AFP video journalist Arman Soldin killed by rocket fire in Ukraine

AFP video journalist Arman Soldin was killed by rocket fire in Ukraine on Tuesday.

Soldin’s death was witnessed by colleagues on the war’s frontlines in the outskirts of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.

The AFP team was with a group of Ukrainian soldiers that came under heavy fire around 4:30 p.m. The rocket struck close to where Soldin was lying but the rest of the journalists were uninjured.

“We are devastated to learn of the death of AFP video journalist Arman Soldin in eastern Ukraine today,” the news agency said Tuesday. “All of our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.”

Soldin, 32, had been photographed frequently while in Ukraine wearing a helmet and armor labeled “PRESS.”

“His death is a terrible reminder of the risks and dangers faced by journalists every day covering the conflict in Ukraine,” AFP chairman Fabrice Fries said.

According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, 11 reporters or local fixers for media have been killed while covering the war.

“Arman’s brilliant work encapsulated everything that has made us so proud of AFP’s journalism in Ukraine,” the agency’s global news director Phil Chetwynd said in a statement. “Arman’s death is a terrible reminder of the risks and dangers of covering this war. Our thoughts tonight are with his family and friends, and with all our people on the ground in Ukraine.”

A French national, Soldin was born in Sarajevo. He started with AFP in 2015 and was part of the first AFP team to arrive in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion in February of last year. His last report was about a surgeon at a field hospital.

“He was a real on-the-ground reporter, always ready to work even in the most difficult places,” AFP’s Europe director Christine Buhagiar said. “He was totally devoted to his craft.”