American Video Journalist Brent Renaud was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, another journalist seriously wounded during an attack by Russian forces while reporting in Irpin Ukraine. Juan Arredondo, an American PhotoJournalist was also injured after taking fire during which he suffered at least one gunshot wound and was transported to an area Hospital where he is expected to survive his injuries.
“The occupiers kill even Journalists” – Andriy Nebitov
“The occupiers kill even journalists of international media who are trying to show the truth”, said Kyiv Police Chief, Andriy Nebitov.
Upon discovery, Renaud was carrying a press credential that indicated he was working for New York Times, however the card was not issued by the NYT for any current assignment in Ukraine. It’s being reported that the pass may have been outdated or from a previous assignment. Brent Renaud was an American Journalist and a Peabody & DuPont Award winning filmmaker.
According to the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Denysenko a statement on the murder of American journalist in the Kiev region.
“Two foreign journalists from The New York Times came to the outskirts of Irpin to film reports on the evacuation of the population and film the ruins. Near the Romanivsky bridge, the driver of the Lada green car offered the media representatives to let them down, the journalists agreed,” Denysenko said.
Juan Arredondo, who also was wounded during the shooting attack gave a statement as hospital staff prepared to operate on him. Arredondo detailed his colleagues last moments as he was shot and killed while they were reporting in Ukraine.
“We crossed then the first bridge in Irpin’ and going to film other refugees leaving. And we got into a car, somebody offered to take us to the other bridge. We crossed a checkpoint and they start shooting at us. So the driver turned around and they kept shooting, it’s two of us, my friend is Brent Renaud and he’s been shot and left behind.”, said Arrendondo.
Arredondo was unaware of the condition his colleague was in, “I don’t know. I saw him being shot in the neck and we got split up and I got pulled off” and was transported by ambulance to the hospital but was to shaken up to fully recount many details.
Mayor of Irpin, Aleksandr Markushin, announced that, due to hostilities, journalists would not be allowed in the city. This comes after an award-winning American journalist was killed and another wounded after the pair were shot at.
Earlier today multiple explosions were heard today in Lviv and Kherson. Reports of 8 missles launched. According to Andriy Sadovyi, one of the attacks was reportedly on International Center for Peace and Security where foreign volunteers and trainers may have been stationed.
As a result of the shelling of the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security in the Lviv region, 35 people were killed and 134 were injured, according to the Lviv regional administration.
Video by Anastasiya Magerramova, Spokeswoman for Okhmatdyt Hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine for FreedomNews.tv