Russia Update: TASS, RT Disavow Journalist Who Laughs as Militants Fire on Ukrainians

February 17, 2015
Photo of Russian-backed militants firing on Debaltsevo by Roman Saponkov February 14, 2015.

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Pro-Kremlin photographer Roman Saponkov, who filmed himself and another photographer guffawing as Russian-backed militants fired on Ukrainian forces at Debaltsevo, was disavowed by TASS and RT.