Brent Renaud, an award-winning American director whose work has appeared in the New York Times and other publications, was killed by Russian forces in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv. An American photographer, Juan Arredondo, was injured.
Reno, 51, was stabbed in the neck and died after receiving Russian fire while working on Sunday, according to local police officials and several Ukrainian sources.
Jane Ferguson, a PBS Newshour reporter who was nearby when Reno was killed, wrote on Twitter: Ukrainian doctors could do nothing to help him at that stage. Outraged Ukrainian policeman: “Tell America, tell the world what they did to a journalist.”
The New York Times Deputy Editor-in-Chief Clifford Levy issued a statement on Twitter stating that Renaud was not in charge of the newspaper, contrary to previous reports.
“[The New York Times] is deeply saddened to learn of the death of an American journalist in Ukraine, Brent Renaud. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker, but he was not on a mission for the New York Times in Ukraine. The first reports that he worked for the Times came out because he was wearing a Times Press badge issued for a mission many years ago.
Levy added: “Brent’s death is a terrible loss. “Brave journalists like Brent take a huge risk to testify and tell the world about the devastation and suffering caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
“The occupiers are cynically killing even international media journalists trying to tell the truth about the atrocities committed by Russian troops in Ukraine,” said Kyiv region police chief Andrei Nebitov in a statement.
Arredondo, 45, a World Press Photo winner and assistant professor at Columbia University, said he and Renaud had gone to Irpin to film refugees fleeing the city and were shot by forces near a checkpoint. Turning to describing what had happened while receiving hospital treatment, he said they had been ambushed.
“We crossed the first bridge in Irpin. We were going to film all the refugees who left. We got into a car… Someone offered to take us to the other bridge and we passed a checkpoint and they started firing at us, “Arredondo said. “So the driver came back, and they kept firing; and there were two of us. “My friend is Brent Renaud and he was shot and left behind.”
When the interviewer asked how Renaud was, Arredondo replied: “I do not know. I saw that he had been shot in the neck. And we broke up. “
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN: “If an American journalist was indeed killed, it is a shocking and horrific event. It is another example of the barbarity of Vladimir Putin and his forces as they have targeted schools and mosques, hospitals and journalists.
“And that is why we are working so hard to have serious consequences and to try to help the Ukrainians with whatever form of military assistance we can muster, so that we can repel the attack of these Russian forces.”
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