A French photojournalist covering evacuation efforts in eastern Ukraine was killed in a Russian attack, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, who had press credentials with him, was fatally wounded in the neck by shrapnel that pierced the armored evacuation truck he was in, Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said on Telegram on Monday, calling for evacuations after the attack. . † The truck was about to pick up ten civilians, he said.
Haidai shared graphic images of the disturbing scene, which showed the bloodied truck marked “HUMANITARIAN AID” a few inches from where the projectile appeared to pierce the thick glass.
Macron, who confirmed Leclerc-Imhoff’s death on Monday, tweeted his condolences to his family and support for war correspondents. Seven journalists had died before the attack covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
BFMTV, the French news channel for which Leclerc-Imhoff reported, said in a statement that another colleague traveling with him, Maxime Brandstaetter, was “slightly injured”.
Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, had worked for the station for six years. It was his second mission to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, BFMTV said.
Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the murder near Severodonetsk, proverb it was the latest on a growing list of Russian crimes against media workers in Ukraine.
The strike came on the same day that French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna visited Ukraine. She called the journalist’s death “extremely shocking,” and said she has demanded an investigation into the attack on a humanitarian convoy and reporter.