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Journalist and Filmmaker Brent Renaud fatally shot and killed by Russian forces in Irpin

It is said, no one is spared by the horrors of war. The Peabody and Dupont recipient, Brent Renaud is no more. The American journalist and filmmaker died as a result of gunfire by the Russian forces in Ukraine.

Not just this, another Journalist who was reporting with him has suffered severe injuries. The action comes as a shock because the Russian forces open-fired on a car that contained foreign Journalists.

 

About the incident

The Award-winning journalist has previously captured humanitarian stories alongside his brother Craig Renaud. The life of journalists comes with several risks but Brent, 51 paid with his life trying to highlight Russia’s cruelty and ruthlessness in Ukraine.

The Russian forces open-fired at the Journalist’s car despite knowing the same. The incident happened in the town of Irpin outside the capital of Kyiv. The Ukrainian police authorities revealed that the journalists were on their way to capture the conditions of refugees.

Brent Renaud was fatally shot in the neck and died on the spot. Brent’s fellow journalist Juan Arredondo suffers from severe injuries while crossing a checkpoint. He gave his statement to the police stating:

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

Brent Renaud’s contributions to the world

The 2006 DGA nominee has received several awards for his contribution to journalism. The Renaud brothers are known for documenting stories from world hot spots, covering war and calamity prone countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Haiti, Egypt, Africa, Mexico and Mosul.

Brent Renaud also covered the youth refugee crisis in Central America. He is a recipient of:

  • Peabody Award
  • two Columbia DuPont Awards
  • two Overseas Press Club Awards
  • Edward R. Murrow Award
  • IDA Award
  • DGA nomination for Best Directors and multiple Emmy nominations

Brent is known for his contributions to the New York Times. The talented filmmaker has received critical acclaim in Rolling Stones, Filmmaker Magazine, USA Today, the New York Times and Forbes for his films.

Brent had a decade old experience in documenting war-prone countries. He received world fame for his films like Off to War, Warrior Champions, Earthquake, Meth Storm, American Drug War etc.

Not just this, he also founded the Little Rock Film Festival and the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute with his brother. Brent is well-known for his documentary “The Last High Chance” which got him the Peabody Award

The Kyiv Chief of Police Andrey Nebitov wrote,  “The occupants … kill even journalists of the international media who try to show the truth about the inaction of Russian troops in Ukraine.

This is the first death of a foreign journalist since the Russia-Ukraine war started. Brent’s death comes as a great loss to journalism. How long will this brutal war last? Share your thoughts with me. 

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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