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Two journalists injured in a Russian strike on Kramatorsk

28.06.2023, 11:05
Photo: SES
Photo: SES

Two reporters were injured in the Russian shelling attack on Kramatorsk (Donetsk oblast) on June 27: a British freelance photographer, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, and a journalist from South America, Catalina Gómez.

As Anastasia Taylor-Lind told The New York Times, she was dining inside a downtown cafe. At 19.30 the place was "pretty busy". It was supposed to close in about half an hour.

Later, she heard a “roaring” noise and knew it was an incoming missile. Then there was an explosion.

“I felt hot air and the sound of breaking glass and debris flying, clattering and tinkering,” she said. “It went on and on and on.”

According to the photographer, she and her colleague slid off their chairs and made it to the basement, fearful of another strike. Both were bleeding. A member of the wait staff washed the blood off her face, Ms. Taylor-Lind said, and also helped her colleague.

As BBC Ukraine reports, citing Aguanta Ucraina (Hold on Ukraine – a Ukraine support group in South America), three Colombian citizens were wounded by the shelling in downtown Kramatorsk: the founder of the organization, Colombian MP Sergio Jaramillo, writer Héctor Abad Faciolince and journalist Catalina Gómez. They have minor injuries.

They were accompanied by a Ukrainian writer, who has been severely wounded.

It will be recalled that Russian troops launched a missile strike on Kramatorsk in the evening of June 27. One "Iskander" missile hit a pizzeria in the city center, where patrons, including journalists, were dining, and another one hit Bilenke village. According to the State Emergency Service, as of 10:00 a.m. on June 28, the bodies of 9 dead people (including 3 children) were recovere from the rubble, and 56 people were injured (including 1 child, born in 2022).

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