A French journalist has been killed while working in Ukraine, President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter on Monday, the latest of several journalists killed or injured in the Russian invasion of the country.
“Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was in Ukraine to demonstrate the reality of war. He was fatally injured on board a humanitarian bus carrying civilians fleeing Russian bombing raids,” President Macron wrote.
Leclerc-Imhoff worked for the BFM TV news channel, which said he was 32 years old and on his second Ukraine reporting trip since the start of the war on Feb. 24.
He was located near Severodonetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine that has been crushed by advancing Russian forces in recent weeks, French and Ukrainian foreign ministries said in separate statements.
Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, who visited Kiev on Monday, said in the statement that “France demands that a transparent investigation be opened as soon as possible to shed all light on the circumstances of this tragedy.”
“I share the grief of his family, relatives and colleagues,” President Macron wrote, adding that “to those who take care of the difficult mission of reporting in combat zones, I want to reiterate France’s unconditional support.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international media advocacy group, says more than a dozen journalists have been murdered while reporting on the conflict in Ukraine.
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