2022 – Paris calls for an investigation after the murder of a French Reuters journalist in Ukraine


© Reuters. An undated photo of French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, killed in a bombing, shown in this screenshot, taken from a video posted by BFM Television and obtained by Reuters on May 30, 2022. BFM TV/via REUTERS This image was provided by P III

PARIS (Reuters) – France called on Monday for an investigation after a French journalist was killed in Ukraine when shells hit the car he was traveling in, which was being used to evacuate civilians, near the town of Severodonetsk.

“France demands an investigation into the circumstances of this drama as quickly and transparently as possible,” Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, who was in Ukraine on Monday, said in a statement.

Frederic Leclerc-Imhof, 32, the youngest journalist to be murdered since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, was in Ukraine on his second trip as a reporter for French TV channel BFM, his employer said.

The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, Serhiy Hayday, said in a report to the Telegram news service that an armored transport vehicle was hit by shrapnel from a Russian shell, killing the journalist. An attached photo showed a truck that appeared to be armored.

He said that evacuation efforts stopped after the strike.

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Moscow has repeatedly denied that its forces are targeting civilians in Ukraine.

Colonna said on Twitter (NYSE:) that she had spoken to the governor of Luhansk and asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to conduct an investigation.

Both have pledged to provide assistance and support.

“It is a double crime to target a humanitarian convoy and a journalist,” she said.

President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter: “Frederic Leclerc Imhoff was in Ukraine to show the reality of war. He was mortally wounded on board a humanitarian bus carrying civilians forced to flee from Russian bombs.”

Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, said on Twitter: “We strongly condemn this murder. The list of Russian crimes against media workers in Ukraine goes on and on.”