Photographer and filmmaker, Brent Renaud, who previously worked for the New York Times, is said to have been ‘shot dead’ by Russian forces in Ukraine while trying to film refugees escaping the conflict
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According to Ukrainian police, a former New York Times award-winning journalist was shot dead by Russian forces and another wounded.
The head of police in the Kyiv region said one journalist was killed and another injured in the town of Irpin near the capital.
In a statement, The New York Times confirmed the tragic death of their colleague, Brent Renaud, a “talented” photographer and film producer, but emphasized that he was not assigned to the paper. newspaper in Ukraine.
It reads: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brent Renaud. Brent is a gifted photographer and film producer who has contributed to The New York Times over the years.
“Although he has contributed to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he has not been assigned to any desk at The Times in Ukraine.
“Initial reports that he worked for the Times circulated because he was wearing the Times press badge that was issued for the assignment years ago.”
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A tweet by Kyiv police appeared to show images of Mr Reanud’s documents including what appeared to be a passport, press badges and believed to be a photograph of him injured.
Elsewhere on Twitter, videos emerged of Renaud’s injured colleague being treated at a Ukrainian hospital.
Speaking to the camera, the man on the hospital bed introduced himself as ‘Juan from America’ and said he was a friend of Mr Renaud’s before describing what happened.
He said: “We cross the first bridge in Irpin, we’ll film the other refugees leaving and we get in the car – someone offered to take us to the other bridge.
“We passed a checkpoint and they started with us so the driver turned around and they kept shooting, there were two of us.
“My friend was Brent Renaud and he was shot and left behind.”
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A woman filming a clip asked Juan “how are you [Brent]”to which he replied ‘I don’t know’ before adding ‘I saw him shot in the neck, we were separated and I was put in… an ambulance without my knowledge. “
A tweet by police in Kyiv read: “URGENT! In Irpen, Russian occupiers just shot New York Times international journalists! One dead, one wounded. Now militia trying to evacuate victims get out of the combat zone.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/breaking-american-journalist-shot-dead-26455542 Former New York Times journalist 'shot dead by Russians', Ukrainian police claim