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NEW YORK, September 04 /ITAR-TASS/. New-York-based independent nonprofit organization Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the Ukrainian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the death of Rossiya Segodnya phorographer Andrei Stenin, according to a statement publish of CPJ official website on Thursday.
“We condemn the killing of Andrei Stenin, which calls attention once again to the dangers of covering the conflict in Ukraine from any side," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.
"We urge Ukrainian authorities to do their utmost to conduct an effective probe into the circumstances of his death, and call on pro-Russia separatists to allow investigators access to the territory where Stenin was reportedly found," she said.
Andrei Stenin went missing in eastern Ukraine on August 5. On Wednesday reports said that Stenin died last month near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk when the car he was riding in came under mortar shelling and burnt up. The results of the forensic expertise proved the reporter’s death. Moscow has remanded Kiev conduct a thorough investigation and punish those responsible.