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Russian TV crew hit by deadly mortar fire near Luhansk

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Russian TV crew hit by deadly mortar fire near Luhansk


A journalist and sound engineer working for Russian television have been killed near Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine. Of their team only the cameraman survived.

The men were filming Ukrainian refugees fleeing an area north of the regional capital when the road they were using came under mortar fire.

Both the Russian foreign ministry and the OSCE observers in Ukraine have called for an inquiry into the mortar salvo.

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko spoke with Russia’s President Putin on Tuesday by phone to discuss his three-point peace plan, but the results of the conversation are unknown. Any peace that does come will be too late for the two journalists.

“They were standing and there was a loud whistling sound, two mortar fires, and it came in the middle of people, such a bright flash,” said the victim’s driver.

The taxi driver who brought the journalists to the Metalist checkpoint outside Luhansk was shaken, but escaped with a few cuts and bruises. Seven wounded people needed to be taken to hospital, and the Ukrainian army said the engagement cost four of its soldiers their lives.

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