War in pictures: Ukrainian Defense Ministry сuts ties with photographer over purported 'combat' photos - RFE/RL

13:11 Aug. 29, 2016

Ukrainian Defense Ministry сuts ties with photographer over purported 'combat' photos - RFE/RL

Photo by Dmytro Muravskiy/Facebook

Photographer Dmytro Muravskiy insists that he has never staged any photos of combat in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Ministry has cut ties with a photographer who served as a ministry adviser amid controversy over the authenticity of photographs purportedly showing combat scenes in eastern Ukraine.

Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on August 28 that he made the decision to release photographer Dmytro Muravskiy from his position as a ministry advisor "due to the ongoing debates about photographs" taken by him.

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Poltorak said all of the photos in question had been taken by Muravskiy before his appointment to the post. Poltorak said the ministry never used them or presented them to media as legitimate scenes of real military operations.

Earlier in August, a group of Ukrainian photojournalists raised concerns about a photo by Muravskiy, which depicted Ukrainian soldiers in the country's east fighting against Russia-backed separatists.

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