Ukraine, six years after the death of Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin in Donbass, has not announced the results of its investigation and has not handed over documents to Russia. This was announced on Thursday, August 6, to RIA Novosti by the Investigative Committee of Russia.
“The Investigative Committee sent a request for legal assistance to the competent authorities of Ukraine in order to clarify the circumstances of the incident, as well as the subsequent prosecution of those responsible. However, a formal refusal was received. The results of the Ukrainian investigation of this fact are still not known to the Russian side, ”the message says.
It is also noted that the Investigative Committee, together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB, continues to identify those involved in the murder of the journalist, and is also taking measures to obtain copies of documents from the “competent authorities of Ukraine”.
On September 3, 2014, the investigation established the circumstances of Stenin’s death. He died during the attack of the Ukrainian military on the militias and refugees. It is noted that on the evening of August 6, he was driving a Renault Logan as part of a convoy of refugees along the Snezhnoe – Dmitrovka highway. The column was guarded by six militias. Northwest of the settlement of Dmitrovka, the Ukrainian army, presumably the 79th airmobile brigade, opened fire on this convoy from the BMP-2 and the tank.
Investigators add that the fire came from high-explosive shells and Kalashnikov tank machine guns. In total, more than a dozen vehicles with civilians were hit.
After Stenin’s death, a prize for photojournalists was established in his honor. It is organized by MIA Rossiya Segodnya, aiming at supporting young photographers and drawing public attention to contemporary journalism.
On September 5, 2014, Stenin was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage. The presidential decree noted that the photojournalist received this award for heroism displayed in the performance of his professional duty.