TV reporter punched live on air at Russia's Paratroopers' Day celebrations

TV reporter punched live on air at Russia's Paratroopers' Day celebrationsA Russian journalist was punched by a drunk man on Wednesday while reporting on Russia's Paratroopers' Day celebrations live on air from one of Moscow's central parks.  The video of Nikita Razvozzhayev, correspondent of the national NTV channel, getting punched in the face by an intoxicated man in Gorky Park, Moscow's most popular recreational zone, quickly went viral on Twitter.  Former Russian paratroopers frolic in a fountain in Gorky Park Credit: EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV In the video, the attacker is seen interrupting Razvozzhayev's live report by walking into the camera frame and shouting "This is our country! We will conquer Ukraine!" In response, Razvozzhayev politely asked the man to be quiet, but instead the man hit him. Russian paratroopers wade through a fountain celebrating a Paratroopers Day in the Gorky Park in Moscow, Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko The broadcast then switched back to the studio, where the programme host said there were “problems” with the report and expressed hope that her colleague is fine.  It wasn't immediately clear whether the reporter’s injury was serious. According to media reports, the police detained the attacker and launched an investigation into the incident.  A former Russian paratrooper plays with a child in a fountain during Paratroopers' Day celebrations Credit: REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Razvozzhayev was covering the celebrations of Paratroopers' Day, Russia's notorious holiday for veterans and active duty airborne troops servicemen, on which Gorky Park traditionally becomes the main venue for the festivities.  Celebrations usually involve heavy consumption of alcohol and watermelons, occasional fights and fountain bathing that law enforcement often turns a blind eye on.



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