Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney TD
Statement15 March 2022
I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Pierre Zakrzewski, an Irish citizen and journalist who was killed while on duty covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I offer my deepest condolences to his family. Officials from my Department are in touch with his family and are providing consular assistance.
The loss of life of all citizens through this reckless war is deplorable, and I also wish to strongly condemn the killing of journalists who have been working bravely to shine a light on the plight of Ukraine since the outbreak of hostilities.
Ireland once again calls on Russia to bring an end to this war and we stand ready to support any initiative which can deliver peace. We will continue to demand accountability for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
15 March 2022