Former New York Times Contributor Killed While In Ukraine

It has been reported by Ukrainian nation police officials that Brent Renaud, a former New York Times contributor, was killed by the Russian invasion forces encroaching the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, reportedly there was another pair of individuals also wounded in the same attack that took Renaud’s life, according to reports.

As reported by Fox News:

The Main Directorate of the National Police in Kyiv Region tweeted photos Sunday purportedly showing a bloodied journalist, his U.S. passport, and his press badge enclosed in a U.S. peacekeeper holder. 

Both documents bore identification photos and the name Brent Renaud. 

The press badge was labeled New York Times and listed names of a senior and executive producers for Renaud and the address of the New York City office for The Gray Lady.

Journalist Paul Ronzheimer put out a video clip in a tweet that showed one of the wounded journalists, who is reportedly one of Renaud’s colleagues, along with the caption, “A 51-year-old US journalist was killed today in Irpin, a Kyiv suburb. His colleague, with whom he was traveling, was injured and rescued. The video we took under the bridge shows the evacuation of the injured colleague.”

Renaud, aged 51, was a contributor to the New York Times most recently in 2015 but was not officially on staff reporting for the outlet at such time.

The New York Times put out an official comment on Sunday, stating, “We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented 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 Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”

A few details were added by Journalist Nick Stylianu, highlighting that Renaud and his colleagues had been in the country for the purpose of filming refugees as they tried to escape the now wartorn cities.

Head of the Kyiv Police Department says that Russian troops opened fire on a car with foreign journalists in and shot dead 51-year-old New York Times videojournalist Brent Renaud in Irpin. One of his colleagues is injured and is in hospital. #Ukraine,” stated Stylianu in a tweet.

“His colleague is conscious and is receiving treatment — he was taken to hospital by a Ukrainian ambulance. He confirms they were filming refugees making the trip across what’s left of makeshift bridges northwest of the city. They had just passed a military checkpoint.”

Juan, his colleague, stated that they had been offered a ride from one bridge to another and that Renaud had just been “left behind” after they were assaulted.


“We crossed a checkpoint and somebody started shooting at us,” stated the man, only identified as “Juan.” “My friend is Brent Renaud, and he’s been shot and left behind.”

“And how is he? You don’t know what happened to him?” asked the woman filming.

“I don’t know. He was — I saw him being shot in the neck and we got split — I got pulled —” Juan stated that he was rushed into an ambulance and taken to the hospital after that, and he was unsure of Renaud’s status at the time.

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