Italian journalist killed in eastern Ukraine

Italy`s foreign ministry says an Italian photojournalist has been killed in eastern Ukraine, where he was covering the conflict ahead of the presidential election.

Rome: Italy`s foreign ministry says an Italian photojournalist has been killed in eastern Ukraine, where he was covering the conflict ahead of the presidential election.

The ministry said in a statement that Andrea Rocchelli, 30, was killed yesterday in the area of Slovyansk, a hotbed of pro-Russia, anti-Kiev sentiment.

It stressed that the journalist`s body, taken to a hospital along with that of a Russian citizen, was awaiting official identification and that Rocchelli`s family was arriving in Kiev later today.

The ministry gave no details of how Rocchelli died. But Italian news reports on last night quoted a French photographer who was with the victim as saying that the journalists and a Russian interpreter were hit by mortar fire after taking shelter in a roadside ditch.

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