Russian journalist Oksana Baulina died after a rocket strike on a shopping center in Kyiv

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Russian journalist Oksana Baulina
Oksana Baulina, the chief of video operations at the foundation run by the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, speaking after a live broadcast at the office of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption in Moscow on May 16, 2017.Pavel Golovkin/AP
  • A Russian journalist died in an airstrike at a shopping center in Kyiv, a Russian news site said.

  • Oksana Baulina reported for The Insider and previously worked for the Anti-Corruption Foundation.

  • She's one of several journalists who have died or been injured while reporting on Russia's invasion.

A Russian journalist died in an airstrike on a shopping center in a neighborhood in Kyiv, Ukraine, the independent Russian news site The Insider said in a statement.

Oksana Baulina, 42, a reporter for The Insider, was on assignment in Ukraine filming the destruction of Russian shelling in the Podil neighborhood of Kyiv. She was one of two people who were killed in the rocket strike on the shopping center, and two others were injured in the incident.

"The Insider expresses its deepest condolences to Oksana's family and friends," the Russian news site said in a statement. "We will continue to cover the war in Ukraine, including such Russian war crimes as indiscriminate shelling of residential areas which result in the deaths of civilians and journalists."

Prior to joining the Russian news site, Baulina worked for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, formed by Putin opponent Alexei Navalny. She left the Moscow nonprofit after Russian authorities listed it as an extremist organization, and she continued to report on government corruption at The Insider.

Prior to working with Navalny's team, she started her journalism career working for lifestyle publications, such as Time Out Moscow and InStyle, The Guardian reported.

Alexey Kovalev, an investigations editor at the Russian news website Meduza, described Baulina as a journalist "with phenomenal sense of moral clarity."

"Oksana ditched a successful career in glossy magazines (I first met her at Time Out Moscow in 2006 where she edited the fashion section) to become an opposition activist, human rights campaigner, and then full-time reporter. Arrested several times, her org declared 'extremist,'" he tweeted.

"Always at the front of any picket line, immensely resourceful, incredibly brave but never reckless or irresponsible, always directing her superhuman energy to the most righteous causes," Kovalev added. "And a life she gave up for this without a second thought."

Baulina is one of several journalists thus far who have died or been injured while covering the ongoing Russian military assault on Ukraine, the international nonprofit Reporters Without Borders said.

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