During the last month and a half of war in Ukraine, the international community has followed the terrible consequences of the conflict. Through photos, videos and sounds, the West judges and reacts to this terrible reality. This is possible thanks to the journalists who risk their lives on the ground every day.
One of those is Krisztián Elek, a freelance photographer. He has been visiting different parts of Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. He has just returned to kyiv after being in Bucha just a few days ago.
He assures that the situation is even more shocking than what is seen on television, so sometimes he can only take photos with his eyes closed.
“I can take a lot of things, but I couldn’t take this. A 2-year-old girl had her family killed. They were in an evacuation convoy, they were in the last car when the Russians started shooting at them with heavy machine guns. The family He had a white flag on the car, also a sign that said Dytyna, which means “child”. They didn’t care, the Russians blew up the whole car,” Elek tells us during a video call.
The photographer was in the surroundings of the capital a few days after the withdrawal of the Russian troops. He told Euronews that the area had become completely uninhabitable after Russian soldiers were ordered to burn houses and shoot anything that could move before leaving.
“They totally stripped a man in the middle of the street and started looking for Nazi tattoos on his body.”
According to Krisztián Elek, the Russian officers believed they were defending their country. Although many simply dedicated themselves to torturing and partying while forcing the Ukrainians to dig their own graves in the middle of the night. Being shot or not was a matter of luck. He explains that this was the story of a woman whose husband was shot in the head by the Russians.
“I understand that someone does not always believe what the media says” – adds Elek and insists- “But I think you have to believe it. Or else, you have to come see it. Not just talk from afar. This is terrible. I’m not trying to be a know-it-all. It’s just that when you’re on the brink of the mass grave, it’s hard to believe it’s fiction and they’re actors.”
Elek says he uses his photos to fight Russian propaganda.