American journalist Brent Renaud was shot dead by Russian forces in Ukraine
Washington – An American journalist was killed and another injured by Russian forces in the town of Irpin, outside the capital Kyiv, when they were traveling to film refugees, Ukrainian police said on Sunday.
Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old filmmaker, was killed when Russian troops opened fire, according to Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police. Nebytov posted a graphic photo on Facebook allegedly showing Renaud’s body, along with images of his American passport and media credentials issued by the New York Times.
A Times spokeswoman said Renaud is “a talented filmmaker who has contributed to The New York Times over the years,” most recently in 2015, but he “wasn’t assigned to any desk at The Times in Ukraine.” TIME later on Sunday released a statement confirming that Renaud “has been working in the region on a TIME Studios project focused on the global refugee crisis.”
Documentary filmmaker Juan Arredondo was injured in the attack, according to local reports and a video posted by a spokeswoman for a public hospital in Kyiv. Arredondo, who was lying on a hospital stretcher, said he and Renaud were on their way to film people leaving Kyiv when they crossed a checkpoint and came under fire.
“Someone offered to take us to the other bridge and we crossed a checkpoint and they started shooting at us. So the driver turned around and they kept shooting, two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud and he was left shot,” said Arredondo, also an American. “I saw him shot in the neck and we split up and I was dragged.”
The Foreign Office confirmed Renaud’s death in a statement later Sunday and said it was offering “every possible consular assistance” to his family.
“We offer our sincere condolences to his family on their loss,” a spokesman said.
Nebytov, the Kyiv police chief, wrote that Renaud “paid [with] his life trying to highlight the ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness of the attacker,” read an automated translation of his Facebook post.
According to a biography on their website, Renaud and his brother Craig Renaud have covered a number of global flashpoints over the past two decades, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt. The couple won a 2015 Peabody Award for an eight-part documentary for Vice News about a Chicago school for students with severe emotional problems.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called reports of Renaud’s death “shocking and appalling”.on Sunday that the US and its allies would impose “appropriate consequences” on Russia for the killing.
“I just want to say that this is an integral part of what has been brazen aggression on the part of the Russians, where they have targeted civilians, hospitals, places of worship and journalists,” Sullivan said.
Li Cohen, Richard Escobedo, and Margaret Brennan contributed coverage.