US journalist, Brent Renaud, killed in Ukraine

A US journalist working in Ukraine has been shot dead in the town of Irpin, outside Kyiv, police say. Brent Renaud, 50, was a journalist and filmmaker who had previously worked for the New York Times. 

Kyiv’s police chief Andriy Nebytov said he had been targeted by Russian soldiers, BBC reported. 

Two other journalists were injured and taken to hospital. It is the first reported death of a foreign journalist covering the war in Ukraine. 

One of the injured journalists, Juan Arredondo, told an Italian reporter that he was with Brent Renaud when they came under fire. 

“We were across one of the first bridges in Irpin, going to film other refugees leaving, and we got into a car”, he said in a video. 

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“Somebody offered to take us to the other bridge and we crossed a checkpoint, and they start shooting at us. So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting; there’s two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud, and he’s been shot and left behind… I saw him being shot in the neck.” 

Photographs are circulating online showing a press ID for Renaud that was issued by the New York Times. 

In a statement, the newspaper said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of Renaud’s death but that he had not been working for the newspaper in Ukraine. 

Renaud last worked for the publication in 2015, the Times said, and the press ID he was wearing in Ukraine had been issued years ago.


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