BY Reuters

Lithuanian documentary filmmaker killed in Mariupol

Lithuanian film director Mantas Kvedaravicius was killed on 2 April in Mariupol, the Ukrainian city he had documented for many years, according to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry and a colleague.

"While (he was) trying to leave Mariupol, Russian occupiers killed Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius," the ministry's information agency tweeted on Sunday. Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

Kvedaravicius, 45, was best known for his conflict-zone documentary "Mariupolis", which premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. The film paints a portrait of Mariupol, a strategic port in a largely Russian-speaking part of eastern Ukraine where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.

"Mantas Kvedaravicius, was murdered today in Mariupol, with a camera in his hands, in this shitty war of evil, against the whole world," Russian film director Vitaly Mansky, founder of the Artdocfest arts festival in which Kvedaravicius was a participant, said on Facebook.