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Colombian parliament member, writer and journalist injured in Kramatorsk attack

Rescuers and volunteers work to rescue people from under the rubble after a Russian missile strike in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on June 27.

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Colombian parliament member and former High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo, writer Hector Abad and journalist Catalina Gomez were injured during Tuesday’s missile attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, according to a statement by Colombia’s high commissioner for peace.

The three Colombians suffered minor injuries, according to a statement released by the Aguanta Ucrania campaign, which was founded by Jaramillo. Aguanta Ucrania, which means “Ukraine resist” in English, is a campaign to promote Latin American solidarity with Ukrainians during the Russian invasion, according to the organization.

The Colombians were having dinner with Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina at a pizzeria when it was struck, according to the statement signed by Jaramillo and Abad. Amelina is in critical condition as a result of a skull injury, according to the organization.

“Attacking civilian places is a barbaric act,” the statement added.

At least 11 people were killed and dozens injured in the attack, according to Ukrainian officials. 

Colombian President Gustavo Petro condemned the strike.

“Russia has attacked three defenseless Colombian civilians. It has violated the protocols of war,” the president said on Twitter. Colombia’s foreign ministry must deliver a diplomatic note of protest, Petro added. 

CNN’s Stefano Pozzebon in Bogota contributed reporting to this post.

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