The brutal impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was laid bare on Wednesday, as reports emerged that a Ukrainian policeman had lost his entire family while others, including a Ukrainian television cameraman and a Israeli DJ, were cited among the other victims.
Ukrainian media reported that a family of five was killed trying to flee Kherson, as Russian troops entered the city.
Those killed were the wife, parents, daughter and son of Ukrainian policeman Oleg Fedko, according to Ukrainian media Zaxid.
He said the family was trying to evade troops arriving in two cars when they came under attack near Nova Kakhovka on the outskirts of Kherson.
The officer’s wife, Irina, his six-year-old daughter, Sofia, and baby, Ivan, as well as his father, Oleg, and mother, Anna, were all killed, he added.
The officer’s brother, Denis Fedko, told the outlet he was talking on the phone with his mother when she started shouting that there were children in the car. Then he heard gunshots ring out. The attack reportedly took place last Thursday.
The elderly couple are believed to have died at the scene. The children were taken to hospital, but died despite attempts to save their lives.
Meanhile, a television cameraman who was among the first victims of Tuesday’s attack on Kiev’s television tower, has been identified as Yevhenii Sakun.
He was killed when a Russian missile struck the tower near Babyn Yar, a ravine and burial site of 30,000 Jews killed by the Nazis. At least five people are believed to have died in the attack.
Olga Tokariuk, a journalist with Spanish news agency EFE, said her former colleague was killed in the blast and posted a photo of her press card on Twitter. She wrote: “The first person I know died in this war. My former colleague, television cameraman Yevhenii Sakun, was killed yesterday following a Russian missile strike on Babyn Yar in Kiev, along with 4 other people. It was a pleasure to work with him. I am devastated by this news. Eternal memory.”
In Israel, the mourning began when news emerged that an Israeli national who lived in Ukraine with his family had also been killed.
Israeli DJ Roman Brodsky, a father of two, was shot dead in his vehicle at a checkpoint outside Kiev as he attempted to leave Ukraine and return to Israel, The Times of Israel reported. Israel. The Foreign Ministry said Brodsky was part of a convoy of vehicles going to the Moldovan border to leave the country. He and his partner intended to fly to Israel next.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, “On behalf of all citizens of Israel, I wish to send my condolences to Roman’s wife, children and family in Israel and Ukraine. We continue to do everything to help Israelis return home.