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RT crew comes under Ukrainian shelling

An RT Arabic crew covering the conflict in Ukraine came under fire from Kiev forces on Friday.

The shells were fired as the journalists and technicians were traveling in a car in the southern outskirts of Donetsk, the main city of Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic.

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RT’s Arabic correspondent Maxim Toury and other crew members remained unharmed in the incident. However, several others who were nearby ended up being wounded in the Ukrainian strike.

The crew had to abandon their vehicle and walked on foot for five kilometers to make it to safety.

“We were traveling in a civilian car but, apparently, this did not stop the Ukrainian forces from opening fire on the exact spot where we were, because journalists have long been a special target for them. There were at least 15 hits,” Toury said in a Telegram post.

It’s not first time that RT reporters and support teams came in for shelling from Ukrainian forces during the conflict. In September, they struck a hotel in the city of Kherson overnight where an RT news crew was staying.

READ MORE: RT news crew comes under Ukrainian fire in Kherson (VIDEO)

The missile destroyed the rooms in which RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev and cameraman Mikhail Kondakov were sleeping. The journalists remained unharmed, but Kondakov had to be extracted from the rubble. Two people were killed in that attack, including a former Ukrainian politician.

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