On June 17, VGTRK special correspondent in Ukraine Igor Kornelyuk, video engineer Anton Voloshin and cameraman Viktor Denisov came under mortar fire while working near Lugansk. All journalists were wearing identification marks with the inscription “Media”. At the time of the shelling, the militia tried to take a group of refugees out of the danger zone. Operator Viktor Denisov was not injured during the shelling, as he was at some distance from the group. VGTRK correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and video engineer Anton Voloshin died.
The largest international and human rights organizations, as well as professional associations, condemned the murder of Russian journalists.