American journalist, 51, is shot dead by Russian troops in Ukraine: Soldiers opened fire on van of foreign press who were filming refugees crossing the border

Brent Renaud, 51, was filming refugees crossing the border in Irpen, Ukraine. Russian troops opened fire on the van he was in with other foreign press.

Renaud was carrying a badge that listed the New York Times as his publication. The Times says he is a freelancer who was not there on assignment for them.

Ukrainian police announced his death and said he ‘paid his life trying to show the ruthlessness’ of Putin’s army.

An American freelance filmmaker has been shot dead while covering the war in Ukraine, Kyiv police announced on Sunday.

Brent Renaud, 51, was in a truck with other journalists in Irpen when Russian troops opened fire. He was shot dead and one of his colleagues was injured, according to local authorities.

Initially, he was thought to have been on assignment for The New York Times because he was carrying a press badge that listed the newspaper as his publication.

Brent Renaud, 51, was in a truck with other journalists in Irpin when Russian troops opened fire.

The Times has however issued a statement to clarify that while he worked for them in the past, he was not there on assignment for them.

‘We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who contributed to The New York Times over the years.

Renaud with his brother, another filmmaker. The pair are experienced in conflict zones and are understood to have been filming refugees crossing the border when they were killed

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