Two foreign aid volunteers have been killed and two others injured in a Russian missile attack in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv has said.

Emma Igual, the Spanish director of Road to Relief, and Anthony Ihnat, a Canadian colleague, died on Saturday as their vehicle drove towards Bakhmut.

The NGO said that German volunteer Ruben Mawick and Johan Mathias Thyr, a Swede, were badly injured by shrapnel.

The group said the vehicle suffered a “direct hit”, flipped and caught fire.

The aid workers had left from Slovyansk and were headed to the Bakhmut area to assess the needs of civilians “caught in crossfire” in the town of Ivanivske, the statement said.

Madrid confirmed that a Spanish national had died in the attack.

Road to Relief was registered in Ukraine last year to help evacuate civilians from the frontline.

It said that the team was preparing to assess the needs of Ivanivske when they were attacked by Russian forces.


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