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Death of volunteers in Beryslav due to Russian strike: Investigation launched in France

Death of volunteers in Beryslav due to Russian strike: Investigation launched in France Illustrative photo: France is investigating the death of its citizens in Beryslav as a result of a Russian strike (Getty Images)

France's Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office has announced the commencement of an investigation into the death of two French humanitarian workers in Beryslav, Ukraine, during a Russian airstrike that occurred on February 1st, reports BFMTV.

As a result of the drone attack on the city in the Kherson region, three more French citizens were injured.

An investigation has been opened into the fact of war crimes and intentional harm to the life of a protected person, including under international humanitarian law.

The case has been transferred to the gendarmes of the Central Office for Combating Crimes against Humanity (OCLCH).

Since the beginning of the large-scale military aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, this is the tenth procedure opened by the French anti-terrorism prosecutor's office.

Death of French volunteers in Beryslav

On February 1, during a Russian drone attack on Beryslav in the Kherson region, two French citizens were killed, and three others were injured. The following day, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the killing of volunteers and called the Russian attack a cowardly and outrageous act.

According to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Séjourné, the terrorist country must be held accountable for its crimes.

The killing of foreign volunteers was also condemned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The head of state emphasized that Russian terror knows no nationality when it comes to victims.