Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Gaidai announced that an accredited French journalist was killed by shrapnel in a Russian artillery attack after penetrating the armored transport vehicle in which he was evacuated
Efforts to evacuate civilians in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region were suspended on Monday after an armored truck was hit by shrapnel from a Russian shell, killing a French journalist, regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said.
Gaidai wrote in the Telegram app that the shrapnel pierced the vehicle’s armor and killed the accredited French journalist
inside on the go.
Gaidai provided a photo of a press accreditation identifying the journalist.
The French Foreign Ministry said it was examining the report of the journalist’s death.
Reporters Without Borders “has not yet provided his identity until his family and colleagues are informed”.
The ongoing war in Ukraine has claimed the lives of several journalists, including an award-winning former New York Times photographer and filmmaker.
Brent Renaud was shot dead in Irpin while his colleague was injured by Russian forces, Ukrainian police announced on March 13.
In a statement, The New York Times confirmed the tragic death of Mr Renaud, who was a “talented” photographer and filmmaker, but stressed he was not on assignment for the newspaper in Ukraine.
It said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Brent Renaud. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who has contributed to The New York Times over the years.
“Although he has worked for The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not assigned to any desk at The Times in Ukraine.
“Early reports that he worked for the Times circulated because he wore a Times press pass issued for an assignment many years earlier.”
A tweet from Kiev police appeared to show pictures of Mr Reanud’s documents, including a passport, a press card and an alleged picture of him injured.
After his death, videos surfaced on Twitter allegedly showing Mr Renaud’s injured colleague while he was being treated in hospital.
The man on the hospital bed spoke to a camera and introduced himself as “Juan from the US” and said he was Mr Renaud’s friend before describing what had happened.
He said: “We were crossing the first bridge in Irpin, we wanted to film other refugees leaving and we got in a car – someone offered to take us to the other bridge.
“We crossed a checkpoint and they attacked us, so the driver turned around and they kept shooting, there were two of us.
“My friend is Brent Renaud and he was shot and left behind.”
Two days later, photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, and fellow Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sandra” Kuvshynova were killed by Russian shelling outside the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
A British reporter, Benjamin Hall, was left in serious condition after the attack but luckily got through.
Pierre’s mother, Mare-Ange Zakrzewska, told the Irish Independent that he “always wanted to be a journalist and a photographer and save the world”.
She added: “He started out independently, you know, if you want to prove yourself nobody will hire you, he had to go alone, prove himself, bring back all kinds of films that later on the BBC or RTÉ or French companies would release.
She continued: “Then Fox finally caught him.”
Marie-Ange said: “It happened sometime on Monday afternoon, I wasn’t told and then Michelle his wife was called in the evening to tell her he was missing and then at lunchtime we got confirmation of his death” .
Journalists enjoy a special status under humanitarian law in international armed conflicts and are considered civilians, so they should not be attacked.
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