Ukrainian forces kill Israeli man trying to flee the country

The incident was reportedly a case of mistaken identity

Ukrainian troops have shot and killed an Israeli man trying to flee the country during the Russian military operation, Tel Aviv confirmed on Monday.

Russia attacked its neighbor last week, arguing that it was defending the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke off from Ukraine following the 2014 coup in Kiev. Ukraine said the attack was entirely unprovoked and called on the international community for help.

Israeli media reported that Roman Brodsky, who had been living in Ukraine for the past few years, was shot by the Ukrainians at a roadblock 95km (59 miles) south of Kiev, when he tried to escape by car to Moldova. The man was described as a father of two and a DJ.

Haaretz newspaper said the Ukrainians had apparently mistaken Brodsky for someone else. Several outlets reported that he was killed by soldiers, while others said he was shot by militia members. Ukraine has been actively arming civilians and urging them to stay on the lookout for groups of “Russian saboteurs” infiltrating cities.

“They thought he was Chechen or something and killed him,” the man’s father was quoted as saying. Nevertheless, Brodsky’s family told the media they blame Moscow for their son’s death.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett expressed condolences to Brodsky’s family and said Tel Aviv will “continue to do all we can to help Israelis return home.”

Many countries, including the US, Britain, and EU member states, imposed new sanctions on Russia, hitting its banks and trade, among other things. The majority of European countries closed their airspace to Russian airlines, and Moscow has responded in kind.

Russians and Ukrainians held the first round of peace talks in Belarus on Monday.

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