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East Ukraine militia claim Russian journalists got under fire by Ukrainian snipers

April 14, 2015, 16:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The shooting continued for about half an hour, Donetsk News Agency said
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Representatives of OSCE on the village of Shirokino in Donbas

Representatives of OSCE on the village of Shirokino in Donbas

© Mikhail Sokolov/TASS

MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) and journalists have got under fire near the village of Shirokino in Donbas, Donetsk News Agency said on Tuesday.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said Ukrainian snipers were responsible for the attack.

"According to preliminary reports, Ukrainian snipers carried out today’s attack, the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR defense ministry as saying.

The shooting continued for about half an hour, Donetsk News Agency said. OSCE and JCCC representatives were accompanies by journalists from TV channels NTV, RT, Zverda, Rossiya, Perviy Channel, a correspondent from the Donetsk News Agency and representatives of the Novorossiya press center. No one was injured in the incident, NTV correspondent Daniil Levin said.

Zvezda TV channel journalist Andrey Lunev sustained injuries to the head and to a leg and suffered a severe concussion when he stumbled a tripwire triggered a mine explosion near the village of Shirokino in Donbas.

The incident occurred during the trip of OSCE and JCCC representatives to Shirokino. "A Zvezvda journalist was inspecting the ruins, when he stumbled upon a tripwire that exploded. The TV channel journalist sustained serious injuries to the head and legs. At the moment of explosion, the journalist was not wearing a bulletproof vest," the TV channel said.

Lunev is a resident of Donetsk who has been working for Zvezda TV channel since the start of a conflict in the south-east of Ukraine.

The settlement of Shirokino, located between Mariupol and Novoazovsk controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), is one of the most tense areas of the contact line. Four JCCC observation posts are set up in Shirokino.

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