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Italian journalist and Russian interpreter killed in Ukraine

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Italian journalist and Russian interpreter killed in Ukraine


An Italian photojournalist and his Russian interpreter have been killed in eastern Ukraine while covering fighting between government forces and pro-Russia insurgents.

30 year old Andrea Ronchelli and 60 year old Andrey Mironov died from mortar fire after they were shot at near the pro-Russian stronghold of Sloviansk.

Ronchelli was the founder of the photo agency Cesura.

French photographer, William Roguelon, was also injured and said they had gone to visit a neighbourhood where there had been a bombing when they had come under fire. They had jumped in a ditch to protect themselves and he had escaped the worst.

Ronchelli is the first foreign journalist to die in Ukraine since clashes began following the overthrow of President Yanukovych.

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