AFP video journalist killed in Ukraine

///AFP video journalist killed in Ukraine

AFP video journalist killed in Ukraine

Tributes made to Arman Soldin ‘who was devoted to his craft’

The killng of video coordinator Arman Soldin while working on the Ukrainian war front line for Agence France-Presse has led to renewed recogntion of the dangers faced by journalists.

Soldin died when he and AFP colleagues came under fire – while with a group of Ukrainian soldiers – from a rocket attack on the outskirts of a town close to Bakhmut, the epicentre of the fighting in eastern Ukraine for several months. The rest of the team was uninjured.

“Arman’s brilliant work encapsulated everything that has made us so proud of AFP’s journalism in Ukraine,” the agency’s Global News Director Phil Chetwynd said. “Arman’s death is a terrible reminder of the risks and dangers of covering this war. Our thoughts tonight are with his family and friends, and with all our people on the ground in Ukraine.” AFP Europe Director Christine Buhagiar remembered Soldin as “a real on-the-ground reporter, always ready to work even in the most difficult places,” she said. “He was totally devoted to his craft.” Colleagues said Soldin knew in particular how to recount the lives of ordinary people caught up in the Ukraine conflict, desperately trying to survive amid the chaos.


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