Journalist Stefan Weichert and the photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsenfrom the Danish daily Ekstra-Bladet, were shot and wounded while driving in a car in the Ukrainian city of Ohtyrka, about 90 kilometers northwest of Kharkiv, during the Russian invasion that has left more than a hundred dead. The vehicle was later burned.
Both wore bulletproof vests, but were injured, so they were quickly taken to a hospital in the area and are currently out of danger, the same newspaper described. So far it is unknown where the shots came from.
Ekstra-Bladet reported that the families of Weichert and Mikkelsen had been notified, but did not want them to be contacted by the press. Journalists have lived permanently in Ukraine for two years and have worked as freelancing for the Danish newspaper and other international media.
However, since the crisis escalated, they have only worked for Ekstra-Bladet. Both are experienced journalists and have received the security training required in Denmark.
The Danish newspaper and JP/Politikens Hus, which owns the publication, announced that they are in contact with the Danish Foreign Ministry and are working with an external security company to evacuate Weichert and Mikkelsen.
“Our first priority is to get Emil and Stefan to safety and then evacuate them, and until then we have no further comment.”said Ekstra Bladet editor-in-chief Knud Brix.
For his part, Stefan Weichert, on behalf of the two affected, said that they knew the consequences of being part of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but that at the moment they had no further comments. “We are happy to be alive. We are very aware of the circumstances and hope to be able to return home soon.”he stated.
Jeppe Kofod, Foreign Minister of Denmark, wrote the following after learning of the attack on his two compatriots: “This is an ugly reminder of the dangers journalists in Ukraine face every day to document the horrors of war.”
RUSSIA INVADE UKRAINE
Through a message to the nation, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskywarned the citizens of his country to take their precautions because the Russian troops will try to take kyiv this Sunday, considering it as a “night harder than day”.
Already in the early hours of Saturday loud detonations were heard in the ukrainian capital and many people had to take refuge in the basements of houses, as happened to the Peruvian lawyer Miguel Ángel Capuñay Reátegui, who had to cut an interview with Andina, because they began to bomb near the Ukrainian capital.
the forces of Ukraine They assured that they could repelling a night “attack” by Russian soldiers against one of their positions on Victory Avenueone of the main arteries of kyiv, although he did not specify the exact place of the combat.
“Many cities of our state are under attack: Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, our boys and girls in Donbas, southern cities, special attention to Kyiv. We can’t lose the capital.”said the Ukrainian president.