Ukrainian journalists in ‘very dangerous’ situation as Russia targets civilians, independent reporter says

It’s very difficult and very dangerous to be a journalist in any conflict zone. Aquí, I think it’s particularly dangerous because Russians are targeting civilians. We’ve seen videos where civilians that are clearly identifiable as civilians being shot at by Russians,” Solohub told Fox News Digital via Zoom from Kyiv. “You immediately think that, if they are deliberately targeting civilians, what would stop them from targeting press?”

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Volodymyr Solohub, segundo desde la izquierda, and other Ukrainian journalists.

Volodymyr Solohub, segundo desde la izquierda, and other Ukrainian journalists. ((Volodymyr Solohub))

Fox News Channel cameraman El camarógrafo Pierre Zakrzewski y la periodista Oleksandra and journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshinova were killed outside of Kyiv this week when the vehicle they were traveling in came under attack. The tragedy has rocked Fox News as staffers across the globe mourn their colleagues, and Solohub said their deaths weremajor newsto Ukrainian journalists as well. He feels that if the legendary and vastly experienced Zakrzewski could have been targeted, then the worst-case scenario could happen to anyone daring to chronicle the war.

For us journalists, it’s a major red flag because you know that a professional like Pierre, he’s been through various conflicts, he knows all dos and don’ts, he was clearly wearing a [imprenta] vest and a helmet, he was clearly in a van or a vehicle identifiable as press, but still, they were shot at, so obviously you freak out,” Solohub said. “Ayer, I was offered, there was a chance for me to join here in Kyiv, a group of territorial defense guys in the evening, post-curfew, to go with them on a patrol and I didn’t want to do that because … I didn’t think the risk was worth the story.

When Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Solohub initially stuck around Kyiv, where he lives, a “see what was happeningand witnessed civilians scampering to flee the capital city.

Everybody was panicked, freaked out, so people started driving. I’m sure you’ve seen those pictures of traffic, all lanes, all driving west. Pretty much the same was at the train station, but the train stopped operating during the day, and in the evening these resumed, so I was able to catch a train … I was planning to go west, también, but there were no tickets obviously for the right trains,” Solohub said.

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