Russia-Ukraine war: One Israeli killed near Kyiv, one held captive

Roman Brodsky, 37, was shot while in a convoy of cars leaving Ukraine • Yuri Shvidky, 51, was taken prisoner aboard a Ukrainian ship.

 People are seen near cars, which locals said were burned during recent shelling, in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine February 28, 2022.  (photo credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)
People are seen near cars, which locals said were burned during recent shelling, in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine February 28, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)

An Israeli national was killed by Ukrainian forces while trying to escape the country, the Foreign Ministry reported Sunday.

Roman Brodsky, 37, left behind a wife and children in Ukraine and parents in Israel.

Ukrainian soldiers shot at his car, which was in a convoy driving from Kyiv to the border with Moldova. The soldiers thought Brodsky and another Israeli who was in the car with him were Chechen forces, Channel 12 reported.

Ukrainian soldiers stopped their car at a makeshift checkpoint, where they got into an argument, Channel 11 reported.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett sent condolences to Brodsky’s family Monday night.

 Ukrainian service members look for unexploded shells after a fighting with Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene.  (credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Ukrainian service members look for unexploded shells after a fighting with Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene. (credit: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

“In the name of all of Israel’s citizens, I want to send my condolences to his wife, his children, and his family in Israel and in Ukraine,” he said. “We will continue to do all we can to help Israelis come home.”

In addition, an Israeli Ukrainian was taken prisoner after the Russian Navy detained a Ukrainian ship he was on in the Black Sea, the Foreign Ministry reported.

Yuri Shvidky, 51, was aboard a cargo ship that was towed by Russian warships, it said.

Shvidky’s brother, Semion, told Ynet his brother sent a text message when he was detained and had not made contact since.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.