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French investigators arrive in Ukraine to probe into the death of AFP reporter

16.05.2023, 12:45
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

French investigators have already arrived in Ukraine to probe into the death of AFP reporter Arman Soldin, who was killed in a Russian missile attack near Chasiv Yar, Donetsk oblast.

The head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk of the international human rights organization "Reporters Without Borders", Jeanne Cavelier, told this to Ukrinform.

She reminded that the French prosecutors have started an investigation into Arman Soldin dying in the Russo-Ukrainian war, and noted that the case was progressing quite swiftly.

"We are in contact with the French side. They are working with the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Office. We know that yesterday (May 14. – Ed.) four investigators from France have arrived and began to collect evidence," Cavelier said.

She also added that RSF paid a lot of attention to this case, because the murder of a reporter was not only a war crime against a civilian.

"Reporters perform a social function – to provide the society with true information, and Arman Soldin was a professional at this," she noted.

As IMI reported, Arman Soldin was killed by "Grad" fire near Chasiv Yar (Donetsk oblast), according to his colleagues who witnessed the incident. The attack took place on the outskirts of the town near Bakhmut.

Arman Soldin and his colleagues from the AFP came under fire while they were with a group of Ukrainian soldiers. Soldin, 32, was killed when a rocket struck close to where he was lying. The rest of the team was uninjured.

French prosecutors have opened a war crime investigation into AFP reporter Arman Soldin's death in Ukraine.

According to IMI, Arman Soldin is the 57th media worker to die as a result of Russia's aggression, and the 10th journalist to die while reporting.

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