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'Saddened' Irish Fox News journalist killed after vehicle hit by ‘incoming fire’ near Kyiv

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he is “deeply disturbed and saddened” by the killing of Pierre Zakrzewski

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Pierre Zakrzewski (left). Photo: Fox News

Pierre Zakrzewski (left). Photo: Fox News

Pierre Zakrzewski (left). Photo: Fox News

An Irish cameraman who was working for Fox News in Ukraine has been killed.

The network announced the death of Pierre Zakrzewski in a statement today.

A Ukrainian journalist, Oleksandra Kuvshynova, died in the same incident while American broadcaster Benjamin Hall was seriously wounded.

An advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko blamed artillery shelling by Russian forces for the deaths of the two journalists.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed Mr Zakrzewski was an Irish citizen, adding that he is “deeply disturbed and saddened by the killings”.

"My thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow journalists. We condemn this indiscriminate and immoral war by Russia on Ukraine,” Mr Martin said.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said that the Department of Foreign Affairs is offering consular assistance to Mr Zakrzewski’s family.

In a statement, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski. Pierre was killed in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine.

“Pierre was with Benjamin Hall newsgathering when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire.

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Benjamin Hall who has been injured while reporting in Ukraine. Credit: Fox News

Benjamin Hall who has been injured while reporting in Ukraine. Credit: Fox News

Benjamin Hall who has been injured while reporting in Ukraine. Credit: Fox News

“Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure with us.

"His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched. Based in London, Pierre had been working in Ukraine since February.

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"His talents were fast and there wasn’t a role that he didn’t jump in to help with in the field - from photographer to engineer to editor to producer - and he did it all under immense pressure with tremendous skill.

“He was profoundly committed to telling the store and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet. He was wildly popular - everyone in the media industry who has covered a foreign story knew and respected Pierre.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and family - please keep them all in your prayers.

"And please continue to pray for Benjamin Hall, who remains hospitalised in Ukraine. We will continue to be in touch with any further updates as needed. “

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Benjamin Hall who has been injured while reporting in Ukraine. Credit: Fox News

Benjamin Hall who has been injured while reporting in Ukraine. Credit: Fox News

Benjamin Hall who has been injured while reporting in Ukraine. Credit: Fox News

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on Monday that Mr Hall was in a serious condition.

He said they probably “came under mortar or artillery fire” from Russian troops whilst moving towards the city of Irpin, 12 miles north-west of Kyiv.

Ukraine’s prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova confirmed that a Western journalist was being cared for by Ukrainian doctors.

The 39-year-old is listed as Fox News’ US state department correspondent.

The State Department Correspondents’ Association issued a statement, saying it was “horrified” to learn that Mr Hall had been injured.

“We know Ben for his warmth, good humour and utmost professionalism. We wish Ben a quick recovery,” said president of the association, Shaun Tandon.

Mr Hall joined Fox News in 2015 and has contributed to its foreign affairs coverage, including from the frontline of several wars.

A dual US-UK citizen, he completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in London.

Another US journalist, Brent Renaud, was shot and killed on Sunday in Irpin. Two other journalists were injured.

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