How was Brent Renaud, the US journalist in Ukraine, killed?
Brent Renaud, 51, an award-winning videographer was killed when the car he was travelling in, along with another journalist, was shot at by Russian troops.
Brent Renaud, 51, an award-winning videographer was killed when the car he was travelling in was fired on by Russian troops according to police. He and another journalist who was injured were travelling to film civilians fleeing their homes as Russian troops surround Kyiv.
According to the regional police, Renaud was fatally shot when Russian forces shot at the car near the Romanivsky Bridge in Irpin. On a Facebook post, Kyiv Chief of Police Andrey Nebitov wrote “The occupants cynical[ly] kill even journalists of the international media who try to show the truth about the inaction of Russian troops in Ukraine.”
Renaud was accompanied by Juan Arredondo, a Colombian-American photographer, who regularly works with The New York Times and National Geographic according to his bio. He explained from the hospital that he and Renaud after crossing a bridge in Irpin, they had gotten into another car and when they reached a checkpoint they came under fire. The two got split up while trying to escape continued firing from the checkpoint.
Confusion about why Renaud was in Kyiv
Initial reports said that he was a New York Times journalist by the publication stated that he was not on assignment for them in Ukraine and that he last collaborated with the newspaper in 2015.
The confusion came when he was found with a press badge that he had been issued years ago by the New York Times. A spokeswoman for the paper Danielle Rhoades Ha said “We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death.”
A talented filmmaker
Renaud had spent the last decade working in hot spots around the world to present candid humanistic stories according to a biography posted by him and his brother Craig Renaud. The brothers won a Peabody Award in 2015 for a Vice News documentary on a Chicago school for students with severe emotional issues.
The two brothers often worked together to cover the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the fight for Mosul, the earthquake in Haiti, and extremism in Africa. The brothers also explored the violence of the drug cartels in Mexico and youth refugees in Central America.