A French journalist has been killed while working in Ukraine, President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter on Monday, adding that several journalists had been killed or injured during Russia’s invasion of the country.
“Frederick Leclerc-Imhof was in Ukraine to show the reality of the war. He was seriously injured when he boarded a humanitarian bus carrying civilians to escape the Russian bombing,” wrote President Macron.
Leclerc-Imhoff was working for the BFM television news channel, which said he was 32 years old and on his second Ukraine reporting trip since the start of the war on February 24.
The French and Ukrainian foreign ministries said in a separate statement that he was near the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, which had been attacked by Russian troops in recent weeks.
Foreign Minister Catherine Cologna, who visited Kyiv on Monday, said in a statement that “France demands that a transparent investigation be launched as soon as possible to shed light on the circumstances of this tragedy.”
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, relatives and colleagues,” wrote President Macron.
The international media advocacy group The Committee to Protect Journalists says more than a dozen journalists have been killed trying to cover the conflict in Ukraine.
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