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Condition of wounded Russian TV reporter allows his evacuation from Donbas to Russia

April 14, 2015, 20:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Zvezda TV channel journalist was treated in a hospital in Novoazovsk after receiving numerous injuries to his head, chest and legs as a result of tripping a mine
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MOSCOW, April 14 /TASS/. Russia’s wounded TV reporter Andrey Lunyov is being transported from Novoazovsk, a militia-held city in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, to the border with Russia, the Zvezda television channel for which Lunyov works said on its website.

The reporter tripped a mine while walking around Shirokino together with a group of other journalists who had arrived in the populated locality, 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.

Lunyov was rushed to a hospital in Novoazovsk with brain edema and penetrating fragmentation head injury. He also had numerous fragmentation wounds to his chest and legs.

The journalist has come back to his senses by now. According to the doctors, the journalist can talk — little and slowly.

"Doctors in the Novoazovsk hospital where the journalist was taken after being seriously wounded concluded that the patient could be transported to another clinic. Lunyov’s condition makes it possible to evacuate him to Russia," Zvezda said on its website.

Doctors have managed to stabilize the Russian reporter’s condition, Viktor Kuchkovoy, the public health minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said on Tuesday.

"Doctors have stabilized Lunyov’s condition. They are doing their best to prevent it from deteriorating," the Donetsk news agency quoted Kuchkovoy as saying.

However, the health minister added, with Lunyov’s injury everything can change in split second. "There are no preconditions for it so far," Kuchkovoy stressed.

Militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) were the first to reach the wounded reporter and take him away from the blast site. under the supervision of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). Lunyov was supposed to make a report about the mission’s work.

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