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29 Jun, 2014 21:48

Cameraman for Russia's top broadcaster killed in E. Ukraine

A cameraman for Russia's Channel One TV station died from injuries after being shot by Kiev troops in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, said the broadcaster’s press service.

“Our colleague Anatoly Klyan died tonight...he was fatally wounded in the stomach. He was 68-years-old,” Channel One said on air.

Klyan, along with a few other journalists, boarded a bus full of women – mostly mothers – who were traveling to a military base in Donetsk to demand that their sons be dismissed from the unit and allowed to go home, Kulbatskaya added.

Cameraman for #Russia's top broadcaster killed in E. #Ukraine (DETAILS) http://t.co/ujPlUbaFJXpic.twitter.com/elE3C6dpV8

— RT (@RT_com) June 30, 2014

When the bus reached its destination, shots were fired from the base and that is when the cameraman was injured.

Klyan died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, DNR’s First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Purgin told RIA Novosti, adding that the driver of the bus was wounded in the neck and is currently in hospital.

A crew from Channel One confirmed to RT's Maria Finoshina – currently in Lugansk – that Klyan was, in fact, shot and killed.

BREAKING (and very tragic news) Cameraman of Russia's TV channel killed in E. #Ukraine, his colleagues. R.I.P., Anatoly #Donetsk#ceasefire

— Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) June 29, 2014

“We have been able to speak with these journalists and they called their colleagues in Donetsk and this information is now confirmed,” Finoshina said.

She described the victim filming with his crew at one of the military bases in Donetsk when the shooting took place.

“We know the journalists finished their work and they were smoking cigarettes at the moment when suddenly shooting started. It is very hard to say exactly who was firing, but we hear information that this particular bus and its passengers were targeted,” she said.

“The bus that was also carrying the mothers of self-defense fighters. They were heading towards this military base currently controlled by the Ukrainian military to start negotiations over their sons.”

Another team of Russian journalists also came under attack on Sunday. A LifeNews crew was fired at near a Donetsk military base, Kulbatskaya said. Their car was fired at from a grenade launcher. No one was injured in the attack.

The ceasefire between Kiev and self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine expires at 22:00 (19:00 GMT) on Monday.

Journalists under attack

This latest death comes after a number of journalists were already killed during the coverage of events in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier in June, Rossiya TV journalist Igor Kornelyuk and his colleague, sound engineer Anton Voloshin, were killed in shelling. They were the first Russian journalists to die while on professional duty in Ukraine, since the coup in Kiev and the beginning of civil unrest in eastern regions began.

Rossiya TV journalist Igor Kornelyuk (R) and sound engineer Anton Voloshin (L)

They were working on a report covering Ukrainian refugees fleeing the town of Metallist in Lugansk region when they were hit with mortar shells.

There have also been numerous cases where journalists have been attacked, shot at, and detained while reporting on the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

For example, on June 16 a group of journalists came under fire while reporting from Slavyansk’s outskirts. One of the journalists was Ruptly correspondent Andrey Krasnoshchyokov.

On June 14, Zvezda TV channel said two of its journalists had been detained.

A Channel One crew was also fired at on June 11 while covering events in the village of Semenovka, located near Slavyansk.

In another incident, RT contributor and UK national Graham Phillips was detained by Kiev military forces at a checkpoint in the city of Mariupol on May 20. He was transferred to army barracks and interrogated by Ukrainian security forces. He was released after 36 hours.

Fedor Zavaleykov, a 23-year-old Ruptly cameraman, was wounded during fighting in Mariupol on May 9.