US journalist shot dead by Russian forces in Ukraine

US journalist shot dead by Russian forces in Ukraine

The New York Times has confirmed Brent Renaud, who had previously contributed to the publication, has died, while local officials have said another journalist was wounded by Russian forces in Irpin

A US journalist who had previously worked for the New York Times has been killed in Ukraine.

The head of police in the Kyiv region said that Brent Renaud had been killed and another wounded by Russian forces in Irpin, east of the capital.

“The invaders cynically kill even journalists of the international media who try to show the truth about the atrocities of Russian troops in Ukraine,” Andriy Nebitov wrote on Facebook.

“Of course, the profession of a journalist is a risk, but US citizen Brent Renaud paid his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness.”

He also published photos of the press ID and passport of Mr Renaud, which had led to initial reports that Mr Renaud had been on assignment for the New York Times.

In a statement published on social media, New York Times deputy managing editor Cliff Levy said the publication was “deeply saddened” to learn of Mr Renaud’s death, who he described as a “talented photographer and filmmaker”.

Though Mr Renaud had contributed to the Times previously, he had not been on assignment for the publication 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,” a statement he shared from a New York Times spokesperson said.

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