A year has passed since death in the Donbass correspondents VGTRK Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, But witnesses of the Tragedy Until now recollect the events of the previous summer With a shudder.
the journalist of "Vesti" Korneluk and video engineer VGTRK Voloshin were killed on June 17, 2014 in the result of mortar fire near the village Metalist under Lugansk. Correspondents were buried at Troekurov cemetery in the capital of Russia and was posthumously awarded the order of Courage.
on the anniversary of the Tragedy at the place of their death opened a memorial sign. To honor those who died came from eyewitnesses of those events: the militia, civilians, and fellow Journalists. They brought flowers, lit candles and observed a minute of silence. Not even familiar With media professionals, citizens cried.
"A Year has passed, and my memory is Like yesterday," one of the RTR operator Viktor Denisov, the only surviving member of the crew." We came here to militias, They are taken out of immigrants from the city of Happiness and the village of Metalist. As now I remember - We went to save people, to immigrants, the rebel said to me, " Sit here, under the amphibians ", and he went to show people How to leave, " He told Last news .
According to witnesses, people were taken under fire, who by then had lasted more than a day. A resident of the village Metalist Catherine that day, she was among the immigrants who were accompanied by Russian correspondents.
"We were taken out by correspondents across the landing. It was terrible, of course. They started bombing us another 16 June at half past three in the morning Until the 17th bombed. Already Since the 17th We started to withdraw, the guy stopped Us, all nine people." I will wave his hand, then will go", He shouted. Waved, gave Us a tour, But only sat in the car - shells fly, we cry, I ran to the landing. We rushed to the landing, got. Then yell: "everybody in the car, run!". Look, guys to our no - correspondents ", - the woman remembers.
"He's only a Year older than my son. For me He is the son. They saved Us, civilians, " - wipes tears Catherine.
According to the militiaman With the Callsign " Support ", which was at that time on a post, a powerful attack began after the refugees began to leave." When the refugees came, unexpectedly began a specific attack, the correspondents of this column and removed. I was sitting on the tree - watching, But When they started bombing, the branch broke. I fell, didn't know that they were in correspondents, " He says.
very close To the place where dwelt " Support ", Voloshin died. The locals built near the place of memory correspondents." But currently there is not, there are too many duds have the opportunity to be. The bomb squad When it's All clean, it will be possible to approach the place, "says" Support ".
"I was hoping you guys live. First, no one was killed, I went through several wars: the Afghan and Chechen war. Had not died correspondents in such a quantity that 2 people at once, " says the operator of the VGTRK.
Denisov believes that unless the reporters who cover these events, the number of victims in the Donbass would be much more.
"Well that reporters come and film in places of fighting and shelling. It Should be done. With the help of correspondents will be fewer victims. The tragedy Need to show. The Ukrainian side has suppressed the death toll from Ukraine's such a lie, such a lie, massive propaganda goes. Due to correspondents the number of casualties is less. It is necessary after all, no one died, and tear the child Even if it's not spilled, " said the operator.
"the correspondents - angels of truth. They gave their lives, so less deaths, " says Danny.
journalist VGTRK Igor Kornelyuk shortly Before the shelling of Lugansk, which has been associated With life wound, made in which he reported about the fact that the city move tanks, armored personnel carriers and heavy weapons. He also said that the fire district Metalist, where the position of the militia of the Luhansk national Republic, lasted all night, and Already begin in shortages of supplies and medicines and medical equipment. Read more in