Brent Renaud, the award-winning American photojournalist and filmmaker, has been killed in Ukraine.

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BBC quoted Andriy Nebytov, Kyiv’s police chief, as saying that Renaud, 50, had been targeted by Russian soldiers in the town of Irpin.

Renaud was hit in the neck while the two other journalists who were injured in the shooting were taken to a hospital in Kyiv.

Juan Arrendondo, one of the injured journalists, said he was with Renaud when they came under attack.

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“We were across one of the first bridges in Irpin, going to film other refugees leaving, and we got into a car,” he said in a video.

“Somebody offered to take us to the other bridge and we crossed a checkpoint, and they start shooting at us. So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting; there’s two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud, and he’s been shot and left behind… I saw him being shot in the neck.”

Renaud had worked for a number of American news and media organisations in the past, including HBO, NBC, and The New York Times (NYT).

In a statement by Clifford Levy, a deputy managing editor of the NYT, the prestigious newspaper expressed its sadness over Renaud’s death.

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The statement also clarified that the filmmaker was not on assignment for NYT in Ukraine.

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“[The New York Times] is deeply saddened to learn of the death of an American journalist in Ukraine, Brent Renaud. Brent was a talented photographer and film-maker, but he was not on assignment for the New York Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge he had been issued for an assignment many years ago,” it read.

“Brent’s death is a terrible loss. Brave journalists like Brent take tremendous risks to bear witness and to tell the world about the devastation and suffering caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

Throughout his career, Renaud covered conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, cartel violence in Mexico, and the youth refugee crisis in Central America.

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