Monday 22 January 2018

Dramatic footage shows TV crew fleeing Ukraine explosion

David Kearns

This is the dramatic moment a television news crew is forced to run from a huge explosion in eastern Ukraine as they get in a mortar exchange.

Reports suggest a gas pipeline was hit by shell fired 15 kilometres from the town Debaltseve on Tuesday, where rebel forces have surrounded Ukrainian forces.

The huge explosion causing a piece of shrapnel to hit a member of a Ukrainian TV crew in the arm, and a huge orange fireball can be seen in the background as the journalists rush into their car and drive to safety.

With one of the men bleeding from the arm, they switch cars, evacuating the area and send the injured member of the team to hospital.

It has been two days since a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine began, yet pro-Russian rebels and government forces have continued to fight in Debaltseve.

The rebels say the truce does not apply to the main battle front in the town, where they have surrounded a Ukrainian military garrison.

Kiev said rebels had captured some Ukrainian troops defending Debaltseve and argued that they cannot withdraw heavy guns as long as the Moscow-backed rebels continue to wage war.

The Ukrainian ceasefire was broken over 139 times on the first day, Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian rebels have claimed.

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