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Russian Attack Claims Lives of Foreign Aid Workers in Ukraine


Emma Igual, director of Road to Relief, was killed Sunday in Ukraine in a Russian attack. Photo courtesy of Ukraine Foreign Ministry

Tragedy struck in eastern Ukraine over the weekend, as two foreign aid workers lost their lives in a Russian attack.

Road to Relief, a prominent humanitarian organization, confirmed that a vehicle carrying four of its members was targeted by Russian shelling near the town of Ivanivske in the Russia-occupied Donetsk Oblast. The vehicle overturned and subsequently caught fire following the attack, which took place around 10 a.m. Sunday as the team journeyed from Slovyansk to Bakhmut to assist civilians trapped in the conflict.

Among the deceased is Anthony "Tonko" Ihnat from Canada, whose passing was confirmed by the organization. Additionally, the Spanish government verified the death of Emma Igual, the director of Road to Relief.

The other two members aboard, German Ruben Mawick and Swede Johan Mathias Thyr, suffered serious injuries from shrapnel and burns. They are currently recuperating in hospitals located at a safe distance from the conflict zone.

Ukraine's Ministry of Defense corroborated the reports of the deaths, while emphasizing the non-combatant nature of Road2Relief's work in the region. Their primary efforts revolve around civilian projects, which encompass the evacuation of civilians in conflict areas, offering humanitarian aid to frontline communities, and establishing mobile clinics for residents confined to their homes.

Expressions of grief and condolences poured in from other Ukrainian aid organizations following the sad announcement. UAnimials, an animal rescue group, highlighted Igual's selfless aid in evacuating a rescued goat named Snizhka. Despite Road to Relief's primary focus being on humans, UAnimials highlighted Igual's dedication to saving all lives. Paracrew Humanitarian Aid, on the other hand, paid tribute to Ihnat, a former member of their organization, praising his compassion, empathy, and strength.

This unfortunate incident sheds light on the larger issue faced by aid workers in the region. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently highlighted the dangers aid workers are exposed to in Ukraine. Their report outlined over 100 security incidents obstructing aid operations this year, especially in Russian-controlled areas. This year's toll on aid workers, with six killed and 16 injured even before the recent incident, already surpasses the total from the previous year.

The escalating violence and its impact on aid efforts underline the pressing need for a peaceful resolution in the region.

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Unknown member
Sep 13, 2023

more from the psychopathic moron and his mates !! twats to a man !

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Unknown member
Sep 11, 2023

What can be expected from a sub-species of criminal malcontents that invade a country to steal its resources and children?

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Unknown member
Sep 18, 2023
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You are defending the GRU. I am a veteran who fought a few of them over 50 years ago. I am sure there are some good Russians and they are fighting on the side of Ukraine. I realize many Orcs fear their government, knowing that if they speak the truth, jail or death as they fall out a window is the reward. By the way, I am 79 years old and I am my boss. My question is why defend evil unless you are also evil?

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