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AFP reporter wounded by a drone strike near Bakhmut

24.07.2023, 21:00
Photo: Stephanie Youssef on Twitter
Photo: Stephanie Youssef on Twitter

A reporter for the French news agency AFP was wounded by a drone strike near Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast, on July 24, reports Le Figaro, citing AFP.

Dylan Collins, 35, received multiple shrapnel wounds in a wooded area while filming a report on the work of Ukrainian artillerymen.

He was evacuated to the nearest hospital, where he is being treated. The doctors said that there is no threat to the journalist's life. He is conscious and in touch with his colleagues.

Director of AFP in Europe, Christine Buhagiar, said that they were looking into the details of the incident. "Our thoughts are with Dylan and his loved ones," she said.

Dylan Collins is a US citizen who lives in Lebanon but currently works in Ukraine. Collins has been with AFP since 2018 and is currently the news agency's video coordinator in Lebanon and Syria. Collins has worked in conflict areas in the Middle East and covered the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020.

Since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he has frequently visited Ukraine for work.

As IMI reported, AFP video reporter Arman Soldin was killed by Russian shelling near Chasiv Yar (Donetsk oblast) on May 9, 2023. Soldin and his colleagues from the AFP came under fire while they were with a group of Ukrainian soldiers.

French prosecutors opened a war crime investigation into AFP reporter Arman Soldin's death in Ukraine.

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