Ukrainian photo journalist Serhiy Nokolayev, dies in hospital after crossfire 


March 3, Kiev: Ukranian photo journalist Serhiy Nokolayev has been killed during a heavy shelling on Saturday, while covering thethe fight between Ukranian troops and pro-Russia separatists in east Ukraine.

Nokolayev, who worked for the Kiev based daily Segodnya, was covering the conflict when he got between a crossfire in the village of Peski, just north east of the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk.

After this sad event The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists to ensure the safety of journalists covering the conflict in east Ukraine.”We call on all parties involved in the conflict in east Ukraine to do their utmost to protect the safety of journalists whose vital role is to report the news to the rest of the World,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. “We are deeply saddened by the killing of Serhiy Nikolayev.”

Nikolayev had been on assignment with his colleague Bogdan Rossinsky when what appeared to be a mortar shell exploded, according to Segodnya. Rossinsky escaped without serious injury, but Nikolayev later died in hospital, the paper reported.

CPJ in a statement issued on Monday evening stated that despite a ceasefire that began on February 15, fighting in east Ukraine has continued, according to news reports. Government troops and pro-Russia rebels had started removing heavy weapons from the front line but clashes around key areas, such as Donetsk airport, have continued

Nikolayev had worked for Segodnya since April 2008, and he has covered the conflict and unrest in Iran, Somalia, and Libya and in 2013, he held an exhibition of his work, focusing on the impact of war on children, titled “A childhood not for children.”

In a statement, Segodnya editor-in-chief Olga Guk described the 43-year-old photographer as “a genius of reportage.” Guk added: “He would go with his camera into the fire so that he could show life as it happened. He did not spare himself. He was the bravest of professionals.”

At least six journalists and two media workers have been killed in Ukraine since 2014, most of them covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to CPJ research.

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