In early April 2022, freelance journalist Zoreslav Zamoysky was found dead by local residents on a street in Bucha, a city near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, according to statements by the Ukrainian National Union of Journalists (NUJU) and the Irpin city council. Those sources did not state the exact date his body was found and said it appeared to be a “violent” death.
Zamoysky regularly covered the war on his personal Facebook page, where he had about 1,000 followers, and his last post was published on March 4, 2022. CPJ was unable to confirm which organizations Zamoysky recently worked for or what he reported on.
Iryna Fedorov, founder of the news website Hromada Priirpinnya, told the NUJU that Zamoysky had previously covered the activities of local authorities in the region around Bucha and the city of Irpin as a freelancer for his outlet and other local media groups. The NUJU statement said that Zamoysky also worked as an activist but did not describe the nature of his activism.
Russian forces occupied Bucha from February 27 to March 31, according to reports. On April 12, the head of the Kyiv regional military administration, Oleksandr Pavlyuk, announced that Russian forces killed more than 400 civilians during their occupation of the city.
CPJ emailed the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Kyiv Regional State Administration, and the Irpin city council for comment but did not receive any replies.