Fox News photojournalist Pierre Zaklzevsky was killed in Ukraine on Monday when his car was hit by an approaching fire, the network said Tuesday.
Correspondent Benjamin Hall, who accompanied the car, was injured and has been hospitalized after the incident, Fox said. It is not clear who fired at the vehicle.
“Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered almost every international story of Fox News from Iraq to Syria during his long tenure with us,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said on Tuesday. He has been based in London since February, adding that he worked in Syria.
In a statement, Scott said, “I would like to express my deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and her family. Please protect them all in prayer.” Zaklzevsky was “widely popular” and “foreign.” Everyone in the media industry who covered the story knew. ” I respected Pierre. “
“I’ve worked with Pierre many times around the world. He was an absolute treasure,” Fox News anchor John Roberts wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “I send a heartfelt prayer to Pierre’s wife and his family.”
“I had the great privilege of working with Pierre and the greater privilege of calling him a friend,” said Clarissa Ward, an international correspondent at CNN. “Extraordinary spirit and great talent, And he was one of the kindest and most graceful colleagues. ” road. Absolutely sad. “
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Irina Venedictva suggestion An attack likely to have been fired by Russian troops on the Fox News team on Monday. They were not in Ukrainian military installations when the incident took place in the suburbs of Kyiv, Benedictova said.
Anton Herashchenko, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, I have written On Monday’s telegram, the hall is in serious condition. The news crew was probably “mortared or bombarded” by the Russian army, he said.
Ukrainian authorities did not provide the latest information on the condition of the hall on Tuesday. Scott’s statement also did not state whether his condition had improved or worsened, only that he remained in the hospital.
Other details about the incident were not clear. After the Fox News statement, Russian authorities have not made public comments.
The State Department Correspondents’ Association said the press was “terrifying” when it heard that Hall was injured. “We know Ben’s warmth, humor, and the best professionalism. I hope Ben recovers quickly.” Said..
On Sunday, former New York Times employee and filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed and another journalist, Juan Aledondo, was injured near Kyiv. Ukrainian officials said they were attacked by Russian troops.