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Media driver killed, two journalists wounded in Ukraine

Published Jun 04, 2022 9:43 am

A driver transporting two Reuters journalists in eastern Ukraine on Friday (June 4 Philippine time) was killed and the two international news agency reporters lightly wounded, a company spokesperson said.

"Two Reuters journalists sustained minor injuries when they came under fire while en route to Severodonetsk," a statement from the agency said. 

"They were travelling in a vehicle provided by the Russian-backed separatists and driven by an individual assigned by the separatists. The driver of the vehicle was killed.

"Reuters extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the driver for their loss."

The agency did not provide any further details.

On May 30, French journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was killed in eastern Ukraine while on board a humanitarian bus with civilians fleeing Russian bombardment. He worked for the French BFM television news channel.

He was near Severodonetsk, which has been pounded by advancing Russian troops in recent weeks.

Since the start of Russia's invasion in late February, Reporters Without Borders, an international media advocacy group, says at least eight journalists have been killed while reporting on the Ukraine conflict.

Audrey Azoulay, the chief of the United Nations cultural body UNESCO, condemned the killing of Leclerc-Imhoff and called for journalists working in conflict zones to be protected in line with past UN Security Council resolutions.

"Journalists who work tirelessly in Ukraine to inform us about the reality of war must be protected from attack," she said. (AFP)