French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff killed in Ukraine after being hit by shell shrapnel whereas masking evacuation operation, says his information channel BFMTV

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A French journalist has been killed after he was hit by shell shrapnel whereas masking a Ukrainian evacuation operation.

Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, who labored for 24-hour information channel BFMTV, was on the street to Lysychansk close to the jap metropolis of Severodonetsk in Luhansk, Ukraine, when the strike occurred.

BFMTV mentioned the 32-year-old reporter was masking the humanitarian operation in an armoured automobile and was the “sufferer of shrapnel”.

His colleague Maxime Brandstaetter was barely injured within the incident, whereas their ‘fixer’ Oksana Leuta was unharmed.

It was the second time Mr Leclerc-Imhoff had reported in Ukraine because the begin of the Russian invasion, which started on 24 February.

BFMTV mentioned he was a graduate of the Institute of Journalism Bordeaux Aquitaine and had labored for the channel for six years.

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An intense battle is occurring for Severodonetsk – a key metropolis – with Russian forces coming into the outskirts and pushing in the direction of close by Lysychansk, mentioned Serhiy Haidai, the regional governor of Luhansk.

French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the reporter was within the conflict-torn nation to point out the “actuality of the struggle”.

“To those that perform the tough mission of informing in theatres of operations, I wish to reiterate France’s unconditional assist,” Mr Macron tweeted.

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Mr Macron mentioned he shared the “ache of the household, kin and colleagues” of Mr Leclerc-Imhoff, to whom he despatched his condolences.

French international minister Catherine Colonna mentioned the journalist’s demise was “deeply surprising” and that France demanded a “clear investigation be undertaken as quickly as attainable”.

Serhiy Haidai, the regional governor of Luhansk, mentioned the reporter suffered a “deadly wound to the neck”.

Writing on the Telegram messaging service, Mr Haidai added that shrapnel pierced an armoured automobile and the evacuation effort needed to be halted.

A policeman was saved by his helmet.

Mr Haidai wrote: “At this time our armoured evacuation automobile was going to select up 10 individuals from the world and got here underneath enemy fireplace.

“Shrapnel from shells pierced the armour of the automotive. A deadly wound to the neck was acquired by an accredited French journalist who was making materials in regards to the evacuation.

“A patrol policeman was rescued by a helmet.

“We’re formally stopping the evacuation.”

Russian forces are reinforcing their positions in northeastern and southeastern outskirts of Severodonetsk, whereas bringing in further gear and ammunition.

Two civilians have been killed and one other 5 wounded within the newest Russian shelling, Mr Haidai added on Monday.

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Moscow’s forces are utilizing the “identical ways over and over”, he commented.

He continued: “They shell for a number of hours – for 3, 4, 5 hours – in a row after which assault.

“Those that assault die. Then shelling and assault observe once more, and so forth, till they break by means of someplace.”

Severodonetsk serves as Luhansk’s administrative centre. Luhansk and Donetsk comprise the jap Donbas space, which Vladimir Putin is attempting to beat.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has mentioned his nation is doing all it may well to halt the Russian advance into the town, and described capturing it as a “basic job for the occupiers”.

“Some 90% of buildings are broken,” he added. “Greater than two-thirds of the town’s housing inventory has been utterly destroyed.”

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