Washington – An American journalist was killed and another wounded by Russian forces in the town of Irbin outside the capital Kyiv while they were traveling to photograph refugees, Ukrainian police said on Sunday.
Brent Reno, a 50-year-old film director, was killed when Russian forces opened fire, according to Andrey Nepetov, commander of the Kyiv regional police force. Nepetov to publish A graphic image allegedly of Renault’s body on Facebook, as well as photos of his US passport and media credentials released by the New York Times.
A spokeswoman for the Times said Reno was “a talented filmmaker who has contributed to The New York Times over the years,” most recently in 2015, but “was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.” time issued a statement Later Sunday, he confirmed that Renault was “in the region working on a TIME Studios project focused on the global refugee crisis.”
Documentary filmmaker Juan Arredondo was injured in the attack, according to local reports and a video to publish By a spokeswoman for a public hospital in Kyiv. Arridondo, who was lying on a hospital stretcher, said he and Raynaud were on their way to photograph people leaving Kyiv when they crossed a checkpoint and were shot.
“Someone offered to take us to the other bridge, and we crossed a checkpoint, and they started shooting at us. So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting, we two. My friend Brent Reno, he was shot, and he was shot,” said Arredondo, who’s also an American. I saw him get shot in the neck, and we split up, and I was cut.”
The State Department confirmed Raynaud’s death in a statement later Sunday, saying it was “providing all possible consular assistance” to his family.
“We extend our deepest condolences to his family on their loss,” a company spokesperson said.
Nepetov, the Kyiv police chief, wrote that Renault “paid [with] his life to try to highlight the ingenuity, ruthlessness and ruthlessness of the assailant,” according to an automated translation of his Facebook post.
Reno and his brother Craig Reno have reported a number of global hotspots over the past two decades, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, according to The CV on their website. the husband won a Peabody Award in 2015 for an eight-part documentary for Vice News about a school in Chicago for students with severe emotional problems.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called reports of Reno’s death “appalling and appalling.”On Sunday, the United States and its allies would impose “appropriate consequences” on Russia for its killing.
“I’m just going to say that this is part and parcel of what was a blatant assault on the part of the Russians, targeting civilians, targeting hospitals, targeting places of worship, targeting journalists,” Sullivan said. .
Lee Cohen, Richard Escobedo, and Margaret Brennan contributed reporting.