Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty journalist killed in airstrike in Kiev

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty announced on Friday that journalist Vira Hyrych is dead after a Russian missile attack on Thursday hit the residential building where she lived in Kiev.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of our Ukrainian service employee Vira Hyrych in Kiev overnight,” RFE / RL President Jamie Fly said in a statement. “We have lost a dear colleague who will be remembered for her professionalism and dedication to our mission.”

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed on Friday that a person was found dead in the wreck. At least 10 others were injured, reports the Associated Press, citing Ukraine’s emergency services.

First aid workers are working at the scene of a fire in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday 28 April.

First aid workers are working at the scene of a fire in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday 28 April.
(AP / Emilio Morenatti)

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A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said Moscow had used “high-precision, long-range weapons” to destroy “production buildings” at a defense plant in the Ukrainian capital, the AP also reported.

It was not immediately clear whether the factory was actually hit.

Cleanup crews prepare to work Friday, April 29, at the site of an explosion in Kiev, Ukraine.

Cleanup crews prepare to work Friday, April 29, at the site of an explosion in Kiev, Ukraine.
(AP / Emilio Morenatti)

The attack also took place shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Kiev.

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Hyrych joined RFE / RL in early 2018 after working for a television station in Ukraine, the company said, adding that she is survived by her adult son and parents.

Employees of a liquor store clean glass shattered after the explosion on Thursday, April 28th.

Employees of a liquor store clean glass shattered after the explosion on Thursday, April 28th.
(AP / Emilio Morenatti)

“We are shocked and angry at the meaningless nature of her death at home in a country and a city she loved,” Fly added. “Her memory will inspire our work in Ukraine and beyond in the years to come.”

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