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French Journalist Among the Dead as Russian Forces Press into Severodonetsk

HeadlineMay 31, 2022

In eastern Ukraine, Russian forces have entered the city of Severodonetsk and are battling Ukraine’s army block by block. Witnesses report as many as 200 shells are falling on the city every hour, preventing rescue crews from counting the growing number of dead. Among those killed was French journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, who was hit by shrapnel from a Russian shell that pierced the armored evacuation vehicle he and his colleagues were riding in. Ukraine’s government says at least 32 media workers have been killed since Russia invaded in February. Reporters Without Borders Director General Christophe Deloire condemned Russia for the deaths.

Christophe Deloire “It’s absolutely revolting to see that in this conflict there has been a continuous disdain for the Geneva Convention, that civilians are being shelled, that journalists — who are civilians — are being shelled, even though they have the right to protection according to international law.”

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