At least seven journalists have been killed during the war in Ukraine, most recently Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius who died trying to leave Mariupol on April 2, the Committee to Protect Journalists report. Several journalists have been injured or detained, says CPJ’s Gulnoza Said.
Ukrainian ministry of defence said Kvedaravicius’ car was shot at by Russian occupiers while trying to leave Mariupol. The Lithuanian news agency 15min. It reported that Kvedaravičius was immediately taken to the hospital, but did not survive, International Press Institute says.
Mantas Kvedaravičius, 45, was best known for his conflict-zone documentary “Mariupolis”, which premiered in 2016 at the Berlin Film Festival that year. In 2011, Kvedaravičius made the film “Barzakh”, about war-torn Chechnya, which won the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.
In total, seven journalists have been killed due to their profession in relation to the Russian war against Ukraine according to IPI’s Death Watch.
On March 1, TV cameraman Yevhenii Sakun was killed as a result of a Russian missile strike on Kyiv’s television tower.
On March 14, award-winning American filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed when his car came under fire shortly after he had passed a checkpoint near Irpin outside of Kyiv.
On March 15, Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and local producer Oleksandra ‘Sasha’ Kuvshinova were killed when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire in Horenka, on the outskirts of Kyiv.
On March 23, journalist Oksana Baulina lost her life when she came under new rocket fire near Kyiv.
On April 1, 2022, Ukrainian photographer and documentary maker Maks (Maksim) Levin was found dead in the Kyiv region. He had been missing since March 13.