New York, February 3, 2017–British freelance photographer Christopher Nunn was injured last night while covering shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdiivka, according to press reports. “I am alive,” the photographer wrote on Twitter after the incident. His translator Vladimir Subotovsky told CPJ today that Nunn was in stable condition after undergoing eye surgery.
Nunn was at least the second journalist to have been injured in renewed fighting in the region: Pavel Chuprina, a cameraman for the Russian online broadcaster Life TV was injured by shrapnel on January 31.
“Every day, reporters put themselves at extraordinary risk to bring news of vital importance to world,” said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney. “We call on all parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to do everything possible to safeguard all civilians, including journalists.”