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Interpreter for the German ZDF wounded in the Kharkiv hotel strike

31.12.2023, 18:49
Photo – ZDF
Photo – ZDF

A Ukrainian interpreter for the German TV channel ZDF was injured in the Russian shelling strike on Kharkiv on December 30. At the time of the explosion, the channel's team was in the Kharkiv Palace Hotel, which was hit by a Russian missile.

According to the ZDF, the channel's reporter Alica Jung, who was staying at the hotel, reported this.

She says that, at the moment of the attack, three employees of the channel were on the fifth floor, one was in the lobby, and another one was on the 11th floor. The interpreter was wounded in the hall: she broke a rib and three vertebrae. The journalist added that it was a miracle that everyone survived.

According to the hotel manager, a total of 15 rooms were given out, of which at least 10 were given to journalists.

The ZDF condemned the attack on the hotel where the journalists were staying. "This is another attack on the free press by Russia. We hope that our injured colleagues recover quickly. The ZDF will continue to report on the war against the Ukrainian civilian population," ZDF Editor-in-Chief Bettina Schausten said.

According to the IMI representative in the Kharkiv oblast, the victim has broken ribs and has already been taken to Kyiv.

As the IMI reported, on December 30 the Russians shelled Kharkiv city with rockets. The attack resulted in a British citizen working as a security advisor for a team of German journalists being injured.

The police opened a case for violation of the laws and customs of war (Part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The rocket strike on downtown Kharkiv also severely damaged the Radio House, where the offices of "Suspilne. Kharkiv" and Ukrainian Radio are located.

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