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Journalists come under Russian fire in Kherson

08.06.2023, 16:30
Photo: Stas Yurchenko during a Russian strike on Kherson
Photo: Stas Yurchenko during a Russian strike on Kherson

The Russian military started shelling Kherson, where the civilians affected by the flood caused by the explosion of the Kakhovska HPP are being evacuated. Some journalists came under fire during the attack.

The strike was reported by "Graty" correspondent Stas Yurchenko.

There have been reports about journalists for the Spanish state television coming under fire as well.

Photos by Stas Yurchenko


— Stas Yurchenko (@YurchenkoSt) June 8, 2023

"There were several filming crews on Korabeliv Square when the shelling happened. We know for sure that a Spanish state TV crew was there, their fixer Rodion Krasnovyd told me that they were hiding higher up, they saw the strikes. Now they are checking what the situation is, they say that some people have been injured. At the same time, there have been no reports about injured journalists at the moment. The Spaniards are fine, too," said Serhiy Nikitenko, the IMI representative in Kherson oblast.

"The Russians were firing from barrel artillery, GRAD shells were raining down. My colleagues and I lay in ditches for about an hour, then we left for a safer place," freelance reporter Stas Kozlyuk told IMI.

The shell hitting the Korabeliv Square in Kherson. Photo by Stas Kozlyuk

According to him, there were many journalists in the spot that came under fire. Among them are Stas Yurchenko, Lyubomyra Remazhevska, Yevheniy Savilov, Inna Varenytsia, the "Deutsche Welle" and "Suspilne" crews.

"Yesterday I was working near the water on the Korabeliv Square, today I decided to work in another spot, also near the water. I was talking to the evacuees arriving there by boats. All was quiet and peaceful. I just had just recorded the story of a family that had been taken to Kherson from the occupied territory. There were a lot of people around: volunteers from all over Ukraine, rescuers, medics, journalists from around the world. And then the shelling began. We ran at the speed of light and took cover. Fortunately, I was not at the Korabeliv Square. I had already left Kherson," freelance journalist Khrystyna Berdynskikh wrote on Facebook.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as of 4:00 p.m., there no casualties have been reported; eight people have been injured.

We remind you that on the night of June 6, 2023, the Russian invaders blew up the Kakhovska HPP dam. Cities and villages downstream of the Dnipro started flooding, the locals are being evacuated en masse.

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