American filmmaker Brent Renaud reportedly killed by Russian forces in Ukraine | Ukraine
Brent Renaud, an award-winning American filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times and other media, was reportedly killed by Russian forces in the burning town of Irpin, outside Kyiv. An American photographer, Juan Arredondo, was injured.
Renaud, 51, was shot in the neck and died after coming under Russian fire while working on Sunday, according to local police officials, but this could not be independently verified.
Jane Ferguson, a PBS Newshour reporter who was nearby when Renaud was killed, tweeted: “Just left the side of the road near Irpin where the body of US journalist Brent Renaud was lying under a blanket. Ukrainian doctors could do nothing to help him at this stage. Outraged Ukrainian police officer: “Tell America, tell the world what they did to a journalist.”
Clifford Levy, deputy editor of The New York Times, posted a statement on Twitter clarifying that Renaud was not on assignment for the newspaper, contrary to earlier 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 wasn’t on assignment for The New York Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for the Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge issued to him for an assignment many years ago.
Levy added, “Brent’s death is a terrible loss. Courageous journalists like Brent take enormous risks to bear witness and tell the world about the devastation and suffering caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Kyiv region police chief Andrei Nebitov said in a statement: “The occupiers callously kill even international media journalists who try to show the truth about the atrocities of Russian troops in Ukraine.
Arredondo, 45, a World Press Photo winner and assistant professor at Columbia University, said he and Renaud went to Irpin to film refugees escaping the town, and were shot at by forces near a checkpoint. Filmed describing what happened while receiving treatment in hospital, he suggested they had been ambushed.
“We crossed the first bridge in Irpin. We were going to film all the refugees leaving. We got in a car… Someone offered to take us to the other bridge and we went through a checkpoint and they started shooting at us,” Arredondo said. “So the driver turned around and they kept shooting… 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 doing, Arredondo replied, “I don’t know. I saw that he had been shot in the neck. And we separated.
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told CNN: “If in fact an American journalist was killed, it is a shocking and horrifying event. It is yet another example of the brutality of Vladimir Putin and his forces as they targeted schools, mosques, hospitals and journalists.
“And that’s why we are working so hard to impose serious consequences on him and to try to help the Ukrainians with every form of military assistance that we can muster, to be able to repel the onslaught of these Russian forces.”