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US journalist shot dead by Russian forces in Ukraine's Kyiv

An outraged Ukrainian cop said, 'Tell U, tell world, what they did to a journalist'


An American journalist and film maker was killed and a photographer was injured by Russian troops in Kyiv, on Sunday.

According to media reports, Brent Renaud, an award-winning film maker who previously worked with The New York Times, was shot dead by Russian troops in Irpin in Ukraine's Kyiv region.

The Guardian, quoting local police and Ukrainian sources, said Renaud came under Russian fire and was hit on the neck.

In a tweet, another journalist, Jane Ferguson, who was nearby when Renaud was shot at tweeted: "Just left roadside spot near Irpin where body of American journalist Brent Renaud lay under a blanket. Ukranian medics could do nothing to help him by that stage. Outraged Ukrainian police officer: “Tell America, tell the world, what they did to a journalist.”

"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," NYTimes said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"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 Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago," the statement read.

"Another journalist was wounded. We are currently trying to take the victim out of the combat zone," Kyiv regional police chief Andriy Nyebytov said in a statement on Sunday.

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