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Unknown Person Shot 5 Times at Hromadske Investigative Journalists
14 April, 2017

An unknown person shot at Hromadske journalist Maksym Opanasenko, while the TV crew was collecting information for the investigative programme ‘Slidstvo.Info’. Journalists remained unharmed.

The accident have taken place in the village of Plyuty in the Kyiv region, where the TV crew was filming the estate of the Ukrainan oligarch, Rinat Akhmetov, with the help of a drone.

The taxi driver, who drove the journalists to the location where they were filming, witnessed the event. Hromadske is currently preparing a statement regarding the event . Police started an investigation into the case straight after the publication about the incident was posted.

Hromadske journalist Maksym Opanasenko, said the following:

“We arrived outside the village of Plyuty in the Kyiv region, between Stolychnyy highway and Plyuty. In other words, we were in Koncha-Zaspa. We were interested in the construction site belonging to an oligarch”.

The journalist stresses the fact the TV crew was not trespassing on private property, the drone was high enough and they did not fly it over private land.

“We turned it off (drone - ed.), put it down, and at that moment, when we went up to the taxi which was waiting for us, we heard the first shot. We heard it whistle and saw the bullet hit the tree”.

In total, the journalist counted 5 shots. The reporter also noted that he was confident the shots came from a firearm, but could not identify its calibre. 

Opanasenko also said that shots were fired from the other side of the estate which the group were filming.

‘Slidstvo.info’ is an investigative program at Hromadske, which conducts investigations on corruption, politics, economics and society.