February 9, 2023
French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff used to be killed close to Sievierodonetsk on Might 30, 2022. (BFM TV)

Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, a 32-year-old French journalist, used to be killed by means of shrapnel on Might 30 whilst protecting the evacuation of civilians at the street to Lysychansk, close to Sievierodonetsk, in jap Luhansk Oblast.

In line with Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk Oblast, Russian forces shelled an armored evacuation automobile that carried civilians, killing Leclerc-Imhoff. The evacuation used to be suspended, the governor added.

Leclerc-Imhoff used to be with a colleague, Maxime Brandstaetter, 27, who won a shrapnel wound to the left leg, and their Ukrainian fixer Oksana Leuta, who won a concussion, in line with the Prosecutor’s Place of work. 

“Shrapnel from the grenades pierced the armor of the auto … a deadly wound within the neck used to be won by means of an permitted French journalist who used to be creating a file at the evacuation. A police officer (on the scene) used to be stored by means of his helmet,” Haidai stated.

Leclerc-Imhoff used to be within the automobile, whilst the remainder of the staff used to be out of doors it.

A view of the windshield of the bus hit by means of a Russian shelling, through which Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff won a deadly shrapnel wound on Might 30. (Serhiy Haidai, Telegram)

The frame of Leclerc-Imhoff used to be evacuated along the remainder of the staff from Lysychansk to Bakhmut after which to Dnipro, the place any other staff of reporters from BFM TV, their employer, used to be because of maintain the frame and repatriate it to France.

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French President Emmanuel Macron introduced Leclerc-Imhoff’s demise on Twitter on May 30, reiterating France’s fortify “to those that be certain that the tricky project of reporting in struggle zones.”

No less than 8 reporters were killed whilst reporting on Russia’s battle in Ukraine since Feb. 24, in line with Journalists With out Borders. 

An intense fight is occuring for Sievierodonetsk – a key town – with Russian forces coming into the outskirts and pushing in opposition to within sight Lysychansk.

Sievierodonetsk serves as Luhansk Oblast’s workplace, which Russia has been making an attempt to triumph over because it retreated from the outskirts of Kyiv on the finish of March.