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Ukrainian photojournalist Maxim Levin in Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 25 (Stanislav Kozliuk/Reuters)

A Ukrainian photojournalist for a number of major Western news outlets including Reuters and BBC has been killed by Russian forces near Kyiv, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office reported on Saturday.

The Prosecutor’s Office said that the body of Maxim (Max) Levin – who was in control of the ongoing conflict – was found with gunshot wounds in the Vyshgorod region, north of the capital. In a post on FacebookCiting initial reports.

She claimed, “According to preliminary information, soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces were killed by two gunshots to the unarmed Maxim Levin.” The office told CNN that his closest relatives have been notified.

An apartment building destroyed by bombing in Borodinka, Ukraine, on March 3.
An apartment building destroyed by bombing in Borodinka, Ukraine, on March 3 (Maxim Levin/Reuters)

Photographer Marcian Lesicko He told CNN that he was in contact with his friend, known as Maks, on 12 March, the day before he went missing in the North Kyiv region, writing about the fighting and the escape of civilians.

In their last conversations, Lesico said that Levin asked him to come to the Ukrainian capital so that they could cover the war together.

Lesikou, who has worked alongside Levin since 2014 documenting the war in the Donbass, where they have been involved with Ukrainian soldiers for weeks at a time, described his friend in an interview with CNN on March 24 as a lively and formidable reporter, who often sounded like ” He has no fear.”

A Ukrainian soldier hides from an air strike by helicopter near Demidyev, Ukraine on March 10.
A Ukrainian soldier hides from an air strike with a helicopter near Demidyev, Ukraine, March 10 (Maxim Levin/Reuters)

Lysico said that since the outbreak of the war eight years ago, Levin wanted to show the world what was happening in Ukraine, and especially in Russia.

“The best way to understand Max is to look at his work,” Lecico said. “When you watch Max’s movies or see his pictures, you’ll understand him without words.”
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The Prosecutor General’s Office said that the prosecutor’s office of the Vyshgorod region is conducting a criminal investigation into alleged violations of “the laws and customs of war,” adding that “measures are being taken to establish all the circumstances of the crime.”

Levine began working as a photojournalist in 2006, according to his bio on LensCulture, a photography resource site. He worked for the Ukrainian news outlet LB.ua and was “well-known” in his field, having collaborated with Reuters, BBC, TRT World and Associated Press, according to the prosecutor’s office.

In an online statement, LB.ua said Levin lives with four children, a civil partner and two elderly parents. In addition to journalism, LB.ua said, Levin has worked on dozens of photo and video projects for humanitarian organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF and UN Women.

Levine described himself in his autobiography as “a documentary photographer/videographer, dad, human.”

Ukrainian military personnel take up positions at Vasylkiev Air Base near Kyiv on February 27.
Ukrainian soldiers take their positions at Vasylkiev Air Base near Kyiv, February 27 (Maxim Levin/Reuters)

On Saturday, Reuters news agency said it was “deeply saddened” by Levine’s death.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Maxim Levin, a longtime Reuters contributor, in Ukraine,” John Pullman, global managing editor of Reuters Visuals said in a statement to CNN.

Max has provided compelling photos and videos from Ukraine to Reuters since 2013. His death is a great loss to the world of journalism. “Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” said Pullman.

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