US journalist shot dead in Ukraine by Russian forces: Kyiv police chief

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An American journalist was shot and killed by Russian forces in the town of Irpin in Ukraine’s Kyiv region and another journalist was wounded, Kyiv regional police chief Andriy Nyebytov said on Sunday.

Earlier, AFP had quoted medics and witnesses saying that a US journalist was shot dead and another wounded on Sunday in Irpin, a frontline northwest suburb of Kyiv.

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Danylo Shapovalov, a surgeon volunteering for the Ukrainian territorial defense, said one of the Americans died instantly and he had treated the other.

AFP reporters in Irpin saw the body of the victim.

Kyiv regional police chief Nyebytov initially said the dead journalist worked for the New York Times. However, the Times said that the journalist had previously worked for the paper but was not currently working for it. The Times named the journalist as Brent Renaud.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” The Times said in a statement posted on Twitter by its spokesperson.

“Though he had contributed to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at The
Times in Ukraine,” it said.

“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.”

Nyebytov said that Renaud was shot by Russian forces in Irpin, but did not give details of the incident. He did not identify the wounded journalist.

“Another journalist was wounded. We are currently trying to take the victim out of the combat zone,” he said in a statement.

The US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaking to CNN said will consult with allies and partners to learn more about reported death of the US journalist near Kyiv.

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