#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE (Donetsk) – October 02 – A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed in Donetsk as the office of the humanitarian organization was shelled, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ICRC has confirmed on its Twitter account that its office in Donetsk has been shelled and a humanitarian worker died in the attack.
ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson confirmed that the worker was a Swiss national.
“One of our colleagues, a Swiss national, was killed in Donetsk, Ukraine, when a shell hit close to our office. We’re deeply distressed by this loss,” Watson told Reuters.
There’s been a tragic incident in our office in #Donetsk#Ukraine. We’re clarifying facts and will update you as soon as possible.
— ICRC (@ICRC) October 2, 2014
“A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, has been killed,”Eduard Basurin, head of the political department of the Defence Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told TASS news agency.
Etienne was deputy head of the Red Cross mission in Donetsk, according to an Interfax correspondent.
The death of the humanitarian worker is very concerning, a spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine told RIA Novosti.
He expressed condolences, adding that the OSCE will investigate the incident and prepare a report by Friday.
Several blasts were heard in the center of Donetsk as it was heavily shelled, RT Arabic correspondent Anna Knishenko reported from the eastern Ukrainian city.
— RT Anna Knishenko (@A_Knishenko_RT) October 2, 2014
RT English correspondent Maria Finoshina also reported that a residential area was shelled and that among the hit areas were dormitories for displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and returned POWs.
We hear about 4 more shells. 3 more apartment buildings and garages are targeted.#Donetsk residential areas shelled.
— Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) October 2, 2014
The City Council confirmed the shelling on its website, adding that emergency services were deployed to the site.