Ukrainian journalist who claimed in video that Russians saved his life has been released
The digital newspaper Hromatsky, for which he works, reported on Tuesday that Ukrainian journalist Victoria Roshchina had been in the hands of the Russian secret service since March 15 after recording a video claiming that Russian forces had saved her life.
“On March 21, the invaders released Hromatsky’s journalist, Victoria Roshchina, from prison.
A few hours ago, pro-Russian media and channels began broadcasting a video on the Telegram platform in which the journalist rejects any complaints against his captives, claiming that the Russians saved his life.
According to the digital newspaper he works for, the video was a condition of his release and Roshchina recorded it under pressure.
A Ukrainian journalist has been arrested by the Russian security services (the successor to the KGB, the FSP), after returning from a report on the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the eastern town of Encore.
Hromadske condemned the disappearance of his journalist, who had served in the eastern and southern parts of the conflict since the beginning of the Russian offensive, and stressed that he could be in the hands of the FSB.
Ukrainian photojournalist disappeared today
However, the disappearance of a Ukrainian photojournalist in a war zone near the capital has raised fears that he may have been injured, killed or captured by Russian forces.
UNIAN news agency Maksym Levin contacted a friend from Vyshhorod near kyiv on March 13, saying his whereabouts were unknown.
Friend Markiyan Lyseiko said Levine traveled to the area in his vehicle and documented the fighting there.
According to Lysiko, Levine left his car near the village of Huda Mejihirska and drove to the village of Moschun, where he could not be contacted or viewed online.
Maxim Levine has worked as a photojournalist and video director for several Ukrainian and international publications.
The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounced on Monday that a Ukrainian citizen had been working as a “repairer” and translator for foreign newspapers since 2013, after the hijacking of the French channels France 2, BFM TV and RFI on March 5. “tortured on several occasions” by the soldiers.
Detained for nine days, the 32-year-old Ukrainian “repairer” was imprisoned in a frozen basement and “beaten with an iron bar, tortured with electricity and subjected to a simulated death”, writes the NGO.
“Nikita (false name used for security reasons) gave us moving testimony which confirms the seriousness of the war crimes committed by the Russian army against journalists. The least we can do for this courageous young man is to present his testimony to the lawyer of the International Criminal Court”, pleaded the secretary general of RSF, Christophe Deloitte.
Ukrainian journalist Oleg Badur, released on March 20 after being treated like Nikita for eight days by the Russian military, said: “They wanted to destroy me, pass me by and show me what to do. This will happen to all journalists who will be killed.