Opposition supporters on Maidan Square in Kiev where clashes began between protesters and the police on 19 February, 2014 (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin) / RIA Novosti
Andrey Stenin, like many, willingly took up a trade that puts one in harm’s way to get the reality of war across to millions. Now, as journalists, politicians and international organizations rally to rescue him, RT takes a look at his work in Ukraine.
Andrey Stenin was at the center of the Ukrainian coup from the
beginning – documenting the events in Kiev’s Maidan Square in
February, then onto the horrors of Odessa, the Crimea, and now,
the fierce fighting in parts of east Ukraine, where
indiscriminate shelling of settlements by the Ukrainian army has
caused numerous civilian and journalist casualties and mass
Below is some of his highly acclaimed work.
Stenin is an experienced photo-journalist who has been covering
the events in eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk and Slavyansk.
He was declared missing more than a week ago. He was in the
country working on a photo assignment the last anyone heard of
The European Union, the OSCE in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch, the
United Nations, news agencies and numerous others are now
actively investigating, with the Russian government on Tuesday
voicing concern that Stenin’s disappearance, or kidnapping, is
the result of premeditated action by Ukrainian forces. This is
something the country’s SBU has denied, however.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case.
And while the Foreign Ministry in Moscow has appealed to Kiev’s
government to do everything in its power to help in the matter,
there was no immediate official reply.
Instead, it was Ukrainian journalists who joined the search for
Stenin. “The Ukrainian Union of Journalists is trying to obtain
information on Stenin’s whereabouts,” Timur Shafir of the Russian
Union of Journalists told RIA Novosti. The journalists’ union has
also joined by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
and their European coutnerparts, the EFJ.
Stenin has also been documenting the dramatic events in Ukraine
since the beginning of the Maidan protests against President
Viktor Yanukovich’s government in November last year.
As the protests turned violent, Andrey was at the heart of
events, witnessing brutal clashes on Hrushevskogo Street and the
Maidan engulfed in flames.
He was one of the only photo-correspondents who documented the
events of the Maidan protests from both sides of the clashes.
He made rare shots from the police frontline shooting from the
center of the confrontations.
As a professional photographer, Stenin has worked for such news
media as Reuters, The Associated Press, Agence France Presse and
Russia’s Itar-Tass, Kommersant and RIA Novosti.