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Kiev deliberately targeting journalists – Kremlin

Ukrainian forces deliberately make members of the Russian press targets on the front lines, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Izvestia on Saturday.

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He offered his condolences for the loss of Semyon Yeryomin – a war correspondent for the newspaper who was recently killed while covering the conflict. The tragedy highlights the dangers journalists face in combat zones, Peskov said.

“As for the Armed Forces of Ukraine deliberately targeting Russian journalists – yes, that is the case,” he stated.

Yeryomin was with his crew in Zaporozhye Region on Friday, filming a story about anti-drone warfare in the conflict when his group was attacked. A Ukrainian UAV dropped an explosive device, wounding Yeryomin, who later succumbed to his injuries, the newspaper said.

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According to Izvestia, as part of his job as a correspondent, Yeryomin had reported on the crimes committed by the Ukrainian army against civilians.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the attack, describing it as “an act of revenge for the honest performance of journalistic duty.” The “deliberate and cold-blooded murder” showcases the “ugly terrorist nature” of the authorities in Kiev, she stated.

Several Russian journalists have lost their lives since Moscow launched its military operation in the neighboring state more than two years ago.

In November 2023, Boris Maksudov, who worked for Russia 24 TV, died from shrapnel wounds he suffered during a Ukrainian drone attack in Zaporozhye Region. Other slain media employees include RIA Novosti’s Rostislav Zhuravlev, Tavria TV’s Oleg Klokov, and RuBaltic’s Aleksey Ilyashevich.

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Russia has also accused Kiev of conducting targeted assassinations of media figures far away from the front lines, including journalist Darya Dugina and military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky. Although Ukraine refused to explicitly acknowledge its involvement, officials in Kiev openly celebrated their deaths.

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