Sep 10, 2023 - World

2 foreign aid workers killed in Russian missile strike in eastern Ukraine

 This photograph shows a destroyed building remains in Chasiv Yar on February 5, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A destroyed building in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine, earlier this year. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Two foreign aid volunteers were reported killed and two others injured in a Russian missile strike in eastern Ukraine on Sunday.

The big picture: The deaths of Road to Relief's Spanish director Emma Igual and her Canadian colleague Anthony Ihnat come a month after the United Nations reported that about 100 incidents had impacted humanitarian operations from January through June.

  • Their deaths take the number of humanitarian workers killed in Ukraine this year to at least seven, compared with four last year, per UN statistics.

Details: Road to Relief said in an online post that the aid workers' vehicle "came under Russian attack" as they passed Chasiv Yar en route to Bakhmut. The vehicle took a "direct hit," caught fire and flipped over.

  • German medical volunteer Ruben Mawick and Swedish volunteer Johan Mathias were injured in the attack, said the aid organization, which helps evacuate civilians from the frontline.

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