Less than a week later the death of a journalist reporting on the fronta Frenchman was killed “in combat” in Ukrainethe French Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday, 100 days after the beginning of the Russian invasion.
“We have heard the sad news that a Frenchman has been fatally wounded in fighting in Ukraine,” the Quai d’Orsay said in a written response. “We extend our condolences to his family. »
A volunteer of the Ukrainian International Defense Legion
According to a security source interviewed by AFP, the man was “a fighter who left as a volunteer.” His identity was not disclosed, nor was his whereabouts. French radio station Europe 1 reported on Thursday a “first French fighter” killed in Ukraine, “mortally wounded by artillery fire” in the northeastern Kharkiv region. “The young man had joined the Ukrainian International Defense Legion and was taking part in the fighting against the Russian army,” according to Europe 1.
Britain had reported in late April the death of one of its nationals and the disappearance of another. According to British media, the killer was a veteran of the British Army. His former comrades had paid tribute to him on a Facebook page and a fundraising page had been set up. According to British media, the two nationals were still fighting against Russian forces as volunteers.
“Victory will be ours”
The war in Ukraine entered its 100th day on Friday. Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Russia on February 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the formation of an “international legion” of foreign volunteers to help him defend Ukraine.
“The victory will be ours,” Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday, after admitting the day before that Russian troops were currently occupying “about 20 percent” of the country.
The Kremlin, for its part, claims to have achieved “some” of the objectives of its invasion, which is supposed to “de-Nazize” Ukraine and protect its Russian-speaking population, and plans to “pursue until all objectives of the special military operation are met.” “Ukraine, in its entirety, is a war zone,” the Quai d’Orsay insisted in its written response. “In this context, it is strongly advised against going to Ukraine, for whatever reason.”