“Truth is the target,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, commenting on the attack on Fox News crew reporters.
Both deaths were announced by Fox News Media managing director Suzanne Scott, who said the team’s vehicle came under fire while they were reporting. Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, blamed the artillery fire by Russian forces.
On Tuesday, Scott remembered Zakrzewski as a journalist “deeply committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were recognized among reporters across all media outlets.”
Scott described Zakrzewski’s talents as vast and said “there wasn’t a role he hadn’t jumped into to help out in the field – from photographer to engineer to editor and the producer. She said he “did it all under immense pressure with great skill.”
Zakrzewski, an Irish citizen, was a seasoned photojournalist who had reported extensively on dangerous conflict zones for Fox News. He had been reporting from Ukraine since February.
Scott said Kuvshynova helped network crews “navigate Kyiv and surrounding areas while gathering information and talking to sources.”
“She was incredibly talented and spent weeks working directly with our entire team there, working around the clock to make sure the world knew what was going on in her country,” Scott said.
Tributes poured in throughout the day for Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier described the two reporters as “wonderful people” who “were lost on this battlefield.”
“It’s a tough day,” he tweeted.
Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, who announced Zakrzewski’s death over the airwaves, described the photojournalist as “an absolute legend” on the network.
And foreign correspondent Trey Yingst, who reported from Ukraine, remembered both Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova on Twitter.
“I don’t know what to say,” he wrote of Zakrzewski. “Pierre was as good as he could be. Selfless. Courageous. Passionate. I’m so sorry this happened to you.”
Recalling Kuvshynova, Yingst wrote, “She was talented, well-stocked, and witty. She loved photography, poetry, and music. We quickly became friends through a shared love of coffee.”
Zakrzewski’s counterparts on other networks also remembered him.
Clarissa Ward, CNN’s chief international correspondent, said she had “the great privilege” of having worked with Zakrzewski and “the even greater privilege of calling him a friend.”
“Amazing spirit and immense talent and one of the kindest and kindest colleagues on the road,” Ward wrote on Twitter. “Absolutely heartbreaking.”