May 11, 2023

11.05.2023 – AFP Journalist Arman Soldin, Dies in Rocket Attack near Bakhmut

Arman Soldin (32), a Bosnian-born French journalist, was killed while reporting in Chasiv Yar near Bakhmut, Ukraine on Tuesday 9 May 2023.

Soldin worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP) as a video coordinator and was accompanying Ukrainian soldiers in the area, which is known for heavy fighting.

A rocket attack by Russian forces struck the group, hitting Soldin and killing him. None of the other members of the reporting crew were injured. Soldin had been reporting from the front line in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in 24 February 2022, and was the agency’s lead video reporter at the time of his death.

The attack occurred around 4.30pm approximately 10 km from Ukrainian frontline positions in Bakhmut, which has been the site of ongoing battles between Ukrainian and Russian forces for the past nine months. The reporting crew had a security adviser with them at the time of the attack.

Soldin, who was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1991,
came with12 months to France in 1992.

Since the start of the new Russian invasion in Ukraine in 2022, at least 14 media workers, including Soldin, have lost their lives, according to the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) – the list of killed journalist is visible on

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