A Ukrainian photojournalist has been killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine.

Serhiy Nikolayev, a staff photographer for the Segodnya newspaper, was killed Saturday in the village of Pisky, according to Kateryna Perepelitsa, an editor at the paper.

Perepelitsa says Nikolayev wasn't there on assignment, but refused to elaborate. Few Ukrainian media officially send their staffers to the east on assignment, with many going to the region on their own to operate as freelancers for their employers.

Despite the cease-fire declared earlier this month, fighting regularly erupts across the region.

Pisky is just north of the airport in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Artillery strikes in the area have been reported in recent days.

Six other journalists have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began in April.