May 25, 2014 / 9:11 AM / 3 years ago

Italian journalist believed killed near Slaviansk - Ukraine

ROME, May 25 (Reuters) - An Italian journalist is believed to have been killed near the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk where pro-Russian forces have been fighting Ukrainian government troops, Ukrainian authorities told the Italian foreign ministry.

Andrea Ronchelli, who Italian media reports said was a freelance photographer, was killed along with a Russian national but his body had not yet been formally identified, the Italian ministry said in a statement issued on Sunday.

The two bodies had been transferred to a hospital in Slaviansk, the statement said. Members of Ronchelli’s family were expected to arrive in Kiev on Sunday. (Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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