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Lithuania identifies alleged killers of Lithuanian documentary filmmaker murdered in besieged Mariupol

Thursday, 29 February 2024, 19:08

The Lithuanian General Prosecutor's Office has identified three individuals suspected of the murder of Mantas Kvedaravičius, a well-known Lithuanian documentary filmmaker who was killed in the besieged city of Mariupol in the spring of 2022.

Source: Lithuanian media outlet LRT, citing Lithuanian Prosecutor General Nida Grunsnienė during a meeting of the Joint Investigation Team in Kyiv, European Pravda writes

Details: According to a Lithuanian investigation, three soldiers from the 1st Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade from the First Army Corps of the so-called "Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)" are considered to be responsible for Kvedaravičius’ death.

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They are suspected of Kvedaravičius’ unlawful arrest, imprisonment, detention and murder, as well as involvement in Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine.

Lithuania has sent a request for legal assistance to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office in order to establish the suspects’ whereabouts, serve them with court orders establishing them as suspects, question them, and take other necessary procedural steps.

Mantas Kvedaravičius, 45, had made a film called Mariupolis some years earlier and was in Mariupol when the full-scale war began. The news of his death became known in early April.

His Ukrainian fiancée managed to get out of Mariupol and take the footage with her. The film based on it, Mariupolis 2, was later screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won a special jury prize.

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