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Two American Journalists In Ukraine – One Killed, Second Wounded

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American awarding-winning photographer and filmmaker, Brent Renaud, 50, was shot and killed near the front line in Ukraine on Sunday. 

Andrey Nebitov, a law enforcement official in Kyiv, posted photos on social media of Mr. Renaud’s body, a New York Times badge and passport. Mr. Nebitov blamed the killing on Russian troops and reported that other journalists were wounded. 

The New York Times denied Renaud was covering Ukraine for the paper although he had in the past.

Agence France-Presse reported that one of their journalists witnessed Mr. Renaud’s body. 

Mr. Renaud was traveling through a checkpoint in Irpin, a Kyiv suburb, with Jan Arredondo, an American photographer, who was shot in his upper thigh, and then transported to a hospital in Kiev. He is currently in stable condition. 

In an Instagram video posted by the hospital, Arredondo recounted their ordeal.

“We crossed the first bridge in Irpin,” Mr. Arredondo said. “We were going to film all the refugees leaving, and we got into a car. Somebody offered to take us to the other bridge. We crossed a checkpoint, and they started shooting at us. So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting. It was two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud, and he’s been shot and left behind.”

“He had been shot in the neck, and we got split,” Mr. Arredondo said in the video, which has been verified. 

Mr. Renaud was in Ukraine working on a project on the global refugee crisis for Time Studios, according to a statement from Time Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal and Time Studios head Ian Orefice.

“Our hearts are with all of Brent’s loved ones,” they said. “It is essential that journalists are able to safely cover this ongoing invasion and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.” 

“We are devastated by the loss of Brent Renaud. As an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Brent tackled the toughest stories around the world often alongside his brother Craig Renaud.”

A New York Times spokeswoman said in an email that the newspaper was “deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death.”

Mr. Renaud and his brother, Craig, won a 2014 Peabody Award for a Vice News documentary on a Chicago school serving at-risk students. 

Brent Renaud was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. 

Ann Marie Lipinski, the curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, said on Twitter. “He was killed today outside Kyiv, and the world and journalism are lesser for it. We are heartsick.”

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