The war correspondent of the pro-Kremlin Rossiya-24 television, Boris Maksudov, is dead, the media in Moscow reported. Sources in Kiev say that Maksudov was wearing a Russian soldier’s uniform at the time of the Ukrainian drone attack.
One of Russia’s leading propagandists, Vladimir Soloviev, reported that Boris Maksudov died on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, he was seriously injured while filming a report about Ukrainian shelling in the occupied part of the Zaporizhia Oblast.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine hit a group of journalists from Russia with a drone. From the first days (of the armed invasion – ed.) Maksudov worked in the special operation zone (a propaganda term for armed aggression – ed.). He was in Donetsk several times, where he documented the war crimes of the Kiev regime.” – said Soloviev.
In a military uniform
Recordings appeared on Telegram channels showing Maksudov before a Ukrainian drone attack. Media in Kiev noticed that he was not wearing a “Press” patch. However, he was dressed in a military uniform.
“Russian propaganda says that the journalist Boris Maksudov died at the front. If you look like this at the front, you are not a journalist, but a soldier,” wrote Russian independent blogger Jan Matveyev on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
Ukrainian journalist Denys Kazansky wrote that “the lies of propagandists kill them themselves.” He referred to Wednesday’s statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, which said that “Maksudov was immediately evacuated to hospital and that there is no threat to his life.”
“Maksudov was seriously injured near the city of Tokmak. His colleagues lied, saying that the injuries were not serious and that there was no threat to life. He was left in a front-line facility without proper medical care,” wrote Kazański.
Propaganda media in Moscow reported that Maksudov died on the way to a hospital in the city of Dzhankoy in Crimea, where he was to be operated on.
Baza, a Russian Telegram channel, reported on Wednesday that the correspondent had suffered numerous injuries.
The website of the pro-government “Rossiyskoy Gazeta” reported that “Maksudov graduated from the pedagogical faculty of Sochi University, but decided to become a journalist, following in the footsteps of his mother and grandfather. From 2005 to 2018 he worked in the Krasnodar Krai, on state television. Later he moved to Crimea “.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Radio Svoboda, nv.ua, tvn24.pl
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