Shrapnel from an explosion hit Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, in the neck on May 30, fatally wounding him, the governor of the Luhansk region said on Telegram. Serhiy Haidai shared graphic images, showing the bloodied truck, which was marked “HUMANITARIAN AID,” inches from where a projectile appeared to have punctured the thick glass of the armored vehicle the journalist was riding in.
French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the death of Leclerc-Imhoff, who was carrying press credentials. In a tweet thread, Macron shared his condolences for the journalist’s family and support for war correspondents.
BFMTV, the news channel where Leclerc-Imhoff had worked for six years, said in a statement that another colleague traveling with him, Maxime Brandstaetter, was “slightly injured” and that this was Leclerc-Imhoff’s second mission to Ukraine during the conflict. A fixer who was traveling with them was not wounded.
“Frédéric was joyous, enthusiastic, caring, courageous, and a wonderful journalist,” the BFMTV association for its journalists said in a statement. “He died doing his work as a reporter, on the ground, to show the reality of this conflict.”
David L. Stern and Claire Parker contributed to this report.