British reporter wounded in Avdiivka

Source : 112 Ukraine

The photographer lost an eye and had another one badly damaged; doctors are trying to save his sight
09:15, 3 February 2017


A foreign reporter, UK citizen was wounded during yesterday’s fierce shelling in Avdiivka, Donetsk region. Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the Donetsk governor said in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.

‘A British photographer was injured. The shell hit the radiator in the living house; a gas explosion followed. Shells landed near the football stadium where locals received humanitarian supplies. The militants deliberately shelled civilians, instead of firing on troops, Zhebrivsky said.

The reporter lost one of his eyes; he was delivered to the Mechnykov’s military hospital in Dnipro city at 4 a.m. Friday. According to Serhiy Ryzhenko, the chief doctor of the hospital, he is now in moderately grave condition, as surgeons are trying to save another eye.    

The severe fights in and around Avdiivka, Donetsk region, have been lasting for five days now. The continuous outbreak of violence in this area keeps on claiming lives of both Ukrainian soldiers and militants; even civilians found themselves under extremely strong artillery fire – they get wounded and killed, too. The state of emergency was declared on January 31 in Avdiivka; people face humanitarian crisis due to heavy shelling that critically damaged infrastructure objects, cutting civilians from electricity, water supplies and heating systems. Rescue teams, local authorities, volunteers and law enforcement agencies deliver the civilians food, water, warm clothes, medicines and other items of first necessity.

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