Brent Renaud killed – US journalist shot dead and colleague wounded while covering war in Ukraine

AN AMERICAN journalist has been killed by Russian troops while covering the war in Ukraine, according to police in Kyiv.

Reporter Brent Renaud – who previously contributed to the New York Times – was reportedly shot dead in Irpin, just outside the capital.

Andrey Nebitov, the head of the Kyiv region police, said the 51-year-old filmmaker "paid his life" for reporting on the invasion.

Another journalist, thought to be Mr Renaud's colleague, was also reportedly injured in the attack.

"A 51-year-old world-renowned media correspondent was shot in Irpin today," Nebitov said.

"Another journalist is injured. Now they are trying to remove the victim from the war zone.

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"Of course, the profession of a journalist is a risk, but US citizen Brent Renaud paid his life for trying to highlight the aggressor's ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness."

Initial reports suggest Mr Renaud worked for the New York Times, but Cliff Levy, the newspaper's deputy managing editor, said he was not on assignment for the publication.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death. Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who had contributed to the New York Times over the years," Mr Levy said in a statement shared on Twitter.

"Though he had contributed to The Times in the past (mostly recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.

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"Early reports that he worked for The Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that been issued for an assignment many years ago."

Terrified locals have been fleeing to Kyiv from fierce battles and shelling in surrounding areas like Hostomel and Bucha.

In Irpin, a suburb about 12 miles northwest of central Kyiv, bodies lay out in the open Saturday on streets and in a park as shelling continues to rain down.

It comes as the battle around the capital rages on as Russian forces close in, with brave Ukrainian soldiers setting up tank traps on the streets to repel invaders.

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Putin's troops are inching closer and are believed to be just 15 miles from the city.

But Volodymyr Zelensky warned the Russians would only be able to take control of Kyiv if they "raze it to the ground" as the Ukrainian president confirmed around 1,300 of his troops had been killed since the conflict began.

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