Prominent Ukrainian photographer found dead near Kyiv after going missing on March 13

2 April, 02:56 PM
Photojournalist Max Levin died in Kyiv region while documenting Russia's war against Ukraine (Photo:Maks Levin / Facebook)

Photojournalist Max Levin died in Kyiv region while documenting Russia's war against Ukraine (Photo:Maks Levin / Facebook)

Renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker Maks Levin has been found dead near the village of Huta Mezhyhirska in Kyiv Oblast, the media outlet reported on April 2, citing police.

Levin, accompanied by Oleksiy Chernyshov, a serviceman and former photographer, travelled to the village on March 13 to document the consequences of the Russian aggression. They left the car and headed towards the village of Moshchun. After that, contact was lost with both men.

Heavy fighting was later reported in the area.

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No updates on the whereabouts and fate of Chernyshov have been reported at this stage.

Levin, born in 1981, had worked as a photojournalist, documentary photographer and cameraman for many Ukrainian and international publications.

For more than 10 years he worked in the editorial office of, while also working with Reuters, the BBC, Associated Press, and Ukraine’s hromadske. His work was published by the Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Moscow Time,, ELLE, and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, among others.

Most of his documentaries are related to the war in Ukraine. "Every Ukrainian photographer dreams of taking a photo that will stop the war," Levin once said.

In 2014, together with his colleague Markiyan Lyseyko, Levin founded the AFTER ILOVAISK military project to preserve and rethink the significance of the events of August 2014 by the military, their families and citizens of Ukraine in general. Levin was one of those who managed to get out of the Ilovaisk encirclement alive.

On top of journalism, he has created dozens of photo and video projects for humanitarian organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the UN, UNICEF, OSCE, and UN Women.

Chernyshov and Levin worked together for many years. At the height of the Revolution of Dignity, they were wounded during a picket near the Kyiv-Sviatoshynskyi court on Jan. 10, 2014.

From the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Levin worked in the Kyiv Oblast. Follow this link to see the last pictures from the photojournalist.

Maks Levin is survived by four young sons, his wife, and elderly parents.

Funeral and family assistance:

Monobank: 4441114420335646 - Zoryana Stelmakh;

PrivatBank: 5168757403122528 - Inna Varenytsia.

The family will announce the date and venue of the funeral in the near future.

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