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MOSCOW, April 14 /TASS/. The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has promised to give maximum help to Andrey Lunyov, a reporter of Russia’s Zvezda TV channel who was wounded near Shirokino settlement, the Donetsk region, on Monday, Zakharchenko’s administration said.
The reporter tripped a mine while walking around the Shirokino populated locality together with a group of other journalists who had arrived in Shirokino, accompanied by representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire, to study the situation in the region.
"We are going to do as much as we can to help treating Lunyov. He will be promptly supplied with necessary medicines. The question of his transportation will also be solved quickly," the Donetsk news agency said.
DPR’s Defense Minister Viktor Kuchkovoy said that a medical team, consisting of surgeons and emergency physicians, had been formed immediately after the incident with Lunyov.
"They are assessing how grave his condition is and whether he needs to be transported to Donetsk," Kuchkovoy said.
A decision on the journalist’s transportation to Donetsk has not yet been made. "I do not have the information that the doctors are preparing Lunyov’s transportation to Donetsk. He is receiving all the necessary aid from doctors in a Novoazovsk hospital," the minister stressed.
For his part, Zvezda’s Deputy Director General Maxim Dodonov said that the TV channel wanted to bring the reporter back to Russia. "We are collecting the money and medicines now. We are planning to transport him to Moscow for treatment," Dodonov stressed.