KYIV, Ukraine (Ukraine) — March 13, 2022 Russian forces murdered one American journalist and injured another
near Irpin, a town near Kiev, Ukrainian authorities reported Sunday.
According to Kyiv police, award-winning filmmaker Brent Renaud was shot and died during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Renaud's passport and New York Times journalist credentials were photographed and circulated on social media by a provincial police chief.
Renaud's death was also confirmed by a representative for Ukraine's Interior Ministry, who told the New York Times that the 50-year-old "paid with his life for attempting to expose the aggressor's insidiousness, cruelty, and ruthlessness."
Renaud was a "skilled filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years," according to the New York Times, most recently in 2015. In Ukraine, though, he was not on assignment for the Times.
Renaud had previously worked for a number of American news outlets. For a Vice News documentary about a Chicago high school for children with mental issues, he and his brother, Craig, had won a Peabody Award.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, cartel violence in Mexico, and young refugees in Central America are all covered on the brothers' website.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that reports of Renaud's killing were "shocked and tragic."
According to Sullivan, the US will "work with the Ukrainians to determine how this occurred, and then to measure and implement appropriate repercussions as a result of it."
He went on to say that the recent news was "inextricably linked" to earlier Russian military actions: "...Civilians, hospitals, institutions of worship, and journalists have all been targeted."
Wnctimes by Marjorie Farrington