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  • Journalist was fatally hit by shell shrapnel while covering a Ukrainian evacuation operation.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Leclerc-Imhoff on Twitter

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Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff had worked for six years for the French television channel BFM TV

A 32-year-old French journalist was killed in eastern Ukraine, after being fatally hit by shell shrapnel while covering a Ukrainian evacuation operation.

French broadcaster BFM TV said its journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed as he was “covering a humanitarian operation in an armoured vehicle” near Sievierodonetsk in the Donbas region that is being hotly contested by Russian and Ukrainian forces.

He had worked for six years for the French television channel.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Leclerc-Imhoff on Twitter.

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The governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai said that Russian forces fired on an armoured vehicle that was travelling to pick up people for evacuation and the shrapnel from the shells pierced the vehicle's armour, fatally wounding the French journalist in the neck.

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