A US-based filmmaker and New York Times journalist was shot dead in Ukraine, says reports. The Ukrainian officials have blamed Russia for the death of the journalist, but the reason for his death is not yet identified.
Journalist Brent Renaud was killed in Irpin, the Kyiv Independent quoted Andriy Nebytov, the head of the Kyiv Oblast police, as saying. Andriy Nebytov further claimed that two other journalists were also wounded and hospitalized.
Along with this, while looking for the dead body of the journalist, a New York Times identity card was found among the documents on Renaud’s body, leading to reports he worked for the paper. The New York Times came up with a statement after the incident, stating that Brent Renaud contributed to the publication. However, he was not on the publication’s assignment in Ukraine, the New York Times noted in a statement.
The New York Times stated, “We are deeply saddened after hearing about Brent Renaud’s death. Renaud was a talented filmmaker who had contributed to the New York Times for years. Although he had several contributions to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.”
Moreover, the statement further added, “Early reports that he had worked for Times circulated as he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”
Furthermore, Inna Sovsun, a Member of Ukraine’s Parliament, claimed that the Russian forces killed the journalist, Brent Renaud, though the actual circumstances of his death remain unclear.