By: Tara Thompson
On March 14th, a Fox News crew was reporting near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, leaving two journalists dead and several injured at the site. Their vehicle went under fire while they were reporting, causing the death of Pierre Zakrzewski, a 55-year-old war photojournalist, and Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, a 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist working as a consultant at the time. Both of their deaths were announced by the News Media Chief, Suzanne Scott, who stated the team’s vehicle came under fire while reporting. An advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko, blamed the attack on the artillery shelling by Russian forces.
Though they were not forgotten, Scott said that, “there wasn’t a role he (Zakrzewski) didn’t jump in to help in the field — from photographer to engineer to editor to producer.” She said he “did it all under immense pressure with tremendous skill.” Zakrzewski was an Irish citizen and a veteran photojournalist who had reported repeatedly from dangerous zones for Fox News. He has been taking part in reporting from Ukraine since February. The network had just previously recognized in December that Zakrzewski as one of thor “unsung heroes” and was described as a journalist who “risks his life in war zones to get the story for Fox News”.
Scott had said that Kuvshynova had been helping to network to “navigate Kyiv and the surrounding area while gathering information and speaking to sources.”, “She was incredibly talented and spent weeks working directly with our entire team there, operating around the clock to make sure the world knew what was happening in her country.”
Thoughts and tributes continued to pour in throughout the day for Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova making sure their memory was not forgotten.