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French 32-year-old journalist is killed in Ukraine

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A 32-year-old French journalist was killed Monday in japanese Ukraine, fatally hit by shell shrapnel whereas protecting a Ukrainian evacuation operation, in response to the French information broadcaster he labored for.

BFM TV mentioned Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed as he was “protecting a humanitarian operation in an armored automobile” close to Sievierodonetsk, a key metropolis within the Donbas area that’s being hotly contested by Russian and Ukrainian forces. He had labored for six years for the French tv channel.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Leclerc-Imhoff on Twitter, saying he “was in Ukraine to indicate the fact of the struggle.”

“Aboard a humanitarian bus, alongside civilians compelled to flee to flee Russian bombs, he was fatally shot,” Macron tweeted.

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Macron expressed condolences to his household, family members and colleagues and spoke of “France’s unconditional help” to “those that perform the tough mission of informing in theaters of operations.”

French International Minister Catherine Colonna mentioned the journalist’s dying was “deeply stunning.” She tweeted that he was killed “by Russian bombing.”

“France calls for {that a} clear inquiry be launched as quickly as attainable to shed full gentle on the circumstances of this tragedy,” she mentioned in a written assertion.

This undated photo provided by BFM TV shows reporter Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff. French news broadcaster BFM TV said the 32-year-old French journalist was killed Monday May 30, 2022 in Ukraine, fatally hit by a shell shrapnel while covering a Ukrainian evacuation operation.

This undated photograph supplied by BFM TV reveals reporter Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff. French information broadcaster BFM TV mentioned the 32-year-old French journalist was killed Monday Might 30, 2022 in Ukraine, fatally hit by a shell shrapnel whereas protecting a Ukrainian evacuation operation.
(BFM TV through G3 Field Information)

Colonna, who was on a deliberate go to to the Ukrainian’s capital Kyiv on Monday, later known as the tragedy “against the law” to reporters.

She mentioned she talked to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and requested him to do “every thing” to permit the journalist’s physique to be returned to France as quickly as attainable. She mentioned the investigation on the circumstances of the dying within the struggle zone might be led by Ukrainian authorities.

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BFM TV mentioned Leclerc-Imhoff was accompanied by a male colleague who was flippantly injured. A Ukrainian girl who was working with them was not hit.

Earlier Monday, the governor of the Luhansk area, Serhiy Haidai, introduced Leclerc-Imhoff’s dying in a Telegram submit, saying that Russian forces fired on an armored automobile that was touring to select up individuals for evacuation.

“Shrapnel from the shells pierced the automobile’s armor, fatally wounding an accredited French journalist within the neck who was reporting on the evacuation. The patrol officer was saved by his helmet,” he wrote.

A Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher BM-21 "Grad" shells a Russian troop position near Luhansk in the Donbas region on Sunday.

A Ukrainian a number of rocket launcher BM-21 “Grad” shells a Russian troop place close to Luhansk within the Donbas area on Sunday.
(Photograph by ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP through Getty Photos)

Because of the assault, the evacuation was known as off, Haidai mentioned.

He posted a picture of Leclerc-Imhoff’s Ukrainian press accreditation, and pictures of what he mentioned was the aftermath of the assault.

Haidai mentioned Leclerc-Imhoff’s physique was evacuated to the close by Ukrainian-held metropolis of Bakhmut and might be taken to the central metropolis of Dnipro for an post-mortem.

He mentioned the patrol officer accompanying the automobile was hit by shrapnel within the head and brought to a army hospital.

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The top of Ukraine’s Nationwide Journalist Union, Serhiy Tomilenko, talking to G3 Field Information, mentioned officers are discussing how you can repatriate his physique to France, “which within the circumstances of army exercise and fixed shelling shouldn’t be really easy to do.”

“Journalists are paying with their lives for the appropriate to know the reality about what is occurring within the struggle in Ukraine,” he mentioned.

The top of Reporters With out Borders, Christophe Deloire, mentioned that “from the start of the struggle now we have observed that the journalists, and different residents in fact, civilians, are focused by Russian forces.”

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In line with Deloire, Leclerc-Imhoff was heading to the Donbas area on a humanitarian bus which was going to select up individuals and evacuate them.

A number of Ukrainian and overseas journalists have been killed since February, together with one other French nationwide, veteran videographer Pierre Zakrzewski, 55.

Zakrzewski, who additionally had Irish citizenship, and 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, each working for G3 Field Information, have been killed when their automobile got here underneath hearth exterior of Kyiv on March 14.

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