VIDEO: War In Ukraine: Reporters Come Under Enemy Fire In Occupied Eastern Ukraine

The moment when Russian journalists were running from Ukrainian mortar fire at Novozvanovka. (People's Militia of the LPR/Zenger).

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By William McGee

This video purports to show the moment journalists come under enemy fire in a recently-occupied part of Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine.

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A second video shows one of the men with what looks like a bullet hole left in his bullet-proof vest.

Zenger News obtained the footage from the People’s Militia of the LPR [Luhansk People’s Republic] yesterday (Monday, May 16).

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The militia said: “The moment and consequences of the mortar attack, under which the film crew of the Press Service of the UNM [People’s Militia] of the LPR, VGTRK [All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company] correspondent Nikolai Dolgachev and Izvestia correspondent Alexei Poltoranin fell in the liberated village of Novozvanovka.”

The LPR is a pro-Russia breakaway state that claims all of Luhansk Oblast – and currently administers most of it – in eastern Ukraine.

None of the media team were reported to have been injured in the attack.

The moment when Russian journalists were running from Ukrainian mortar fire at Novozvanovka. (People’s Militia of the LPR/Zenger).

From February 24 to May 17, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 27,900 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,235 tanks, 3,009 armoured fighting vehicles, 578 artillery systems, 198 multiple launch rocket systems, 90 anti-aircraft systems, 201 warplanes, 167 helicopters, 2,109 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 436 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment and 97 cruise missiles.

The moment when Russian journalists were running from Ukrainian mortar fire at Novozvanovka. (People’s Militia of the LPR/Zenger).

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), in its latest briefing earlier today, gave corresponding figures for enemy losses as “168 Ukrainian aircraft and 125 helicopters, 912 unmanned aerial vehicles, 309 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,134 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 385 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,542 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,983 units of special military vehicles”.

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The Russian MoD has not been giving figures for Ukrainian personnel losses.

Neither side’s claims have been independently verified.

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Elsewhere, more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers left the Azovstal metallurgical plant and were taken to Russian-controlled territory last night. It is believed they will be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war.

The moment when Russian journalists were running from Ukrainian mortar fire at Novozvanovka. (People’s Militia of the LPR/Zenger).

Efforts to rescue the last remaining Ukrainian fighters holed up in the steelworks – located in the strategic port city of Mariupol – are said to be ongoing.

And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that he may block Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join NATO after he accused the Nordic nations of harboring Kurdish militants whom he regards as “terrorists”.

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