Mantas Kvedaraviius, Lithuanian documentary filmmaker, killed in Mariupol amid Russia-Ukraine war
- Mantas Kvedaraviius, a Lithuanian documentary filmmaker, was killed in Mariupol
- Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausda issued a statement expressing his sympathies
- In recent weeks, Mariupol has been bombarded heavily by Russian strikes
Mantas Kvedaraviius, a Lithuanian documentary filmmaker, was killed in Mariupol, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's media department, which posted the news on Twitter on Sunday.
In recent weeks, Mariupol has been bombarded heavily by Russian strikes.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausda issued a statement expressing his sympathies.
“We have lost not only in Lithuania, but also in the world, a well-known creator, who until the last moment, despite the danger, worked in Ukraine, which was attacked by the aggressor Russia. I wish strength and strength to M. Kvedaravičius' relatives, friends and all fans of his talent, " Nausėda said.
Lana Estemirova, the daughter of Natalia Estemirova, a Chechen human rights investigator slain in 2009, lamented Kvedaraviius' death on Twitter.
“Mantas was a family friend, a frequent guest in our Grozny flat. A brave and kind soul. I can’t believe this,” Estemirova said.
“RIP dearest Mantas -- a true artist, cinema poet, mysterious and brave soul. A terrible loss for Lithuanian cinema community and all the world. Our hearts are broken,” Giedre Zickyte, a Lithuanian documentary filmmaker, announced the news on Facebook.
The documentary "Mariupolis" by Kvedaraviius premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016.
His documentary "Barzakh," which focuses on Russia's war in Chechnya, won the Amnesty International Film Prize in 2011.
Several other journalists, photojournalists, and video journalists have been killed in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine so far.
Maks Levin was a Ukrainian photojournalist and documentary photographer who worked for the Ukrainian news website LB.ua. Levin was discovered dead on April 1 near the town of Huta Mezhyhirska, on the outskirts of Kyiv, after going missing for many days. According to the Institute of Mass Information, he died as a result of two rounds fired by Russian soldiers.
Brent Renaud, an award-winning American video journalist and documentary filmmaker, was killed in Ukraine by Russian soldiers. The 50-year-old was killed by Russian soldiers in Irpin, a Kyiv suburb, according to Kyiv police head Andriy Nebytov. Renaud was struck in the neck and killed instantly. He was shooting migrants fleeing Kyiv as a result of the conflict.
Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, was killed in Ukraine while reporting in Horenka with Fox News global affairs journalist Benjamin Hall, network chief Suzanne Scott announced.