A recent combat picture, supposedly taken in Ukraine’s war-ravaged east by a Ministry of Defense adviser, who was recently dismissed from his duties, has been unveiled as “fake” following a public outcry. A prominent Ukrainian war photographer explains why.
The dramatic picture in question which went viral this month shows two Ukrainian soldiers, carrying their wounded comrade, while a huge explosion is visible behind their backs, sending a plume of smoke into the air.
The author of the photo Dmitry Muravsky, an amateur photographer who served as an adviser to the Ukrainian Defense Minister claimed it was made on June 4 in the village of Shirokino, located on the firing line between the government forces and rebels in east Ukraine.
However in an open letter signed by numerous Ukrainian journalists and photographers, people claimed it was a fake and said they “strongly condemn such manipulative activities.”