UKRAINE: A US journalist was shot dead and another wounded on Sunday in Irpin, a frontline northwest suburb of Kyiv, medics and witnesses told AFP.
Danylo Shapovalov, a surgeon volunteering for the Ukrainian territorial defence, said one of the Americans died instantly and he had treated the other.
AFP reporters in Irpin saw the body of the victim.
“A 51-year-old world-renowned media correspondent was shot in Irpin today,” said the head of Kyiv region police Andrey Nebitov.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented filmmaker who had contributed to the New York Times over the years. Though he had contributed to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at the Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for Times circulated because he was wearing a Times badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago,” The NYT tweeted.
The killing of the journalist comes amid ferocious fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian forces which is underway since past 17 days.Earlier in the day, at least 35 people were killed and 134 injured after rocket attacks on a Ukrainian military base in Lviv.