INDEPENDENT AMERICAN JOURNALIST DISAPPEARED IN KHARKIV, UKRAINE

For the past few days, American-Chilean youtuber, journalist, and filmmaker Gonzalo Lira, who has also become a war blogger, gained wide popularity during the military conflict in Ukraine. Gonzalo went to Ukraine to show the war and to share the information about the confrontation between the Ukrainian and Russian armies with the world.

During his stay, Gonzalo has visited several cities in Ukraine. He has published photos and videos from Kharkiv, written Twitter posts about his views on the war, done debriefings on fake reports by Ukrainian journalists, reviewed the massacre in Bucha and interviewed detained AFU soldiers. He openly criticized the Ukrainian government.

The public ‘s attitude towards Gonzalo Lira is ambiguous. Some thought he was a pro-Russian journalist and an agent of the Kremlin, while others thought he was an objective journalist.

Being a controversial figure in the war zone, one day Gonzalo Lira disappeared. On April 17, contact with Gonzalo was lost, Since then, no new materials were published on his channels.

According to one version, he was taken hostage by the SBU or by groups of local Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The Ukrainian security forces’ tweet commented on Gonzalo Lira’s disappearance with a hint that they know where the journalist is.

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

At the moment there is no way to verify these tweets and it is unclear whether this is a bluff or whether the AFU security forces know where the journalist is.

At the same time, someone hacked Gonzalo Lira’s accounts on social networks and started posting comments on his behalf. Since April 17, Gonzalo has not posted a single video showing his face. Moreover, a fake Youtube account was created.

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

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On April 18, “Botsman” (one of the generals of the Ukrainian army) tweeted that Gonzalo had been stolen by  the notorious Ukrainian militant Sergei Olegovich Velichko, nicknamed “Chile”.

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

Gonzalo Lira’s real Youtube account keeps posting video clips. There are great doubts about the authenticity of these videos.

Independent American Journalist Disappeared In Kharkiv, Ukraine

 

On April 19 there was information that Sergei Velichko (“Chile”) claimed that he had no idea who Gonzalo Lira is and had never heard of him, although they were both in Kharkiv.

At this point there is no exact information about where Gonzalo Lira is now. Most likely, he was caught indeed. The question of whether the journalist is alive at the moment is still open.

Via https://southfront.org/independent-american-journalist-disappeared-in-kharkiv/