On a Ukrainian Press Tour: Be Calm, He Said, As the Mortar Shells Exploded Behind Us

From a New York Times story by Valerie Hopkins, Andrew E. Kramer, and Ivan Nechepurenko headlined “‘Be Calm,’ He Said, as Mortar Shells Fell on the Road Behind Us”:

NOVOLUHANSKE, Ukraine — “Be calm,” Denis, the 28-year-old driver said, after several mortar shells landed on the road behind us. As we sought cover inside the local army headquarters, another half-dozen mortar shells exploded around us.

We had been on a hastily arranged press tour to a tractor repair facility that had been struck by mortar fire just hours before. A Ukrainian commander pointed to two gaping holes left by the blasts, which he said had injured a 27-year-old soldier.