Russian troops burn Ukrainian soldier alive, says RSF

Ukrainian photojournalist Maksim Levin and his soldier friend Oleksiy Chernyshov were “executed in cold blood” by Russian troops, according to an investigation.

What happened: An investigative report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says Levin, who was killed during the early weeks of the Russia-Ukraine war, was likely tortured before being executed.

“The evidence against the Russian forces is overwhelming,” the press freedom group said.

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Levin, a longtime contributor to Reuters news agency, was found dead on April 1 along with his friend Chernyshov in a forest about 12 miles (20 kilometers) outside Kiev — long after they went missing on March 13.

The group said the evidence suggests the couple were “executed in cold blood by Russian troops, probably after being interrogated and tortured, on the day they went missing.”

Investigators also found bullets from the crime scene, which they say are widely used by the Russian armed forces.

Levin is one of at least eight journalists killed by the Russian military since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, according to RSF’s tally.

The report concluded two possible scenarios in Levin’s case, including the possibility that the journalist and his soldier friend were shot after being spotted by Russian troops. Another creature, the pair may have been intercepted in their car and then interrogated and tortured – possibly even burning Chernyshov alive.

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