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Exhibition about russia's media crimes to be held in Boyarka, deceased photojournalist Maksym Levin's home city

05.07.2022, 13:10

On July 7, at 5:00 p.m., the opening of The War Is Not Over Yet photo exhibition will take place in Taras Shevchenko Park in Boyarka, Kyiv region. The project is designed to tell the stories of those who make the world aware of the war that russia has unleashed against Ukraine: the journalists who have been killed, injured, fired upon, captured, or persecuted since the start of the full-scale invasion.

After the exhibition's presentation in Kyiv, the organizers will show it in Boyarka, the home city of the deceased journalist Max Levin. He had been filming the war for eight years, from its very beginning; covered the Revolution of Dignity, was on the Maidan in the days of the fiercest hostilities. In August 2014, together with colleagues Markiyan Lyseiko, Ivan Lyubysh-Kirdei, and Gosha Tykhy, they miraculously escaped from the Ilovaisk encirclement. After that, Afterilovaisk documentary project about the military and civilians who had gone through this tragedy was created. Maks Levin had worked for LB.ua, Hromadske, Reuters, BBC, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and Radio Liberty. After February 24, 2022, Maks had to film the war in his home, in Kyiv region. On March 13, he was in contact for the last time. On April 1, his body was found in Huta Mezhyhirska village: the russians killed the journalist with two shots. According to RSF's own investigation, Maks Levin could have been executed by the russian military. Maks Levin would have turned 41 on July 7, 2022.

Levin was posthumously awarded the Order "For Courage" of the III degree and the special Heorhiy Gongadze Award for outstanding contribution to the development of Ukrainian photography, dedication to the profession, and courage.

Maks Levin was one of the first journalists to die at the hands of the russians. There are currently 33 of them:

  • 8 died in the course of their work;
  • 14 died while defending Ukraine in the ranks of the UAF;
  • 11 were killed by russian shelling or torture.

At least 14 journalists have been injured.

At least 15 are missing, among them UNIAN correspondent Dmytro Khylyuk, who was captured in Kyiv region.

The exhibition The War Is Not Over Yet is a show of solidarity with Ukrainian media workers – the men and women who fight for the truth, risking their own lives. Some drop their professional activities and join the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Some are actively fighting on the information front, recording the course of the war and telling the truth about it to the world. Thanks to Ukrainian journalists, photographers, camerapeople and fixers, the international community learns the news from the frontline and sees evidence of russian war crimes.

You can see the photo exhibition in Boyarka until July 28. Link to Facebook event.

The event is held with the support of: Ukrainian PEN, Institute of Mass Information, ZMINA Human Rights Center, National Museum of the Revolution of Dignity, Lviv Media Forum, Heorhiy Gongadze Award.

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