Arman Soldin, the video coordinator for AFP in Ukraine, died on Tuesday in a Grad rocket attack in eastern Ukraine, according to the journalists who were with him. The bombing occurred near Chasiv Yar on the outskirts of the town, and Arman was there with four colleagues who escaped unharmed. The team was working alongside Ukrainian soldiers when they came under fire. Arman Soldin, 32, was an experienced cameraman who had been a correspondent in London and joined AFP in Rome in 2015. Since September 2022, he has been the video coordinator in Ukraine and regularly goes to the front line. He also was part of the AFP team that covered the early days of the Russian invasion.
AFP President Fabrice Fries said the agency is shocked by Arman’s death and that it is a sad reminder of the risks faced by journalists covering the conflict in Ukraine. AFP Information Director Phil Chetwynd described Arman as a brave, creative, and tenacious reporter. AFP Europe Regional Director Christine Buhagiar said Arman was enthusiastic, energetic, and courageous, always willing to go to the toughest areas.
Arman Soldin is the eleventh reporter, guide, or driver for journalists killed in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, according to a record by specialized NGOs RSF and CPJ. This tragic event is a reminder of the dangers journalists face in armed conflicts and the importance of their informational work in critical situations.
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