2 Members of Fox News' Team Are Killed in Ukraine

Pierre Zakrzewski, Oleksandra Kuvshinova were killed near Kyiv
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2022 10:57 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2022 2:47 PM CDT
Fox News Cameraman Is Killed in Ukraine
A Ukrainian firefighter walks outside a destroyed building after it was hit by artillery shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

This story has been updated with news of Kuvshinova's death. Fox News said Tuesday that one of its camera operators was killed in Ukraine, reports Axios. Pierre Zakrzewski was in a vehicle that came under fire on Monday outside Kyiv, wrote Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott in a company memo, per this tweet. Zakrzewski was with Fox correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was injured and remains hospitalized. Senior field producer Yonat Friling later confirmed that Oleksandra Kuvshinova, a 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist working with the Fox team, was also killed in the attack, NPR reports.

Zakrzewski had "covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure with us," wrote Scott, per the Washington Post. "His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched. His talents were vast and there wasn't a role that he didn't jump in to help with in the field—from photographer to engineer to editor to producer—and he did it all under immense pressure with tremendous skill," she continued.

Scott also wrote that Zakrzewski was instrumental last year in helping freelance associates in Afghanistan flee the country after the US withdrawal. Zakrzewski, who was based in London, had been in Ukraine since February. Friling tweeted that Kuvshinova had done a "brilliant job" working with the Fox team over the last month. "We have lost a beautiful brave woman," Friling said. "She loved music and she was funny and kind." (The deaths follow the death of US journalist Brent Renaud in Ukraine over the weekend.)

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