Reporter Killed in Rocket Blast
Reporting from war zones is one of the most dangerous jobs in journalism. Those who do it are often on…
Reporting from war zones is one of the most dangerous jobs in journalism. Those who do it are often on the front lines in order to keep the world informed about what’s happening. That’s exactly what Arman Soldin was doing in Ukraine — and it cost him his life.
On May 9, France’s Agence France-Presse (AFP) announced Soldin’s death on Twitter. The news agency said he died near Chasiv Yar, close to Bakhmut, where the fiercest fighting is currently taking place. Russian troops are trying to take control of the region but have fallen back in recent days.
AFP ran a lengthy feature about Soldin, a talented video coordinator, on the day he died. The obituary pointed to the incredible footage he has taken throughout his time in Ukraine for anyone who wants “to get the measure” of who he was. In between his time reporting, he rescued an injured hedgehog and “nursed it back to health.” He went on to name the animal “Lucky.”
On May 1, a little more than a week before he died, Soldin was caught in another hail of rockets while he was reporting. He called it “one of the worst things” he’d experienced while in the country, describing it as “Pure terror.” Still, he continued to report from the region.
Sadly, Soldin isn’t the only member of the media to lose his life during the Eastern European conflict. Just weeks into the war, an American journalist, Brent Renaud, lost his life. Prior to his work overseas, the 50-year-old had worked for HBO, The New York Times, and other prominent news organizations. He was shot by Russian troops outside of Kyiv.
Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and his Ukrainian colleague, Oleksandra Kuvshynova, both died when their vehicle was hit by an explosion.