Russia informs that the war correspondent of the official agency RIA Novosti, Rostislav Zhuravliovdied today when the car in which he was traveling was attacked in Zaporizhia, according to Yevgueni Valitski, acting governor of that southern region annexed by Russia.
In addition to Zhuravliov, three more comrades were injured in an attack on his convoy in which the governor accused, on his Telegram channel, the Ukrainian army of using the cluster bombs.
The Russian Defense Minister reported that the journalists were evacuated but that Zhuravliov died from his injuries.
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The colleagues who accompanied the RIA journalist in the car were the photographer Konstantin Mikhalchevsky; the cameraman Dmitry Shilkovand the journalist of the newspaper Izvestia, Roman Polshakovwho have already received medical attention in Russian Army field hospitals, according to the source.
The Russian Defense Ministry denounced in a statement that the attack with artillery fire was perpetrated by Ukrainian troops with cluster munitions.
“The state of health of the other journalists is medium gravity, but stable. His life is not in danger,” she said.
Ukraine received cluster bombs from the United States this July, but vowed to use them only for evacuate concentrations of soldiers enemies, in no case to attack convoys in which journalists could go.
[Ucrania utiliza las bombas de racimo de EEUU en el frente tras el bloqueo de Rusia en el mar Negro]
White House national security spokesman John Kirby said this week that Ukrainian forces were using cluster munitions appropriately and effective against Russian formations.
Konstantin Kosachyov, deputy chairman of the upper house of parliament, said that the use of cluster bombs was “inhumane” and that the responsibility lay with both Ukraine and the United States.
[La ONU denuncia que Rusia utiliza bombas de racimo en Ucrania, prohibidas desde 2010]
Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, tweeted: “I wonder What does American public opinion think about your country? crossing all moral red lines in a futile attempt to save the corrupt and crumbling kyiv regime.”
Their reactions ignored the fact that Russia’s use of cluster bombs in the war has been documented by human rights groups and the UN.
US-based Human Rights Watch said in May that Russian forces had used the weapons in attacks that had caused hundreds of civilian casualties and damaged houses, hospitals and schools.
Many countries have banned these types of weapons because they spread bombs over a wide area and pose a high risk to civilians.