Ukrainian Doctor Killed In Libya, Wife Loses Legs In Bombing

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian neurosurgeon has been killed in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata during battles between rebels and government forces.

Tripoli Street, in downtown Misrata, was once a posh avenue of shops and expensive apartments, but weeks of battles between between Government loyalists and rebels have left it in ruins.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the doctor was killed by a shell while leaving his home on Wednesday.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev, said the doctor's wife was severely wounded by the shell.

He says "my deepest condolences for that couple. This is not just a couple, this is what Ukrainian people are showing to humanity, to the world."

The foreign ministry on Thursday expressed concerns that some Ukrainians living in Libya have disregarded the ministry's warning to leave the country immediately.

The ministry says 19 Ukrainians were evacuated Sunday from Misrata.

Source: AP