May 14, 2014
Ukrainian armed forces have opened fire on journalists from Russia’s
LifeNews working near the city of Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, where
fighting broke out between self-defense forces and Kiev’s army.
The shooting began around 1 p.m. as three members of a LifeNews crew
tried to enter the village of Oktyabrskoe following the fighting. The
village is located some 20 kilometers from Kramatorsk.
“We saw that machines were gone and the shooting stopped like
half-an-hour ago. We tried to enter the premises of the village to find
out what happened to locals, if they needed help, and if there were
wounded among them,” reporter Oleg Sidyakin told RT. “But as we
got closer to the outskirts of the village, we ran into an armored
troop carrier with a Ukrainian flag on it and armed people in black
uniforms. We were going in a car with ‘TV’ stickers, indicating that
were are press. We stuck hands out of windows, but first there came one
shot and then machine gun fire.”
Sidyakin said he did not know where the shots were aimed – in the air
or above their heads – but still decided to turn away and move to a
safer location, in order to avoid provoking armed people.
“I had to make such decision because I could not put in danger the lives of a driver and a cameraman,” he said.