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Reporter walks into tripwire flare while shooting for RT near Ukraine’s Kramatorsk (VIDEO)

Published time: May 16, 2014 15:04
Edited time: May 16, 2014 16:51
Screenshot from YouTube user Graham Phillips

Screenshot from YouTube user Graham Phillips

RT’s freelance reporter, Graham Phillips, claimed to have been shot at by Ukrainian soldiers as he approached them to engage in dialogue near the town of Kramatorsk. However, the video he was shooting at the time reveals he triggered a tripwire flare.

As seen in the footage below, Graham Phillips is walking across a field. As he gets closer to the Ukrainian soldiers and greets them in Russian, also warning he is “press,” the trip wire goes off.

In his further tweets Graham said the shooting still took place, though it was not captured by the camera.

The journalist's previous record of reporting for RT has already backfired on him. Two weeks ago Ukrainian radicals put a bounty out on Phillips. The Right Sector reportedly offered $10,000 for the capture of “a Russian spy.”

Yesterday, RT's Ruptly video journalists also came under fire from two APCs as their car was targeted near the city of Kramatorsk. The journalists were en route to the town of Dmitrovka, some 30 kilometers from Slavyansk.

Comments (55)


Freethinker 17.05.2014 18:39

It's not the best thing for journalist to do - walking up to troops - to achieve an exclusive - I am sorry but in such a fragile situation troops on both sides may shoot first and establish credentials later if at all. Press please note and take care.


_ _ 17.05.2014 14:37

Graham Phillips next sensational report will be that he was attacked by drones. He will point his camera in the sky, shake it around, yell some words in Ukrainian or Russian, start running, hide under a tree.


_ _ 17.05.2014 14:26

Tsar Cube 17.05.2014 07:04

It's quite possible the flare "mine" was shot at him and it wasn't triggered by stepping on. AK's have a grenade launcher attachment under the barrel that can be used to shoot grenades a short distance, they may have shot the mine at him with that.


Or the trip wire flare could have been fired from a drone.

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