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Former "Suspilne Mykolaiv" cameraman Oleksandr Popov killed in action

24.11.2023, 23:40
Photo: Suspilne Mykolaiv
Photo: Suspilne Mykolaiv

Oleksandr Popov, a former cameraman for "Suspilne Mykolaiv", was killed in action near Kupyansk (Kharkiv oblast) on November 22. He was defending Ukraine as part of the separate amphibious assault brigade No. 95.

Suspilne reports this, citing Oleksandr's sister Olesya Simonenko.

"Sanya, forgive us, darling. You are forever in our hearts..." the sister wrote.

Photo – Olesya Symonenko on Facebook

Oleksandr Popov worked as a cameraman at the Mykolaiv Oblast State Broadcasting Company since 2005, and later at "Suspilne Mykolaiv" until September 2019.

"Suspilne Mykolaiv" correspondent, Valentyna Hurova, said that Oleksandr was one of the best cameramen she had ever worked with.

"Sasha is one of those people who supported, advised and mentored me. I always liked and sincerely shared his pro-Ukrainian stance. He is a patriot, a real one. I will never forget us filming Immortal Regiment procession on May 9, 2017. We were as in tune as two people could be. That's when Sasha taught me that a journalist and a cameraman should be a team and have each other's back. He is one of the best cameramen I've ever worked with. Kind, sensitive, cheerful," said Hurova.

In April 2023, he was drafted into the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He studied to be a mortarman, and was wounded as soon as September, in the first battle in the Donbas. He went back to the front line after the rehab.

"Suspilne Mykolaiv" correspondent Fedir Bondar said that he worked with Oleksandr since his first days as a cameraman. "He was 20 at the time. Cheerful, sincere, quick to learn. We were with him on business trips, in the fields, at factories... As a journalist, I don't remember him ever letting me down as a cameraman. I don't want to believe that he is no longer with us. He will forever remain a cheerful and good friend," Bondar recalls.

Alexander was 38 years old.

According to IMI, Oleksandr Popov is the 70th media person to die as a result of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

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