American Journalist killed in Ukraine
An American journalist was killed in Ukraine, and another was injured.
Danylo Shapovalov, a volunteer surgeon for Ukrainian territorial defense, stated that one of the Americans died instantly and that he had treated the other.
On Sunday, a US journalist was killed and another was injured in Irpin, a frontline suburb of Kyiv that has seen some of the fiercest battles since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Papers discovered on the American reporter’s body recognized him as Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old video documentary shooter from New York.
A New York Times identity card was found among the papers, prompting speculation that he worked for the publication; however, the US daily stated that he was not working for it at the time of his death.
The injured reporter was identified as American photographer Juan Arredondo by the International Federation of Journalists.
What happened to American Journalist?
According to a medic on the scene, a third victim, a Ukrainian who was in the same car as the Americans, was also injured.
AFP reporters in Irpin witnessed volunteer Ukrainian soldiers rush the body on a stretcher to a more safe place before laying it out on the ground for further identification.
Renaud died immediately from a gunshot wound to the neck, according to Danylo Shapovalov, a volunteer surgeon for Ukrainian territorial defense.
Ukrainian officials were quick to blame Russian forces for the shooting, but the specific circumstances remained unknown.
Reporters from AFP heard small arms and artillery fire in the area, which runs along the front and separates Ukrainian positions from advancing Russian forces.
“The car was targeted. There were two journos present, as well as one of us “According to Shapovalov,”Our guy and the journalist were injured; I gave them first aid; the other one received a neck wound and died immediately.”
How did the American Journalist die?
Renaud, who last contributed to the New York Times in 2015, was described as a “talented photographer and filmmaker” by the paper.
“He was not on assessment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine,” deputy managing editor Cliff Levy tweeted.
Arredondo stated in a news video shot of him in his hospital bed that the journalists’ vehicle was attacked after passing through a Ukrainian-controlled checkpoint.
“We planned to film other refugees leaving. When we got into the car, someone offered to drive us to the other bridge “He stated.
They just keep shooting…
“We passed through a checkpoint and they began shooting at us, so the man drove around and they continued shooting.”
Ukrainian officials directly blamed Russian forces for the attack, which took place near a bridge connecting Irpin to the flashpoint town of Bucha, which is now under Russian control.
According to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, US officials will consult with Kyiv to determine the details of the attack.
“We’ll be consulting with Ukrainians to determine how this happened, and then we’ll measure and execute appropriate consequences,” Sullivan told CBS television.
Renaud received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2019, which he used to report on a variety of global issues, including Black Lives Matter protests in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
According to his official Nieman biography, his other work included an HBO documentary on heroin addiction and reports on Africa and the Middle East.
Renaud is the first foreign journalist to be killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.
On March 1, a Ukrainian journalist was killed during a Russian missile strike on Kyiv’s television tower, which killed five people walking in the area.
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