A Fox Newscameraman was killed alongside a Ukrainian colleague on Monday in Ukraine when the vehicle they were traveling in came under fire in the same attack which left a British journalist seriously injured, the network confirmed Tuesday.
Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, an Irish citizen based in London, and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra 'Sasha' Kuvshynova, 24, were covering Russian's invasion of Ukraine when their vehicle was hit in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Kuvshynova's death was confirmed Tuesday afternoon by the Ministry of Defense.
Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova were traveling in the same vehicle as 39-year-old British journalist Benjamin Hall, who also works for Fox News, an was injured in the attack.
'It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski,' Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott wrote in an email to staff on Tuesday morning.
'Pierre was killed in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine.Pierre was with Benjamin Hall yesterday newsgathering when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire.'
Scott wrote in the memo that the network is awaiting 'more news, which we will share with you when we can, on the condition of our Benjamin Hall.'
Later on Tuesday afternoon, Scott confirmed that Kuvshynova, who had been working as a freelance consultant for the Fox News team in Ukraine, by helping them navigate the city and speak with sources, was also killed in the attack.
'Working around the clock, she helped to share Ukraine's story with the world and we are grateful to her for that,' Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum said on air of Oleksandra Kuvshynova, who went by the name Sasha.
'Our correspondents and our producers say she was hard working, funny, kind and brave, which you have to be to do this kind of work,' she said.
Pierre Zakrzewski (right) and Oleksandra Kuvshynova (center) were killed in Ukraine while they were traveling in a vehicle involved in the same attack which left a British journalist injured
Fox cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski (left) was killed and reporter Benjamin Hall (right) seriously injured when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by incoming fire, the network confirmed
Fox News said the network delayed delivering the news of her death out of respect for her family.
'We offer them the deepest condolences and gratitude for her work,' MacCallum said.'And we ask you to think of them, to keep them in your prayers as they struggle with the loss of their young daughter. Just 24 years old doing courageous, courageous work.'
Kuvshynova's dream was to connect people around the world and tell their stories, which she fulfilled through journalism, the memo released by Scott read.She also had a passion for music, art and photography. News teams described her as hard-working, funny, kind and brave.
'Of course, along with the family of Pierre and so many others who have lost loved ones during the war,' MacCallum added.'We will miss him and we are grateful for the extraordinary work and the opportunity to work with him over the years as well.'
Fox news journalist Lucas Tomlinson shared a picture of himself with Pierre and Oleksandra, who also goes by Sasha, on social media as he paid tribute to his colleagues.
He said the last message he received from Pierre read: 'I will effort to get as much of this on TV to help Ukrainians in every way possible.Keep Smiling. Pierre.'
Zakrzewski had been covering Russian's invasion of Ukraine when he was killed
Oleksandra 'Sasha' Kuvshynova is pictured working in Ukraine with Fox News Journalist Trey Yingst and cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski.She was killed Monday when the car she was traveling in, along with Zakrzewski, came under fire
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed Zakrzewski's killing at the press conference on Tuesday, saying 'He is someone who has served in many war zones over the course of time.Our thoughts, our prayers are with his family, with the entire community as well.'
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin responded to the news of Zakrzewski's death, stating that he is 'deeply disturbed and saddened by the killing of Irish citizen and journalist Pierre Zakrzewski.'
'My thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow journalists.We condemn this indiscriminate and immoral war by Russia on #Ukraine.'
Fox News also announced on Monday that Hall, the British reporter who was with Zakrzewski, had been injured in the attack and remains hospitalized, but said they have a 'minimal level of details.'
'We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova in Ukraine while they were working with Fox News, and we are hoping that correspondent Benjamin Hall recovers from his injuries,' Gulnoza Said, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, in New York, tweeted Tuesday.
'Reporting on this war is a vital public service, and it has already claimed the lives of at least two other journalists in just a few weeks.Ukrainian and Russian authorities must do their utmost to ensure safety of all journalists, and to thoroughly investigate attacks on the press.'
News of Monday's attack comes just after American reporter Brent Renaud was killed on Sunday when Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle.
During comments at a press event in Washington Tuesday, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, Скачать бесплатно фильмы и сериалы GidOnline - https://gidonline.lu/23235-zachistka.html Oksana Markarova, thanked reporters who are on the ground in Ukraine.
'Risking their lives to tell the world the truth' is something that Ukraine and the world desperately need, she said at the National Press Club.'
Zakrzewski was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria
Zakrzewski (pictured here with Steve Harrington and two senior field producers) was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure