Russia’s defence ministry reported that a war correspondent for RIA news agency was killed and three other Russian journalists were wounded by shelling near the frontline in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhzhia region on Saturday.
According to the ministry, the journalists were wounded during a Ukrainian artillery strike. They were evacuated from the battlefield but RIA correspondent Rostislav Zhuravlev succumbed to his injuries.
The ministry stated that the other wounded journalists are in a serious but stable condition.
RIA confirmed in a report that its correspondent had been killed while reporting in the frontline village of Piatykhatky, and also mentioned that one of its cameramen was injured in the incident.
The defense ministry said that Ukraine had used cluster munitions but produced no evidence to back the claim.
Ukraine recently received cluster bombs from the United States, and Kiev has pledged that they will only be used to dislodge large groups of enemy combatants.
The United Nations has accused Russia of using cluster munitions on multiple occasions during the conflict.