Ukrainian military severely injures journalist who ‘volunteered as perpetrator’ in drills (VIDEOS)
“According to preliminary data, during a demonstrative exercise on capturing a mock perpetrator, the journalist received a gunshot wound of his neck due to negligent use of firearm on part of an instructor who led the training,” Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Some details of the incident have been released by the local Perviy Krivorozhskiy news outlet, where the injured cameraman, Vyacheslav Volk, works. The military reportedly called for a volunteer from the public to play a role of a “provocateur” infiltrating the local council.
The cameraman volunteered and the servicemen proceeded to “hone their skills on him,” according to the report.
A video of the drill that preceded the shooting incident was published by Pervy Gorodskoy. Volk can be seen violently slammed to the ground, then handcuffed and led inside a building.
A few moments later, a “sound, resembling a gunshot” was heard from inside the building and a serviceman rushed out calling for an ambulance.
The news outlet also posted a CCTV video of what was happening inside the building Volk was taken into.
The wounded man was rushed to a local hospital and operated on. The cameraman sustained a gunshot wound to his neck which damaged his spinal cord, the editor-in-chief of Perviy Krivorozhskiy told news website Strana.ua. The man remains unconscious in the intensive care unit, according to a statement issued by the news outlet.