Journalist Victoria Roshchyna missing in Russian-occupied territory | EUROtoday

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Victoria Roshchyna, a Ukrainian freelance journalist, has been missing since she went on a reporting journey to Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine two months in the past, elevating considerations amongst household, colleagues and advocates that Russia may very well be holding her captive.

Roshchyna was final heard from on Aug. 3, in keeping with the International Women’s Media Foundation, which mentioned in an announcement that it was “extremely concerned for her safety.”

Elisa Lees Muñoz, the IWMF’s govt director, mentioned in a telephone interview that Roshchyna’s colleagues — different journalists masking the battle — have expressed rising concern concerning the disappearance.

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“That they went public with this is really indicative of their desperation,” she mentioned, as drawing consideration to such a case can generally be “considered a provocation” by the missing individual’s captors.

The Daily Beast on Wednesday revealed a report from Kyiv concerning the disappearance by Anna Nemtsova, a Russian journalist whom Lees Muñoz described as a buddy and colleague of Roshchyna’s.

“I think it’s time to raise hell and publish,” Nemtsova informed Lees Muñoz. “At least if she’s in the basement, they’ll stop torturing her.”

Roshchyna informed her household on Aug. 3 that she had made it by way of border checks however didn’t say the place she was, in keeping with the Daily Beast report. She had departed from Ukraine on July 27 sure for Russian-controlled territory in japanese Ukraine, transiting by way of Poland and Russia to get to the contested area, Nemtsova reported, citing Vladimir Roshchyn, Roshchyna’s father.

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Roshchyn informed Nemtsova that Ukrainian safety companies had knowledgeable him that his daughter had been captured by Russia. Ukrainian officers didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark.

Roshchyna was held captive by Russia in March 2022, after she was captured by Russian forces in japanese Ukraine. She was held for 10 days in Berdyansk, and later chronicled her time in captivity in a report for the Ukrainian information outlet Hromadske.

Her father informed Nemtsova that he had informed Roshchyna to keep away from going to the entrance strains of the battle following her kidnapping in 2022. He supplied to pay her to not go, however she insisted on persevering with to report from essentially the most treacherous battlegrounds, the place atrocities usually go unseen due to the acute hazard to journalists and human rights advocates.

That persistence might have been unwise, in keeping with different journalists and observers, who expressed dismay on Facebook at Roshchyna’s determination to enterprise into Russian-occupied territories after she had already been held captive as soon as.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New-York based mostly press freedom group, not less than 17 journalists have been killed in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion started final yr. The toll consists of Ukrainian journalist Maks Levin, who Reporters Without Borders says was executed by Russian forces, in keeping with an investigation by the group. He was discovered lifeless after he went missing in March 2022. Ukrainian author Victoria Amelina died in a strike in June on a restaurant widespread with journalists and assist employees in Kramatorsk, close to the entrance strains of the battle.

The IWMF acknowledged Roshchyna with its Courage in Journalism award final yr. Roshchyna mentioned of reporting on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: “I do not consider it courage but rather my professional duty.”

Siobhan O’Grady contributed to this report.