Brent Renaud, an award-winning American journalist, has lost his life in the Russia-Ukraine war. Renaud, 50, was shot and killed near Kyiv on Sunday, regional police chief Andriy Nebytov confirmed.
“US citizen Brent Renaud paid with his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s ingenuity, cruelty, and ruthlessness”, Nebytov wrote.
The deceased was in a vehicle with a Ukrainian driver and a photographer Juan Arredondo who was wounded.
As the Colombian received medical treatment, he described how they were attacked while crossing the first bridge at Irpin.
He said they were going to film other refugees leaving the area when someone offered a car to take them.
“As we crossed the checkpoint, they started shooting at us. The driver turned around, but they kept shooting. My friend Brent Renaud was shot in the neck”, Arredondo said.
Renaud worked in Ukraine with Time Studios on a project about the global refugee crisis.
Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal and Time President Ian Orefice issued a joint statement on his passing.
“Our hearts are with all of Brent’s loved ones. It is essential that journalists are able to safely cover this ongoing invasion and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine”, they said.
The former New York Times contributor Renaud was wearing an assignment badge at the time of his death.