Two Russian RT journalists were injured while covering conflict in Ukraine, channel says

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Two journalists from the Kremlin-backed RT television channel were injured on Friday during a rocket attack in eastern Ukraine that the channel blamed on Ukrainian forces.

A television crew of RT correspondent Valentin Gorshenin was attacked with rockets by Ukrainian troops near the city of Dokuchaevsk in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, the channel said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

“Cameramen Vladimir Batalin and Viktor Miroshnikov received shrapnel wounds to the legs and back,” the statement said. “They are being taken to the hospital now.”

The correspondent himself was not injured.

There was no immediate comment from Ukrainian authorities.

President Vladimir Putin sent troops into pro-Western Ukraine on February 24, setting off a worldwide uproar.

RT has been constantly accused of parroting Russian government propaganda.

Launched in 2005 as Russia Today, the channel had increased its reach through broadcasts and websites in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, and Arabic.

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