Radio Liberty reporter Vera Girich killed in Russian missile strike

US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty revealed on Friday that its journalist and news program producer Vera Gyrych had been killed in a Russian airstrike on Kyiv.

“Radio Liberty journalist and producer Vera Gyrych died as a result of a Russian missile that hit the house where she lived in Kyiv. The bombardment took place on April 28,” read a statement released. by the organization, a nonprofit private alternative news source funded by the US Agency for Global Media.

“The body of the deceased was found under the wreckage on the morning of April 29,” he added.

The Russian missile attack coincided with Visit of UN chief Antonio Guterres to Kyiv Thursday. The official met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy – describing the war in Ukraine as “evil” and “absurd” – as attacks on Kyiv unfolded nearby.

During Guterres’ visit to the nearby town of Bucha, where hundreds of dead civilians were discovered after the withdrawal of Russian troops, António Guterres called on Russia to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on investigations into possible war crimes committed during his invasion.

The news of Gyrych’s death reverberated on social media.

Moscow confirmed hitting Ukrainian targets in an airstrike with “high precision” weapons, but did not comment on the strike on the building where Gyrych lived.

The journalist started working in the Kyiv office of Radio Free Europe in February 2018. Previously, she worked for the main Ukrainian TV channels.

The editorial board of Radio Free Europe offered its condolences to her family and said they would “remember her as a brilliant and kind person, a true professional”.