Fox News cameraman killed near Ukrainian capital Kyiv, journalist injured

New York:

A C cameraman, Pierre Zakrzewski, was killed in Ukraine near kyiv, the American channel announced on Tuesday.

Zakrzewski was killed and his colleague Benjamin Hall was injured when their vehicle was hit by incoming fire in Horenka outside the capital on Monday, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.

Hall, a Briton who works as the network’s State Department correspondent, remains hospitalized in Ukraine, Scott said in a statement.

“Pierre was a warzone photographer who covered almost every international story for Fox News, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long time with us,” Scott said. “His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched.”

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said he was “deeply disturbed and saddened” by the death of Zakrzewski, who had Irish nationality.

“We condemn this blind and immoral war by Russia against Ukraine,” Martin said on Twitter.

Zakrzewski, who was based in London, had worked in Ukraine since February.

Fox News said Zakrzewski played a “key role” in getting the network’s independent Afghan associates and their families out of the country following the US pullout.

He said he received an “Unsung Hero” award at the company’s annual Employee Spotlight Awards in December.

On Sunday, an American journalist was shot dead and another injured in Irpin, a frontline suburb of kyiv that has seen some of the fiercest fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Video documentary maker Brent Renaud, 50, was working for Time Studios on a project on global refugee issues.

The International Federation of Journalists identified the injured journalist as American photographer Juan Arredondo.

A Ukrainian who was in the same car as the Americans was also injured, according to a doctor on site.

According to Lyudmyla Denisova, head of human rights in the Ukrainian parliament, at least two Ukrainian journalists were also killed.

Evgeny Sakun died in a Russian strike on a kyiv TV tower and Viktor Dudar died in fighting near the southern port city of Mykolaiv, Denisova said on Telegram.

Christi C. Elwood