Journalists Dive for Cover in Luhansk as Shell Explodes Nearby

A dramatic illustration of the perils of frontline reporting was captured by photographer Alex Chan Tsz Yuk in Luhansk on May 28, as a shell landed yards from where he and two other journalists were standing, wounding one of them as they took cover.

The dramatic footage here was recorded by Chan Tsz Yuk’s GoPro. In an Instagram post, he said he was heading from Lysychansk into Sievierodonetsk with another photographer, Kaoru Ng, and a local journalist, Mykola Pastukh, who was working as their fixer. However, the three turned back towards Lysychansk when they saw some burning vehicles and thought it would not be safe to continue.

They were discussing the situation with two Ukrainian soldiers when a shell landed close to where they were standing. After they dove for cover in a ditch, two more shells landed, Chan Tsz Yuk said. Pastukh was hit in the right arm by shrapnel.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Russian and Ukrainian authorities to investigate the incident and ensure journalists are not targeted.

Ukrainian journalist Katerina Sergatskova spoke to Pastukh at an Lviv hospital. He said the injury had left his hand partially paralyzed. He was awaiting surgery, Sergatskova’s report said. Credit: Alex Chan Tsz Yuk via Storyful

Video transcript

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- Hey, Mykola, how are you doing?

MYKOLA PASTUKH: No, it's OK.

- His arm is OK. His arm is OK. No need to-- no need to release the [INAUDIBLE]

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