The Spanish volunteer Emma Igual, 32, died this Sunday in Ukraine after a Russian projectile hit the vehicle in which she was traveling, near Bakhmut. A Canadian volunteer, Anthony Ihmal, also died in the attack, and a German doctor and a Swedish volunteer were injured, as reported in a statement by the organization they worked for, Road To Relief.
Foreign Minister José Luis Albares confirmed Igual’s death, as well as his identity, during an appearance from New Delhi, where he participated in the G20 summit. The NGO dedicated its efforts to the assistance and evacuation of civilians trapped by the conflict caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Road To Relief has reported that the Igual team was heading to Bakhmut this Sunday morning to determine the needs of civilians who had been caught in the crossfire between the Ukrainian and Russian armies, in the towns of Ivanivske, Donetsk and the Bakhmut region.
“On his way there, passing through Chasiv Yar, his vehicle has been attacked by Russian forces,” the Road 2 Relief statement said. “After receiving a direct impact, the vehicle overturned and caught fire.”
The NGO has confirmed that in addition to Igual and the Canadian volunteer Anthony Ihnat, a German volunteer doctor, Ruben Mawick, as well as a Swedish citizen, Johan Mathias Thyr, who were injured, were traveling in the vehicle. Both suffer injuries caused by shrapnel as well as burns and have been taken to hospitals.
She was also the co-founder of Road To Relief, an organization that began its work with the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol, one of the cities devastated by Russian forces, and in recent months has focused its activities on the towns of Donetsk and Kherson.