French President Emmanuel Macron and the Foreign Ministry confirmed the death of two French volunteers in Ukraine. Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the administration of the southern Ukrainian Kherson region, informed about their deaths on Thursday. French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné described the Russian attack as barbaric.
“Two French humanitarian workers paid for their actions in favor of Ukrainians with their lives. Three are injured,” said Séjourné, according to whom “Russia will be held accountable for its crimes.” He did not specify which organization the humanitarian volunteers belonged to.
Despite numerous evidence to the contrary, Moscow claims that it is not attacking civilians in Ukraine.
“A cowardly and undignified act. I think of their loved ones and wounded colleagues,” the French president wrote to the killed Frenchmen and expressed solidarity with all the volunteers helping in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi also honored the memory of “brave” French humanitarian workers today. “They helped people and we will be forever grateful for their humanity,” he said.
Prokudin said on Thursday that Russia had attacked Beryslav in the Kherson region from the air. Russian forces partially occupy the region in the south of Ukraine and regularly shell the areas under the control of Ukrainian forces. According to Prokudin, two Frenchmen were killed, three foreigners and a Ukrainian were slightly injured in the attack.
The town of Beryslav had around 12,000 inhabitants before the war. It lies on the right bank of the Dnieper River near the front line. (ČTK)