The US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said Friday that one of its staff had died in a Russian strike on Kyiv during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“Radio Liberty journalist and producer Vira Hirych died as a result of a Russian missile hitting the house where she lived in Kyiv. The attack took place on April 28,” the Ukrainian branch of the news organisation said in a statement.
Russia’s defence ministry on Friday said it had carried out an airstrike with “high-precision” weapons on Kyiv during a visit by Guterres.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a statement on social media that rescuers had discovered the remains of one person in the rubble after the attack.
The statement said that Gyrych began working at Radio Liberty’s Kyiv bureau in early 2018 after spending time in newsrooms with Ukrainian media.
The editorial board extended its condolences to her family and said it would “remember her as a bright and kind person, a true professional”.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international media advocacy group says that at least seven journalists have been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on February 24.
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