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Pictures of courage: A look at the acclaimed work of missing Russian photographer Andrey Stenin

Published time: August 12, 2014 18:31
Edited time: August 12, 2014 19:39
Opposition supporters on Maidan Square in Kiev where clashes began between protesters and the police on 19 February, 2014 (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

Opposition supporters on Maidan Square in Kiev where clashes began between protesters and the police on 19 February, 2014 (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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.

Read more: Missing Russian reporter in E. Ukraine may be arrested – Kiev official

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 displacement.

Below is some of his highly acclaimed work.

The crash site of the Malaysian Boeing 777 outside Shakhtyorsk, Donetsk Region. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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 him.

Aftermath of an artillery attack by the Ukrainian army on the Artyom district in Slavyansk. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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.

The aftermath of an artillery shelling of Slavyansk by the Ukrainian military. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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.

Resident of a building destroyed by an artillery bombardment of Slavyansk by Ukrainian servicemen and her neighbor who was killed when she was sitting on a bench in near the doorway. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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.

Opposition supporters on Maidan Square in Kiev where clashes between protesters and police began. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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.

Rioters clash with law enforcement personnel on Hrushevskogo Street in Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

As the protests turned violent, Andrey was at the heart of events, witnessing brutal clashes on Hrushevskogo Street and the Maidan engulfed in flames.

Supporters of European integration of Ukraine clash with the police in the center of Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

He was one of the only photo-correspondents who documented the events of the Maidan protests from both sides of the clashes.

A participant of the pro-EU integration rallies is seen on Grushevskogo Street in Kiev. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

He made rare shots from the police frontline shooting from the center of the confrontations.

Police officers are seen on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in Kiev, where clashes began between protesters and the police on February 19, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)

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.

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