2022 – French President Emmanuel Macron confirms the killing of a French journalist in Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron

  • French President Macron said a French journalist was killed in Ukraine on Monday.
  • Videographer Frédéric Leclerc-Imhof was in an armored vehicle on a humanitarian mission.
  • The attack took place in the Severodonetsk region, Ukraine.

Russian forces killed a French journalist in an attack on an armored vehicle en route to evacuate civilians from the conflict in Ukraine’s Severodonetsk region on Monday, President Emmanuel Macron and BFMTV reported.

According to the broadcaster, videographer Frédéric Leclerc-Imhof died of shrapnel wounds during the raid. Besides Leclerc-Imhoff, BFMTV reporter Maxime Brandstätter was slightly injured and mediator Oksana Leuta escaped unharmed, the network reported.

The evacuation mission was called off after Russian forces fired at the vehicle in an ambush, according to Serhiy Haiday, governor of the Luhansk region.

“On a humanitarian bus, he was mortally wounded along with civilians forced to escape from Russian bombs,” Macron wrote in a tweet in French, translated into English by “Insider”.

Macron offered his condolences to the videographer’s family and reiterated the French government’s “unconditional support” for journalists covering the war.

Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, has worked for the news channel for six years. BFMTV is one of the leading television channels in France and is similar in size to CNN in the United States.

According to the radio, he was on his second mission in Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

It was not clear Monday afternoon if there were any other civilian casualties in the attack.

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