Slain filmmaker’s employer speaks up after shooting in Ukraine — Analysis

TIME Magazine reported that Brent Renaud, an American journalist for video journalism was in Kiev on assignment at the time of his death.

American filmmaker and war reporter Brent Renaud was on assignment for TIME Studios, when Renaud was killed in Irpin on Sunday. According to Ukrainian sources, Renaud may have been shot by Russian troops. However, these claims are not confirmed.

“In recent weeks, Brent was in the region working on a TIME Studios project focused on the global refugee crisis,”Read the statements from Edward Felsenthal, CEO of TIME and Ian Orefice, President.

“Our hearts are with all of Brent’s loved ones. It is essential that journalists are able to safely cover this ongoing invasion and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,”This concludes the statement.

Renaud’s death was first announced earlier on Sunday by Kiev Region Police chief Andrey Nebytov, who shared images of a New York Times press pass belonging to Renaud and a dead body, allegedly the journalist’s. Nebytov charged Russian forces with the murder of Renaud.

The New York Times announced shortly after that Renaud wasn’t working for the Ukrainian newspaper and stated that he last worked there in 2015.

Renaud’s companion, Colombian-American photographer Juan Arredondo, was wounded and told reporters at a Kiev hospital that the pair traveled past a checkpoint to film refugees leaving Irpin when they were fired upon. Arredondo refused to say who opened fire and whether the victims were travelling in a military or civilian vehicle.

Irpin is a small town on the outskirts Kiev. It has witnessed intense fighting between Russian soldiers and Ukrainian forces in the recent days. The exact location Renaud was killed is not known.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told CBS News on Sunday that American authorities are currently consulting with the Ukrainian government to establish blame for Renaud’s death, and will “execute appropriate consequences”If Russian forces are responsible. 

Many international media outlets blame Russia, citing Ukrainian sources. However, the Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Renaud’s killers to be brought to justice, but admitted that it was “unable to immediately confirm the source of the gunfire.”

Renaud was an internationally recognized filmmaker and war correspondent. He reported from conflict areas in Latin America and in the Middle East as well as covered humanitarian concerns in the US. Renaud worked often alongside his brother Craig and was awarded multiple awards such as a Peabody Award (two DuPont-Columbia Awards, and two Overseas Press Club Awards).

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