A Russian projectile ended the life of Spanish aid worker Emma Igual, co-founder of the NGO Road to Relief, on Saturday, as confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government. The vehicle in which she and three other volunteers were traveling was attacked in Chasiv Yar, a municipality neighboring Bajmut, in the Ukrainian province of Donetsk, and one of the most intense war fronts. Along with Igual, the Canadian Anthony Ihnat died.
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Igual, a 32-year-old Catalan woman, co-founded Road to Relief in March 2022, just a month after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. The NGO specialized in assistance and evacuation of civilians in combat zones. According to a Road to Relief statement released Saturday night, she and her team were heading from the village of Ivanivske, on the front lines of the fighting, to help neighbors. On the way, “the car received a direct impact, overturned and caught fire.”
Emma Igual, in a photograph published on the Instagram account of the NGO Road to Relief.Saphryn Shikaze (Road to Relief)
The statement indicated that Igual’s condition was unknown at the time, but confirmed the death of Ihnat, the driver, and the injuries suffered by two more volunteers, the German doctor Ruben Mawick and the Swede Johan Matias Thyr.
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