Reporter in the Ukraine Finds Truth Is the First Casualty of War

I don’t want to describe the details about the above video report investigating an incident in eastern Ukraine, as it will spoil its message for you. So just press play.

But I will say it’s powerful, saddening, and it’s what journalism should be about—the truth. What BBC’s Natalia Antelava ultimately unravels shows how the media can be used by the powers to be to drive a particular agenda.

It also shows through her work what the media can and should do.

Full marks to Antelava and her crew for their reporting.

BBC’s Natalia Antelava reporting from eastern Ukraine. (Image: YouTube)

BBC’s Natalia Antelava reporting from eastern Ukraine. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Battleground executions

While many question the Russian media, most take note when Amnesty International raises concerns on a human rights issue. AI issued a statement on Thursday detailing how they have uncovered evidence of “execution-style killings” being carried out by pro-Russian rebels in the Donbass region.

“The new evidence of these summary killings confirms what we have suspected for a long time,” said Denis Krivosheev, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director at AI.

“The torture, ill-treatment and killing of captured, surrendered or wounded soldiers are war crimes. These claims must be promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigated, and the perpetrators prosecuted in fair trials by recognized authorities.”

AI’s statement details the fate of one Ukrainian soldier, Ihor Branovytsky, who was captured and then executed by rebels during the battle for Donetsk Airport in February. Several other Ukrainian soldiers are believed to have met the same fate.

AI says that a Russian national, Arseniy Pavlov (who also goes by the nickname Motorola), is Branovytsky’s alleged killer. This is Pavlov below during the battle for Donetsk Airport.


Leader of a rebel group called the “Sparta Battalion,” Pavlov also told a radio interviewer on April 3 that he executed 15 Ukrainian soldiers.

“I don’t give a f*** about what I am accused of, believe it or not,” Pavlov said. “I shot 15 prisoners dead. I don’t give a f***. No comment. I kill if I want to. I don’t if I don’t.”

You can listen to Pavlov’s brief interview with the Kyiv Post below:

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