Journalist injured covering fighting in eastern Ukraine

A freelance reporter was injured on June 14, 2015, while he was covering fighting in eastern Ukraine, near the city of Donetsk, which is a stronghold of pro-Russia separatists, according to news reports.

Aleksandr Gayuk, a freelance journalist for the news agency Agence France-Presse, was hit in the leg by shrapnel during shelling of the Kuybyshevsky area of Donetsk, he told the local press. He sought treatment at a local hospital for his wound.

It was not clear where the shelling originated. Despite a ceasefire agreed upon in Belarus in February 2015, pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian government troops continued to engage in violence, which escalated earlier in June near Donetsk, international press reports said.