The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday that the “real target” was commenting on the attack on journalists on the Fox News group.
Zakrzewski’s death was announced by Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media. Scott said in a statement to staff that he was killed when the vehicle in which the Fox News team was traveling caught fire.
Anton Zherashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, announced Kuvshinova’s death. Zherachenko blamed the artillery attacks on Russian forces.
On Tuesday, Scott recalled Zakrzevsky as a journalist who “had a deep commitment to storytelling, and his courage, professionalism and work ethic were well-known among journalists in every media.”
“He was very popular – everyone in the media who covered a foreign story knew and respected Pierre,” Scott said.
Scott described Zakhrevsky’s talents as “remarkable” for his role as a photographer, engineer, editor and producer.
Zakrzewski is a senior photojournalist who said, “Fox News covered all international news from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria.” He has been reporting from Ukraine since February.
Immediate tributes were heaped on Zakrzewski’s colleagues on Fox News.
Editor Phil Hammer, who aired the sad news on the channel’s broadcast, described Zakrzevsky as “a complete legend” on the network.
Anchor John Roberts described his work with Zakrzevsky “many times around the world” and described him as “an absolute treasure”.
Foreign correspondent from Ukraine Trey Yingst wrote on Twitter, “I do not know what to say. Pierre is as good as they come. Unselfish. Courageous. Emotional. I’m so sorry for what happened to you.”
Zakrzevsky’s colleagues in other networks also remembered him.
Clarissa Ward, CNN’s chief international correspondent, said it was a “great privilege” to have worked with Zakrzewski and “an even greater privilege to call him a friend.”
“An extraordinary spirit and immense talent and one of the dearest, most compassionate colleagues on the road,” Ward wrote on Twitter. “Totally heartbreaking.”