Tributes paid to Irish journalist and cameraman killed in Ukraine

Tributes have been paid to Irish cinematographer Pierre Zakrzewski, who was killed while working in Ukraine.

he journalist was working for US network Fox News when the vehicle he was traveling in with British reporter Benjamin Hall was hit, the US broadcaster said.

Mr Hall has been in hospital since the incident, which happened on Monday as the men were working in Horenka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, the network said.

A Ukrainian journalist is also believed to have been killed.

Irish President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to Mr Zakrzewski.

A statement issued by Aras an Uachtarain read: “President Higgins has offered his deepest sympathies to the family of Pierre Zakrzewski, an Irish journalist killed while covering the shelling outside Kyiv.

“The indiscriminate killing of civilians, including journalists, must be brought to an end.

“President Higgins expressed his sympathy to the International Federation of Journalists on the loss of a colleague.”

Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin paid tribute to Mr Zakrzewski on Tuesday.

As a war photographer, Mr Zakrzewski had covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for Fox, according to a memo sent to employees by Suzanne Scott, chief executive of Fox News Media.

In a tweet, Mr Martin said: “Deeply disturbed and saddened by the killing of Irish citizen and journalist Pierre Zakrzewski and one of his colleagues today.

“My thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow journalists.

“We condemn this indiscriminate and immoral war by Russia on Ukraine.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friendsSt Conleth’s College in Dublin

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs were in contact with his family and providing consular assistance.

He said: “The killing of all citizens through this reckless war is deplorable and I also wish to strongly condemn the targeting of journalists who have been working bravely to shine a light on the plight of Ukraine since the outbreak of hostilities.

“Ireland once again calls on Russia to bring an end to this war and we stand ready to support any initiative which can deliver peace.

“We will continue to demand accountability for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.”

Brent Renaud, a documentary filmmaker and another veteran of covering war zones, died on Sunday after Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald joined the tributes to Mr Zakrzewski.

The Irish opposition party leader tweeted: “My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Irish citizen and journalist Pierre Zakrzewski who was killed today in Ukraine.

“The Russian invasion is criminal. We stand together in condemnation of this barbaric military aggression. Russia must immediately withdraw.”

His former school, St Conleth’s College in south Dublin, paid tribute to its past pupil.

The school said he was in the class of 1984.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

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