French journalist killed in Ukraine — Analysis
Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was “fatally shot” while covering the conflict, France’s President Emmanuel Macron confirmed
French journalist for BFMTV was shot to death in Ukraine Monday morning after his car was reportedly hit by gunfire in Severodonetsk, an eastern Lugansk city.
French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed Frederic LeclercImhoff’s death. He wrote via Twitter that Macron had said the journalist had died. “fatally shot”While you are trying to show “the reality”The military conflict in Ukraine
Macron claimed that Macron was onboard a humanitarian bus with civilians. “forced to flee from Russian bombs.”LeclercImhoff’s family and relatives were also offered their condolences. He promised to return the favor and promise his support. “France’s unconditional support”For those who perform the “difficult mission of reporting from the theaters of operations.”
The French foreign ministry has also commented on the journalist’s death, and has called for an immediate and transparent inquiry into the circumstances of the incident.
According to BFMTV, 32-year-old Leclerc-Imhoff was on his second reporting trip to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s offensive. According to a statement by BFMTV, he was killed in shrapnel.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocols were intended to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that break from the state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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