American journalist 'killed in Irpin' near Ukrainian capital Kyiv

Brent Renaud, pictured here at the International Documentary Association’s 2014 awards, has been killed. Credit: AP

An American journalist has been killed in Irpin near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, according to police in the city.

In a Facebook post, Andriy Nebytov, the head of the Kyiv Oblast police, said Russian "occupants" had "cynically killed even journalists of the international media trying to tell the truth about the atrocities of the Russian troops in Ukraine."

The police chief said Brent Renaud, who worked for Time magazine, was killed while another journalist was injured.

Juan Arredondo, the US journalist injured in the attack, explained to a reporter while he was being treated in hospital: "We crossed the first bridge in Irpin, we were going to film other refugees leaving.

"And we got into a car, somebody offered to take us to the other bridge, we crossed the checkpoint, and they started shooting at us.

"So the driver turned around, and they kept shooting, there was two of us, my friend is Brent Renaud, and he's been shot and left behind."

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In a statement, Time said it was "devastated" by the loss of 51-year-old Mr Renaud.

"As an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Brent tackled the toughest stories around the world often alongside his brother Craig Renaud," it said.

"In recent weeks, Brent was in the region working on a Time Studios project focused on the global refugee crisis. Our hearts are with all of Brent’s loved ones."

After initial reports said the journalist worked for the New York Times, the US publication put out a statement saying the journalist was not currently on assignment for them.

"He had contributed to the Times in the past," a statement said. It added the journalist had been "wearing a Times press badge that had bene issued for an assignment many years ago."

Jane Ferguson, a US journalist for American broadcast PBS, tweeted she had "just left [the] roadside spot near Irpin" where the journalist's body lay.

She said an "outraged" Ukrainian police officer had told her: "Tell America, tell the world, what they did to a journalist."

The Kyiv police force said: “Of course, the profession of journalism carries risks.

"Nonetheless, US citizen Brent Renaud paid with his life trying to highlight the deceit, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor.”

Asked about the reports, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CBS News that the US government would be consulting with the Ukrainians to determine how this happened and would then “execute appropriate consequences.”

“This is part and parcel of what has been a brazen aggression on the part of the Russians, where they have targeted civilians, they have targeted hospitals, they have targeted places of worship, and they have targeted journalists,” Mr Sullivan said.