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Monday, June 30, 2014, 15:43
Moscow protests after Russian cameraman killed
By Reuters

 Moscow protests after Russian cameraman killed
A fireman tries to extinguish a burning house after shelling in the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine Monday, June 30, 2014. Residential areas came under shelling on Monday morning from government forces. (Photo / AP)

MOSCOW - A Russian television cameraman was killed overnight in shooting in east Ukraine which Moscow said undermined faith in Kiev's desire to resolve weeks of conflict peacefully.

Anatoly Klyan, 68, worked for state-owned Channel One and was the third Russian journalist killed since pro-Russian separatists began an uprising against central rule in April.

Klyan was shot in the stomach while accompanying a group of soldiers' mothers being driven to a pro-Kiev military unit "to meet their sons and take them home," the station said on its website.

The bus carrying the mothers and journalists withdrew after coming under fire as it approached the base. Klyan died when a group of people came under further automatic rifle fire after leaving the bus, Channel One said.

There was no immediate comment from the Ukrainian military forces or the government in Kiev.

Moscow protested against the killing and renewed calls for an end to a military operation launched by government forces in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where separatists have seized state buildings and weapons arsenals.

"The death of a Russian journalist again convincingly demonstrates that Ukrainian forces clearly do not want a de-escalation of the conflict in the east of the country," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"They are hampering the already fragile ceasefire," it said.

 
 
 
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