The relatives of Taras Protsyuk, a television journalist who was killed in Iraq on April 8, 2003, have not been compensated by American authorities, and official Washington has not yet responded to inquiries from Kiev. Konstantin Grishchenko, Ukraine's foreign minister, raised the matter in a telephone conversation with US envoy John Herbst, a Rosbalt correspondent was told by the ministry press service.
Protsyuk died in Baghdad as a result of fire from an American tank at the Palestine Hotel, where most foreign journalists covering the war against the Saddam Hussein regime were staying. According to the preliminary finding by the American side, the event was a regrettable incident in which the tank crew mistook the journalist's television camera for a grenade launcher.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge