French journalist killed in Ukraine after struggling ‘deadly wound to the neck’, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai says

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A French journalist has been killed in Ukraine, the regional governor of Luhansk has mentioned.

Writing on the Telegram messaging service, Serhiy Haidai mentioned the “accredited” reporter had suffered a “deadly wound to the neck”.

Shrapnel pierced an armoured car and an evacuation effort needed to be halted, Mr Haidai added.

A policeman was saved by his helmet.

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The governor wrote: “Immediately our armoured evacuation car was going to choose up 10 individuals from the world and got here underneath enemy hearth.

“Shrapnel from shells pierced the armour of the automotive. A deadly wound to the neck was obtained 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.”

The French international ministry mentioned it was wanting into the report of the journalist’s dying.

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An intense battle is happening for the important thing metropolis of Sievierodonetsk, with Russian forces coming into the outskirts and pushing in direction of close by Lysychansk, Mr Haidai has mentioned.

Russian forces are reinforcing their positions in northeastern and southeastern outskirts of the town, whereas bringing in further tools and ammunition.

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

Moscow’s forces use the “identical techniques time and again”, Mr Haidai mentioned.

He added: “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 way of someplace.”

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has mentioned his nation is doing all it could possibly to halt the Russian advance into the town, described capturing it as a “basic process 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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