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Syrsky visits wounded Radio Liberty journalist, gives him a medal

16.02.2024, 17:42
Dmytro Yevchyn and Oleksandr Syrsky. Photo by Borys Trotsenko / Krym.Realii
Dmytro Yevchyn and Oleksandr Syrsky. Photo by Borys Trotsenko / Krym.Realii

Dmytro Yevchyn, the Krym.Realii (RFE/RL) war correspondent who was wounded while filming in the Zaporizhzhia oblast, was visited by the UAF Commander-in-Chief, Oleksandr Syrsky, in the hospital ward and awarded a medal.

The journalist has been receiving treatment at the A. A. Shalimov National Institute of Surgery and Transplantology for a month. As Krym.Realii reports, Syrsky wished Dmytro a speedy recovery and greeted him on the Day of the Military Journalist. He also presented the journalist with a letter of commendation and a commemorative medal.

"We know your reports, you are essentially our brother in arms, our comrade. So I couldn't help but visit you today. Thank you for what you are doing for us, informing the society about the events that are happening in our country. May God grant you good health and a speedy recovery. It is with great pleasure that I present this sign of gratitude to you today," said Syrsky, giving the journalist the letter and the award from the UAF Commander-in-Chief.

Dmytro Yevchyn with his award. Photo by Borys Trotsenko / Krym.Realii

Dmytro Yevchyn said that he survived thanks to the cameraman who applied the tourniquet in time.

"I think it is important today to greet the cameramen, who are also journalists and work side by side with us. In my case, the cameraman saved my life and my leg by timely applying the tourniquets and escorting me to the stabilization point. I congratulate the entire teams of people involved in reporting from the combat area. I wish you good health and to avoid injuries," said Dmytro Yevchyn.

Krym.Realii reporter Dmytro Yevchyn was injured in the Zaporizhzhia oblast on the morning of January 17. The filming crew consisting of journalist Dmytro Yevchyn and cameraman Mykyta Isayko came under artillery fire while filming a TV story in the Zaporizhzhia oblast. The journalists were working near the front line settlement Robotyne.

Dmytro Yevchyn received a shrapnel wound in the leg from mortar shelling. Ukrainian soldiers and the cameraman provided him with first aid and evacuated him to a stabilization point in a nearby village, later transporting him to a hospital in Zaporizhzhia.

The 10th Army Corps reported on Facebook that the Russians had wounded a man wearing a vest with a "PRESS" label.

Dmytro Yevchyn has been working for Krym.Realii (Radio Liberty) since 2018, hosting TV programs and producing high-profile stories about life in Crimea under Russian occupation. Since the start of Russia's large-scale invasion into Ukraine in 2022, he has been covering the combat operations, working on the front line. Together with cameraman Mykita Isayko, he has been reporting from the front line in the southern segment of the Ukraine–Russia front.

The IMI monitors Russia's crimes against the media and journalists in Ukraine. In the year and ten months since the start of the full-scale invasion, Russia has committed 548 crimes against journalists and media in Ukraine.

According to the IMI, Russia's aggression has resulted in the death of 70 journalists since the beginning of the full-scale invasion; 10 of those were killed while reporting, and 25 journalists were wounded.

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