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Russia to raise issue of journalists’ murders in Ukraine with UN — Deputy FM

September 03, 2014, 19:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian state news agency Rossiya Segodnya, formerly RIA Novosti, confirmed on Wednesday that its photojournalist Andrei Stenin was killed in Ukraine a month ago
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MOSCOW, September 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will bluntly raise the issue of murders, abductions and violence committed in regard to journalists working in Ukraine at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote in his Twitter account on Wednesday.

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.

Russian television journalist Anatoly Klyan was killed in late June after a bus he was riding in with other journalists came under fire in the Donetsk Region. The 68-year-old journalist worked as a cameraman for state-run television broadcaster Channel One and had 40 years of television work experience.

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.

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