UPDATE. Five journalists killed, more than 30 injured in Ukraine conflict

Two journalists working for Fox News were killed in Ukraine, the outlet said Tuesday, taking the total of journalist casualties to five in the three-week conflict.

An Ukrainian official said Russian forces were deliberately targeting journalists.

London-based Pierre Zakrzewski, a 55-year-old photo journalist and fixer Oleksandra Kuvshynova, 24, were killed on Monday in Ukraine.

It  is thought the pair were traveling in the same vehicle as 39-year-old British journalist Benjamin Hall, who also works for Fox News, when it was hit by incoming fire , according to a note that was sent out to employees.

‘It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski,’ Fox News CEO Suzanne  Scott  wrote in a memo to the network’s employees.

‘Pierre was killed in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine. Pierre was with Benjamin Hall yesterday newsgathering when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire.’

On Sunday, an American journalist was killed when he and a colleague came under fire near the capital, Kyiv, regional police said.

Russian troops opened fire on the car of Brent Renaud and another journalist in Irpin, about 10km northwest of the capital. The injured journalist was taken to a hospital in Kyiv.

More than 30 journalists have been injured since the invasion began in February, according to Ukrainian parliament human rights spokeswoman Lyudmila Denisova, said, AFP reported.

„At least 35 journalists have been injured,” she said on her Telegram account.

Ukrainian journalist Evgeny Sakun died in a strike on a Kyiv television tower and Viktor Dudar, another Ukrainian, died in fighting close to the southern port city of Mykolaiv, she said.

A number of journalists, including British, Danish and Swiss reporters, were injured by shots “intentionally fired by the enemy,” Ms Denisova said.

“The enemy is also trying to destroy Ukraine’s audiovisual infrastructures,” she added, saying shots had been fired at television towers in the cities of Kyiv, Lutsk and Rivne.

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