Israeli Man Killed in Ukraine

Father of two was shot dead while trying to reach the border with Moldova

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Ukraine
Illustration. Checkpoint in Kiev. Photo: EPA-EFE/MIKHAIL PALINCHAK

Roman Brodsky has been identified as the first Israeli to die in the fighting in Ukraine. Israel’s Foreign Ministry reported yesterday that he and his partner were part of a convoy traveling from Kiev to the Moldovan border after his family in Israel persuaded him to leave Ukraine.

Brodsky was shot dead at a checkpoint about 84 kilometers south of the Ukrainian capital by Ukrainian militia who mistook him for a Russian militant.

Roman Brodsky was born in Ukraine. He made Aliyah to Israel with his parents at the age of 13, and lived in the Jewish state for 27 years. Two years ago he decided to return to Ukraine and start a business in Kiev. He worked there as a DJ.

Upon learning of Brodsky’s death, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated: “In the name of all Israeli citizens, I want to send my condolences to Roman’s wife, children and family in Israel and in Ukraine. We are doing everything to help Israelis return home.”

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