A Russian reporter working for a pro-Kremlin TV channel was attacked live on air as he broadcast on the annual Paratroopers Day celebrations.
Nikita Razvozzhayev had just started his piece to camera today at Gorky Park in Moscow where the commemoration was taking place in front of some fountains. Almost immediately, a seemingly drunk man appears clenching his fist and starts swearing. When the NTV journalist asks him to be quiet, the man punches him hard in the jaw and sends him staggering sideways.
His attacker bursts into the frame shouting, ‘We’ll take Ukraine,’ and swearing heavily, according to The Moscow Times. After punching the reporter, seemingly for being told to quieten down, he says, ‘Who are you to talk to me in that way.’ The cameraman picks up the aftermath of the reporter staggering around holding the side of his face while his attacker follows him, continuing to shout and swear.
As people watch on in horror in the background, the coverage cuts to a shocked-looking anchor. It had previously been reported in other media outlets the man was an ex-paratrooper, but the Moscow branch of the Interior Ministry promptly responded saying he had never been a member of the Russian Armed Forces.
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