A Ukrainian journalist working as a fixer for an Italian correspondent for La Repubblica has been killed by a Russian sniper.
A journalist from Ukraine who was working as a fixer for an Italian correspondent has been killed on Wednesday, April 26.
According to the Guardian, Bogdan Bitik worked with La Repubbica correspondent Corrado Zunino, and was shot by the sniper in an ambush near Kherson, Ukraine.
Following his killing La Repubblica issued a statement that said, ““Today, our correspondent Corrado Zunino and his fixer Bogdan Bitik were victims of an ambush near the bridge in Kherson by Russian snipers on the outskirts of Kherson, in southern Ukraine.”
It added, “Bitik, unfortunately, did not make it and died: he leaves behind his wife and a son. Corrado, who was wounded in the shoulder, is in the civil hospital in Kherson”.
Meanwhile, after the incident Zunino, who reportedly wearing the press bulletproof jacket, said,
“I’m well, I’ve got a wound in my right shoulder, shaved by the bullet that hit my great friend Bogdan,’’ he added.
Zunino also stated that “I saw Bogdan on the ground, he wasn’t moving. I crawled until I got out of the line of fire. I ran until I came across a civilian’s car. I was covered in blood, I got myself taken to the hospital in Kherson.”
“I tried several times to call Bogdan, he didn’t answer. He was a great friend of mine, the pain is excruciating.”
As per La Repubblica, “It’s difficult to recover Bitik’s body at the moment, due to the presence of snipers”.
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