BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Four Russian journalists were injured in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor after a roadside bomb explosion on Monday. The TV crew were evacuated to the Hmeimim Air Base, where they recounted their ordeal, Tuesday.
One of the journalists said they were “filming the barriers made by terrorists” when there was a “loud crack”, from an improvised explosive device. Another described the aftermath, “when the smoke cleared away, I saw my colleagues and military personnel lying on the ground.”
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the injuries were not life-threatening. The journalists have been transported to Russia for further treatment.
M/S Injured Russian journalist Ilia Ushenin
SOT, Ilia Ushenin, Russian journalist (Russian): “Now I feel more or less fine. Thank God, doctors gave me some injections. They cleaned the wounds and removed all the bomb fragments. I have some dull pain but I can bear it.”
SOT, Timur Voronov, Russian journalist (Russian): “We finished filming one location and the moved to another one. At first, we were filming the planes, fences set up by terrorists. Then there was a loud crack, dust, and I found myself on the ground.”
C/U Patient and doctor
SOT, Konstantin Khudoleev, Russian journalist (Russian): “We were told that the location where we were filming was safe since the area had already been checked.”
M/S Patient and doctor
SOT, Dmitri Starodubsky, Russian journalist (Russian): “After filming the sappers, we moved to the stand-up position. Then there was a crack. When the smoke cleared away, I saw all of my colleagues and service personnel lying on the ground.”
C/U Russian camera operator Dmitri Starodubsky’s injured hand