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so proud Brother describes Irish cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski as 'brave' but not reckless

Nick Zakrzewski said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Fox News are coordinating efforts to repatriate his brother's body

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Pierre Zakrzewski poses for a selfie with colleagues Steve Harrigan, Yonat Frilling and Ibrahim Hazboun in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: FOX News Sunday/Handout via REUTERS)

Pierre Zakrzewski poses for a selfie with colleagues Steve Harrigan, Yonat Frilling and Ibrahim Hazboun in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: FOX News Sunday/Handout via REUTERS)

Pierre Zakrzewski poses for a selfie with colleagues Steve Harrigan, Yonat Frilling and Ibrahim Hazboun in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: FOX News Sunday/Handout via REUTERS)

One of the brothers of the Irish cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski who was killed outside Kyiv in Ukraine has described him as a brave man, “but not reckless”. 

Pierre Zakrzewski, who had been working for Fox News, was killed alongside Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova when their vehicle was struck by gunfire last Monday.

Fox News confirmed that journalist Benjamin Hall who was also seriously injured in the attack in Horenka, outside the capital, is now "safe and out of Ukraine".

Nick Zakrzewski said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Fox News are coordinating efforts to repatriate his brother's body home.

Nick said his brother, who grew up and was educated in Dublin, “was a calculated risk taker”.

“He looked at risks. He worked out the best way of managing them,” Nick told RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne.

Pierre had left college and "travelled and travelled and travelled," he said, adding that the family all thought that this was "spectacular".

Nick said Pierre was "so proud" of being Irish, and appreciated the access this granted him for his work.

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Pierre Zakrzewski (right) who was killed while reporting in Ukraine (Photo: FOX News/PA Wire)

Pierre Zakrzewski (right) who was killed while reporting in Ukraine (Photo: FOX News/PA Wire)

Pierre Zakrzewski (right) who was killed while reporting in Ukraine (Photo: FOX News/PA Wire)

He said that Pierre always helped people in the areas where he was working, revealing that he had helped hundreds of people through checkpoints in Afghanistan so they could get on planes leaving the country.

He was always good at keeping in touch with the family, he said, and reassuring them about his safety - even if he could not tell them exactly where he was.

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He said Pierre was the uncle that all his nieces and nephews looked up to.

Pierre would want to be remembered for the images he created, Nick said, and added: "Without those images, people wouldn't be able to see what was going on."

Speaking on the same programme, Greg Zakrzewski said the family is "on autopilot" and that Pierre’s death had not registered with them.

Greg revealed how he heard a Fox News team had been attacked and when his sister called from London and told him that Pierre had been missing for 12 hours it did not look good.

Greg said that when Pierre changed from being a freelance journalist to working for a media organisation he had some mixed feelings about going to work for Fox News as he "was losing a certain amount of independence".

"Now, we never spoke about it, but I suspect he would probably say something along the lines of: 'Listen, I had no choice'."

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