Paris demands probe after French journalist killed in Ukraine
Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn PARIS: A French journalist was killed on Monday (May 30) during a Russian bombardment that struck a vehicle evacuating civilians from eastern Ukraine, French and Ukrainian officials said.PARIS : Highlights of the eighth day at the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year, on Sunday (times GMT): 1204 FERNANDEZ SEES OFF ANISIMOVA U.LinkedIn PARIS : Norway's Casper Ruud and Denmark's Holger Rune led a Viking charge into the last 16 of the French Open with impressive wins at Roland Garros on Saturday.
sg/w2rG PARIS (REUTERS) - France on Monday (May 30) called for an investigation after a French journalist was killed in Ukraine when the vehicle he was travelling in, which was being used to evacuate civilians near the city of Sievierodonetsk, was hit by shelling."France demands that a probe be carried out as soon as possible and in transparency on the circumstances of this drama," Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, who was in Ukraine on Monday, said in a statement."Onboard a humanitarian bus with civilians forced to flee to escape Russian bombings, he was mortally wounded.Mr Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, the latest journalist killed since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, was on his second reporting trip for French television channel BFM in Ukraine, his employer said.Fernandez, 19, will take on Martina Trevisan after the Italian beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10) 7-5.The governor of Ukraine's Luhansk region, Mr Serhiy Haidai, said in a post on the messaging service Telegram that an armoured transport vehicle was hit by shrapnel from a Russian shell, killing the journalist.He was near Severodonetsk, a city in Ukraine's east that has been pounded by advancing Russian troops in recent weeks, the French and Ukrainian foreign ministries said in separate statements.An attached picture showed a truck that appeared to have been adapted with armour.But Ruud, who owns two claycourt titles this year, calmly weathered the storm and was the stronger player as he finished off the match in style.
The evacuation effort was suspended after the strike, he said."I have spoken with the government of Luhansk and asked President [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy for an inquiry, and they assured me of their help and support," she wrote.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Mr Leclerc-Imhoff was the 32nd media person killed since the start of the Russian invasion on Feb 24."My sincere condolences to Frederic's colleagues and family," Mr Zelensky said in his nightly video address.JOURNALISTS 'MUST BE PROTECTED' BFM said its journalist had been hit by shrapnel from the bombing, and his colleague Maxime Brandstaetter wounded.Russia's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Moscow has repeatedly denied that its forces target civilians in Ukraine."This tragic event reminds us of the dangers faced by all journalists who have been risking their lives to describe this conflict for more than three months now," BFM said in a statement.Source: Reuters.
Ms Colonna said on Twitter that she had spoken to the Luhansk governor and had asked Mr Zelensky for an investigation.Both had assured her of their help and support.He weighed every moment of his mission" and"judged it was secure enough to go along", the broadcaster's chief Marc-Olivier Fogiel said on air."It is a double crime to target a humanitarian convoy and a journalist," she said.President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter:"Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was in Ukraine to show the reality of the war."She understood her son's job.Onboard a humanitarian bus with civilians forced to flee to escape Russian bombs, he was mortally wounded.
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