A Russian journalist from the Ria Novosti news agency, Rostislav Jouravlev, was killed in a Ukrainian bombing raid in the Zaporizhia region of southern Ukraine on Saturday, the Russian army said in a statement.
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At the same time, the German public television channel Deutsche Welle reported that one of its Ukrainian cameramen was injured by Russian cluster munitions while reporting on the Ukrainian army near the front.
As for Rostislav Jouravlev, “units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched an artillery attack against a group of journalists,” injuring “four journalists more or less seriously,” according to the Russian army.
“During the evacuation, Rostislav Jouravlev […] died from his injuries after a submunition blast,” she added.
The three other injured journalists were “stable”, the Russian army said, and they were “quickly evacuated to the medical facilities” of the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to Mr Jouravlev’s employer, the Ria Novosti news agency, “the bombardment happened near the village of Pyatikhatky” in the Zaporijjia region (south).
Moscow-installed regional governor Yevgeny Balitsky confirmed the journalist’s death on Telegram, saying: “[ses] deepest condolences to family and friends.
At the same time, a Ukrainian cameraman, Jewguen Chylko, who was filming a report with a Deutsche Welle team 23 kilometers from the front on the Ukrainian side, was injured “by repeated calls from Russia,” the television station said.
One Ukrainian soldier was killed in those shootings, “and others were seriously injured,” she added in a press release.
Two other members of the broadcast team, a journalist and a security adviser, escaped unharmed. They filmed a report on a Ukrainian army training center “near Druzhkivka” in Donbass, Donetsk Oblast.
“The target of the Russian attack was probably the Ukrainian training ground,” Deutsche Welle said.