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Russian state news agency Rossiya Segodnya, formerly RIA Novosti, confirmed on Wednesday that its photojournalist Andrei Stenin was killed in Ukraine a month ago. Stenin disappeared in embattled southeast Ukraine while reporting on the armed conflict in Donetsk, Sloviansk and other war-torn areas of the country. Contact with him was lost on August 5.
Rossiya Segodnya confirmed that his death had been established by forensic experts. Russia's Investigative Committee said the photographer was killed when Ukrainian military opened fire on a refugee convoy near Donetsk on August 6.
The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded from the Kiev authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into Stenin’s murder and punish those responsible for his death.
Work of Russian journalists in Ukraine’s war-torn southeastern regions repeatedly raised international concerns in terms of their security and the killing of 33-year-old Stenin added up to murders of three other Russian journalists working in Russia’s embattled neighboring country.
Two correspondents from Russian central television and radio broadcasting company VGTRK, special correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin, were killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on June 17.
They came under mortar fire near a roadblock of militia as they were filming a TV report about people’s militias helping to evacuate refugees from the combat zone. Journalists bore clearly visible media insignia at the moment of the attack. According to eyewitnesses, a mortar shell exploded near the Russian filming crew. Sound engineer Voloshin died at the scene and Kornelyuk died later at a local hospital.
Moreover, on May 24 Italian photo correspondent Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov were killed in mortar fire near the city of Sloviansk.