Award-winning American journalist Brent Renaud was fatally shot by Russian forces in Ukraine over the weekend, CNN reports.
Renaud, who previously worked for The New York Times and Vice News among others, was killed by Russian forces in Irpin, near Kyiv, police said. Another American journalist, Juan Arredondo was wounded.
"The occupants cynically kill even journalists of international media, who've been trying to tell the truth about atrocities of Russian military in Ukraine,” Kyiv police chief Andriy Nebitov said on Facebook. "Of course, journalism carries risks, but the US citizen Brent Renaud paid with his life for an attempt to shed light on how underhand, cruel, and merciless the aggressor is.”
Renaud is the first foreign journalist known to be killed amid the invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian journalist Yevhenii Sakun was killed earlier this month as Russian forces attacked a Kyiv TV tower.
Renaud was filming refugee doc:
Renaud and his brother Craig, who worked on numerous documentaries together, were in Ukraine to cover the exodus of refugees for a documentary about the global refugee crisis.
He previously worked for the Times, HBO, and NBC. The brothers won a Peabody Award in 2014 for their Vice News documentary about a school in Chicago.
The brothers have worked in several conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Central America.
Renaud was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
Press groups denounce killing:
"Russian forces in Ukraine must stop all violence against journalists and other civilians at once, and whoever killed Renaud should be held to account," the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement.
"Our Nieman Fellow Brent Renaud was gifted and kind, and his work was infused with humanity. He was killed today outside Kiev, and the world and journalism are lesser for it. We are heartsick," said Ann Marie Lipinski, the director of the Nieman Foundation.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said on Telegram that Renaud "paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor."