An award-winning American photographer and filmmaker has been killed in Ukraine, said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Russian Troops Open Fire On Car Killing American Journalist, Injuring At Least One Other Colleague

An award-winning American photographer and filmmaker has been killed in Ukraine, said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Brent Renaud, 51, was shot dead in Irpin, near Kyiv, on Sunday, Kyiv’s police chief Andriy Nebytov said. Renaud was filming refugees crossing the border in Irpin, Ukraine, on Sunday when he was shot

According to the authorities, his colleague, named only as Juan, was also injured but survived and was taken to the hospital.

Reports say that the pair were in a car and had just passed a checkpoint when Russian soldiers opened fire. The driver of the car tried to turn the car around, but Renaud was shot in the neck and died at the scene.

The NYT said Renaud was not in the region on assignment for them and it’s still unclear who he was working for at the time he was killed by Russian troops.

The statement from NYT said: “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.

“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.

“Early reports that he worked for the Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”

Giving his name only as Juan, he said Renaud had been shot in the neck and “had to be left behind”. 

“We had crossed the first bridge in Irpin. We were going to film other refugees leaving we got into a car. Somebody offered to take us to the other bridge. We crossed a checkpoint and they started shooting at us. The driver turned around, there were two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud. He has been shot and left behind. I saw he has been shot in the neck. We got split,” said Juan.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in an appearance on CNN on Sunday morning: ‘If in fact, an American journalist was killed it is a shocking and horrifying event. 

“It is one more example of the brutality of Vladimir Putin and his forces as they target schools, mosques, hospitals, and journalists. 

“It is why we are working so hard to impose severe consequences on him and to try to help Ukrainians with every type of military assistance we can muster to be able to push back against the onslaught of these Russian forces.”

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