Journalist Violently Killed In Kiev

02/19/2014 02:12 pm ET | Updated Feb 19, 2014
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A journalist was brutally killed in Kiev, amidst recent violence that has killed dozens of other people.

Vyacheslav Veremyi, a correspondent for the Ukranian newspaper Vesti, was forced out of a taxi, beat up and shot in the stomach after showing his press credentials, Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday. He later died in a hospital, and the identity of his attackers is unknown.

Veremyi was one of many journalists targeted by attackers in recent days. The Institute of Mass Information, a Ukranian press freedom group, has compiled a list of 35 incidents that took place Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders said that at least 27 journalists were injured over the past two days, bringing the total number of journalists injured since the protests began to 167.

The city of Kiev has been overrun by demonstrations for almost three months, and members of the media have gotten caught in the crossfire. The violence came to a head this week, with at least 25 people dying in clashes between police and demonstrators.

Reporters Without Borders condemned the killing of Veremyi and the violence against other journalists on Wednesday. "Many of these journalists were deliberately targeted and none of their cases have been properly investigated," Reporters Without Borders wrote. "This state of impunity is unacceptable and fuels more violence."

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