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Brent Renaud: Award-Winning US Filmmaker Killed In Ukraine

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Brent Renaud, an award-winning US filmmaker was fatally shot by Russian forces in Irpin, close to Kyiv, according to officials in Ukraine.

Renaud was shot and killed by Russian soldiers in Irpin, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine while covering the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Two other journalists were injured and taken to hospital. One of them, Juan Arredondo, later tweeted that the group of journalists were filming civilians evacuating through one of the bridges in Irpen when the Russian soldiers targeted them and shot Renaud in his neck.

It was the first reported death of a foreign journalist in the war in Ukraine.

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Brent Renaud (October 2, 1971 – March 13, 2022) was an American journalist, writer, documentary filmmaker, and photojournalist. Renaud worked with his brother Craig to produce films for outlets such as HBO and Vice News, and he was a former contributor to The New York Times. Ukrainian officials on March 13th 2022, said Renaud was killed in a suburb near Kyiv while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker, working alongside his brother Craig as the Renaud Brothers, also produced films for HBO, NBC, Discovery, PBS and Vice News, among others.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” a spokesperson for the publication said in a statement.

“Though he had contributed to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago,” according to the statement.

A US reporter said in a video shared by Ukraine’s Parliament that Russian forces near a checkpoint opened fire on a car with foreign journalists inside as they were on the way to film people fleeing Russia’s assault.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said in a statement that Brent Renaud “paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor”.

A Ukrainian police officer told a PBS correspondent to “tell America, tell the world, what they did to a journalist”.