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Photographer Dmytro Muravskiy has stood by this photo -- and is threatening to sue his detractors
Amos Chapple, Radio Free Europe: War Of Words Over Ukraine 'Combat' Photo
It could be one of the greatest war photographs ever taken – or a fake.
A controversy is escalating in Ukraine over a photo that seems to capture the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in a single frame. It shows two soldiers carrying a wounded comrade down a dirt road as an explosion rips up the ground behind them, sending smoke into the sky. An empty baby carriage stands near a blown-out building by the road.
But a group of Ukrainian photojournalists is crying foul over the photo by Dmytro Muravskiy, who works with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
In an open letter published this week, they contend that the photograph was staged and call it part of a “clumsy” attempt by the ministry to engage in an information war with Russia.
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WNU Editor: I do not know if this photo is a fake or not .... but I have learned over the past two years to not trust anyone in this conflict .... photos included.