Russian Forces Shot and Killed an American Journalist in Ukraine
Russian forces shot and killed an American journalist in Ukraine and wounded another one, authorities reported.
Andriy Nyebytov, Kyiv regional police chief, announced that the journalist named Brent Renaud was killed in the town of Irpin in Ukraine’s Kyiv region. Nyebytov initially said the dead journalist worked for the New York Times. However the Times said that the journalist had previously worked for the paper but was not currently working for it.
He shared images of the journalist’s body, as well as his press ID and US passport.
The journalist is a Peabody and DuPont Award winning filmmaker, best known for producing humanitarian stories from conflict zones.
He has been a journalist for over two decades.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” The Times said in a statement posted on Twitter by its spokesperson.
“Early reports that he worked for Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”
Nyebytov said that Renaud was shot by Russian forces in Irpin, but did not give details of the incident. He did not identify the wounded journalist.
“Another journalist was wounded. We are currently trying to take the victim out of the combat zone,” he said in a statement.
Source: Duetsche Welle