Renowned American journalist, Brent Renaud, has been killed by the Russian forces in the Irpin region, outside Kyiv, in Ukraine.
According to local police reports, Renaud was hit in the neck by Russian fire and died after, as the Ukrainian medics could do nothing to help him due to heavy Russian shelling.
A reporter for PBS Newshour, Jane Ferguson, who was reportedly close to the scene where Renauld was killed gave her account of the incident in a tweet.
She tweeted: “Just left roadside spot near Irpin where body of American journalist Brent Renaud lay under a blanket. Ukrainian medics could do nothing to help him by that stage. Outraged Ukrainian police officer: ‘Tell America, tell the world, what they did to a journalist.”
The Kyiv region police said in a social media post on Sunday that another American journalist, Juan Arredondo, sustained injuries from the attack.
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Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interior minister has declared in a statement that Renaud “paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor.”
A New York Times report also quoted an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko as saying Renaud “paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor.”
There were reports that Renaud was killed while on official assignment for the New York Times. However, the Deputy Managing Editor of the paper, Clifford Levy has debunked that claim in a statement he issued.
“[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 film-maker, but he was not on assignment for the New York Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge he had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”
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