MOSCOW, November 24 (Sputnik) – The Russian Union of Journalists is, under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), preparing a report on violations of the rights of Russian journalists in Ukraine, the union's press secretary Nadezhda Azhgihina told RIA Novosti on Monday.
"The Russian Union of Journalists, under the auspices of the OSCE and the International Federation of Journalists, is preparing a report on violations of the rights of Russian journalists in the conflict zone. The Ukrainian Union of Journalists is doing the same thing from their side. We hope that this study will soon be completed and we will present it," the press secretary said.
On Monday, British journalist Graham Phillips, who was working with Russia's Zvezda television channel, was shot near the Ukrainian village of Peski in the Donbas region. Phillips was on the militia's side filming the clashes with Ukrainian forces in Peski when his unit came under mortar fire. The militiamen took Phillips to a military hospital in Donetsk.
On July 22, Phillips, who contributed reports for the RT television channel, disappeared while covering the fierce fighting near Donetsk Airport. He reported being held for three days before he was taken to the Polish border and "dumped out." The Ukrainian National Guard banned Phillips from entering Ukraine for three years. According to the journalist, he did not receive any notification on his ban.