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Two Reuters Journalists Wounded, Driver Killed in Ukraine: Agency

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Last Updated: June 03, 2022, 23:30 IST

London, United Kingdom

Smoke rises in Severodonetsk during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops at eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. (Image: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP)

Smoke rises in Severodonetsk during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops at eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. (Image: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP)

Reuters said the journalists came under fire while on their way to Severodonetsk and were travelling in a vehicle provided by Russian-backed separatists

Two journalists working for the international news agency Reuters were lightly wounded and their driver killed on Friday in eastern Ukraine, a company spokesperson said.

“Two Reuters journalists sustained minor injuries when they came under fire while en route to Severodonetsk,” a statement from the agency said. “They were travelling in a vehicle provided by the Russian-backed separatists and driven by an individual assigned by the separatists. The driver of the vehicle was killed. Reuters extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the driver for their loss.”

The agency did not provide any further details.

On Monday, French journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was killed in eastern Ukraine while on board a humanitarian bus with civilians fleeing Russian bombardment. He worked for the French BFM television news channel.

Since the start of Russia’s invasion in late February, Reporters Without Borders, an international media advocacy group, says at least eight journalists have been killed while reporting on the Ukraine conflict.

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first published:June 03, 2022, 23:30 IST
last updated:June 03, 2022, 23:30 IST