TRIBUTES was paid to an Irish cameraman who was killed while working for Fox News in Ukraine.
ierre Kakrzewski (55 years old) was killed after a vehicle he was traveling in was reportedly hit by Russian fire.
He was a student at Saint Conleth’s College in Dublin 4 and has reported extensively on conflict areas, including Afghanistan and Syria.
In a statement tonight, his alma maters said they learned of his death with “great sadness,” adding that Zakrzewski attended 1984.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the school said.
Fox News said he has been reporting from Ukraine since February.
A Ukrainian journalist, Oleksandra Kuvshynova, died in the same incident while American broadcaster Benjamin Hall was seriously injured.
An adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko blamed Russian shelling for the deaths of two journalists.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed Mr Zakrzewski was an Irish citizen, adding that he was “deeply worried and saddened by the murders”.
“My thoughts are with their family, friends and fellow journalists. We condemn this indiscriminate and immoral war by Russia against Ukraine,” Mr. Martin said.
In a statement, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said: “We are deeply saddened and saddened to share the news this morning regarding our beloved cinematographer Pierre Zakrzewski. Pierre was killed in Horenka, a suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine.
“Pierre was with Benjamin Hall gathering information when their car caught on fire,
“Pierre is a war zone photographer who has covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq, Afghanistan to Syria during his long career with us.
“His passion and talent for journalism is second to none. Based in London, Pierre has been working in Ukraine since February.
“His talent is fast and there’s no role he wouldn’t go in to help in the field – from photographer to engineer, editor to producer – and he’s done it. all under tremendous pressure with terrible skill.
Extremely worried and saddened by the death of Irish citizen and journalist Pierre Zakrzewski and one of his colleagues today.
My thoughts are with their family, friends and fellow journalists.
We condemn this indiscriminate and immoral Russian war on #Ukraine.
– Michael Martin (@MichealMartinTD) March 15, 2022
“He was deeply committed to talking about the shop and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were well known among reporters in all media. He is extremely popular – everyone in the media who has covered a foreign story knows and respects Pierre.”
“We extend our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and family – please keep them all in your prayers.
“And please continue to pray for Benjamin Hall, who is still hospitalized in Ukraine. We will continue to be in touch with any updates as needed.”
Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said he was “deeply saddened” by Mr Zakrzewski’s killing and that officials from his ministry were “in contact with his family and providing consular assistance”.
“The killing of all citizens in this reckless war is deplorable, and I also strongly condemn the targeting of journalists who worked so bravely to shed light on the circumstances,” Mr. Coveney said. of Ukraine since the outbreak of hostilities,” Coveney said.
“Ireland once again calls on Russia to end this war and we stand ready to support any initiative that can bring about peace. We will continue to demand accountability for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.”
It is with great sadness that the University of St. Conleth witnessed the tragic passing of Past Student Pierre Zakrzewski (Class of 1984) in Ukraine. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. (Pierre stands in the back row in her graduating class, third from right.) pic.twitter.com/z1VNPzjhco
– Stconleths (@Saintconleths) March 15, 2022
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on Monday that Mr. Hall was in a serious condition.
He said they could have been “fired by mortars or artillery” from Russian troops as they were advancing towards the city of Irpin, 12 miles northwest of Kyiv.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova confirmed that a Western journalist is being cared for by Ukrainian doctors.
The 39-year-old is listed as a US State Department correspondent by Fox News.
The State Department Correspondents’ Association released a statement, saying it was “appalled” to learn that Mr. Hall had been injured.
“We know Ben for his warmth, humour, and professionalism. we Wishing Ben a speedy recovery,” said association president Shaun Tandon.
Longtime Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, an Irishman and experienced war photographer, was killed in a similar attack that seriously injured reporter Benjamin Hall, in Irpin just outside Kyiv. More horrifying news. Terrible. https://t.co/vJyV2F3Yvs
– Jane Ferguson (@JaneFerguson5) March 15, 2022
Mr. Hall joined Fox News in 2015 and has contributed to its coverage of foreign affairs, including from the front lines of several wars.
A dual US-British citizen, he completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in London.
Another American journalist, Brent Renaud, was shot dead Sunday in Irpin. Two other journalists were injured.
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