bill to parliament to formally request deployment of U.N. peacekeepers to monitor the ceasefire.
The Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) called yesterday for the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists to ensure the safety of journalists covering the conflict in east Ukraine, following Nikolayev’s death. Nikolayev’s editor, Olga Guk, called him “the bravest of professionals” in a statement.
August 12th, 2014
Andrei Stenin, 33, a photographer with the Russian state agency RIA Novosti, who had been reported missing in the eastern Ukraine August 5, has been found dead, his agency confirmed today. In a statement, Dmitry Kiselev, the head of RIA Novosti, said Stenin had been traveling in a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians fleeing the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops. “His car was hit by shots and it had been burnt on the road close to Donetsk,” a stronghold of pro-Russian rebels where Stenin had been reporting before he disappeared. An autopsy confirmed a body found in the car was Stenin’s.
After his disappearance, RIA Novosti published a report, based on an anonymous source, that Stenin was being held by the Ukrainian security service (SBU). Though SBU denied the allegation, RIA Novosti, Russian media organizations and international press freedom groups around the world had advocated for his release. Kisolev told press today, “It turns out he was not a prisoner, he has been dead a month.”
The Russian foreign ministry called on Ukraine’s government to conduct a “thorough and unbiased investigation into the murder of Andrei Stenin and severely punish those responsible.”
Photographer Reported Missing in Eastern Ukraine
May 27th, 2014
© Rossiya Segodnya/images by Andrei Stenin
Andrei Stenin, a photojournalist for the Russian state agency Rossiya Segodnya (also called RIA Novosti) has been missing since August 5, when he last reported to his agency while covering the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and military forces supporting the Ukraine government near the cities of Donetsk and Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine. According to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and other news organizations Rossiya Segodnya has reported, citing an anonymous source, that Stenin is being held by the Ukrainian security service (SBU). SBU denies the allegation.
Rossiya Segodnya has launched a publicity campaign to lobby for his release. Dmitry Kiselev, the head of the agency, told the press that Stenin’s work has been “purely humanitarian in nature.”
Stenin’s photos are being displayed at the Rossiya Segodnya headquarters in Moscow, and the agency has posted a gallery of photos he’s taken in Ukraine since January.
The images Stenin last filed with his agency showed armed combat between separatist militia and Ukrainian government forces, and the capture of Ukrainian soldiers in Shakhtyorsk, outside Donetsk.
Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli, and his Russian interpreter, Andrei Mironov, were killed May 25 by mortar fire near Slavyansk in the Eastern Ukraine, the Italian foreign ministry reported.
They had been covering fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the region. William Roguelon, a French photojournalist who was traveling with Rocchelli and Mironov, told news organizations that they came under mortar fire and had taken shelter in a ditch when they were hit. Roguelon is now recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.
Rocchelli, 30, had previously covered stories in the Caucuses, Afghanistan, India, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, the NPPA reports. This year, he covered the protests in Kiev’s Maidan Square. In 2008, Rochelli cofounded the photo collective Cesura. He is survived by his girlfriend and their son, age 3.
Mironov, 60, was a human rights activist who had been imprisoned as a dissident during the Soviet regime.