Russian journalist killed in shelling of Ukrainian capital

Oksana Baulina. — Collected

A Russian journalist from the investigative newspaper The Insider was killed when Russian troops shelled a residential area of ​​the Ukrainian capital, the media said on Wednesday, the latest journalist to die in the war.

Oksana Baulina, who previously worked for Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption group, ‘died under fire in Kyiv’ as she ‘filmed the destruction’ caused by Russian bombing, The Insider said. on its website.

Another civilian was killed alongside Baulina in the strike and two other people were injured, he added.

Baulina had worked for Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation until it was declared an extremist organization last year.

This prompted her to leave the country and continue reporting on corruption in Russia for The Insider, the outlet said. After Russia invaded Ukraine a month ago, Baulina filed several reports from Kyiv and Lviv in western Ukraine for the media.

“The Insider extends its deepest condolences to Oksana’s family and friends,” he said.

Baulina’s colleagues took to social media to mourn her loss.

Vladimir Milov, who worked with her in Navalny’s group, swore to avenge her.

“I will never forget him and to all those responsible for his death, I promise they won’t get away with (only) a trial and verdict,” Milov said on Twitter.

“How unbelievably awful,” wrote Lyubov Sobol, another prominent member of Navalny’s team.

Sergiy Tomilenko, head of the Ukrainian journalists’ union, confirmed Baulina’s death in a statement on Facebook, saying she was reporting on the aftermath of a bombardment when she was hit by further gunfire.

Earlier Wednesday, Tomilenko’s group said a cameraman for a local TV station in the beleaguered southern city of Mariupol had also died.

Other journalists killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine include an American videographer, a Franco-Irish cameraman and a Ukrainian producer.

Christi C. Elwood