Brent Renaud updates: According to police, a US journalist working in Ukraine was shot and killed in the village of Irpin, just outside of Kyiv.Brent Renaud, a 50yearold journalist and videographer working for Time in the region, was killed.Andriy Nebytov, the police chief of Kyiv, said he had been targeted by Russian soldiers. Another two journalists were injured and had to be taken to the hospital. It’s the first time a foreign journalist has been slain while covering the war in Ukraine.
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One of the injured journalists, Juan Arredondo, told an Italian journalist that he was with Renaud when they were attacked. “We were crossing one of the first bridges in Irpin, heading to film more people escape, when we jumped into a car,” he said in a video broadcast on Twitter. Someone offered to drive us to the other bridge, where they began shooting at us after passing through a checkpoint.As a result, the vehicle turned back and continued shooting; there are two of us. Brent Renaud is a friend of mine who was shot and left behind… I saw him get shot in the neck.”Renaud’s press ID, which was issued by the New York Times, is circulating online.The newspaper said in a statement that it was “very grieved” to learn of Renaud’s death, but that he had not been working for it in Ukraine.According to the Times, Renaud last worked for the journal in 2015, and the press ID he was wearing in Ukraine was given years ago.Edward Felsenthal, Time’s editor-in-chief and CEO, and Ian Orefice, Time’s president and chief operations officer, described the loss as “devastating.””As an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Brent regularly addressed the world’s most difficult issues alongside his brother Craig Renaud,” according to the statement.Renaud had travelled to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti to report on the situation.He won a Peabody Award for his work on the Last Chance High series about Chicago schools, which aired in 2014.He frequently collaborated with his brother, Craig, who is also a filmmaker. Craig may or may not have visited Ukraine as well.Renaud’s death comes less than two weeks after Ukrainian journalist Yevhenii Skaum, a camera operator for LIVE, was killed when a TV transmission tower in Kviv was shelled.A British journalist covering the Ukraine conflict was shot and wounded after coming under fire in Kyiv a few days later.
Renaud’s death was confirmed by the State Department later Sunday, which said it was “providing all necessary consular support” to his family.”We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family on their tragic loss,” stated a spokeswoman. According to an automated translation of Renaud’s Facebook post, Nebytov, the Kyiv police chief, Renaud “paid [with] his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s cleverness, cruelty, and ruthlessness.”Renaud and his brother Craig Renaud, according to their website, have reported from a number of global hotspots over the previous two decades, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.In 2015, the duo received a Peabody Award for an eight part documentary for Vice News on a Chicago school for adolescents with serious mental problems.Reports of Renaud’s death were “shocking and horrible,” according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who said on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” that the US and its partners would impose “due penalties” against Russia for the assassination.”I’ll just say that this is part of what has been a brazen aggression on the part of the Russians, who have targeted people, hospitals, places of worship, and journalists,” Sullivan added.