An American journalist was killed by Russian troops when missiles hit one of Ukraine’s largest military bases, sending terrified residents underground for three hours.
An American journalist was shot dead by Russian soldiers while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to Kiev police.
American journalist Brent Renaud – who once worked for the New York Times – was reportedly shot dead in Irpin, just outside the capital.
Danylo Shapovalov, a volunteer surgeon for Ukrainian territorial defence, said one of the Americans died instantly and treated the other.
Journalists in Irpin saw the body of the victim. A third victim, a Ukrainian who was in the same car as the Americans, was also injured.
Ukrainian officials were quick to blame Russian forces for the shooting, but the exact circumstances were unclear. Journalists heard small arms and artillery fire in the area.
“The car was shot. There were two journalists and one of ours (a Ukrainian),” Mr Shapovalov told the media.
“Our guy and the journalist are injured, I gave them first aid, the other one received a neck wound, he died instantly.”
Papers found on the body of the American journalist identified him as video documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud, 51, from New York.
Andrey Nebitov, the Kiev region’s police chief, said the 51-year-old journalist “paid with his life” for reporting on the invasion.
According to an article in The Sun, another journalist, believed to be Mr. Renaud’s colleague, was also injured in the attack.
“A 51-year-old world-renowned news correspondent was shot dead in Irpin today,” Ms Nebitov said.
“Another journalist is injured. Now they are trying to remove the victim from the war zone.
“Of course, the job of journalist is a risk, but American citizen Brent Renaud paid with his life for trying to bring to light the ingenuity, the cruelty and the cruelty of the aggressor.”
Another American journalist, Juan Arredondo, who survived the attack, spoke from the hospital with a journalist from the Italian newspaper Internazionale.
He said Mr Renaud had been shot in the neck and “must be left behind”.
“We had crossed the first bridge at Irpin. We were going to film other refugees as we left, we got into a car. Someone offered to take us to the other bridge. We went through a checkpoint and they started shooting at us. The driver turned around, there were two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud,” Mr. Arredondo said.
“He was shot and abandoned. I saw that he had been shot in the neck. We parted ways,” he said.
Early reports suggested Mr Renaud worked for The New York Times, but Cliff Levy, the paper’s deputy editor, said he was not on assignment for the publication.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Brent Renaud. 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.
“Although he has contributed to The Times in the past (mostly recently in 2015), he was not assigned to any Times office in Ukraine.
“Early reports that he was working for the Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge which had been issued for an assignment many years ago.”
The White House has yet to comment on Mr Renaud’s death, but National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called it “shocking and horrific”.
He said the United States would consult with Ukrainian officials on how to proceed. It remains unclear whether US President Joe Biden would retaliate against Vladimir Putin.
Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Putin was finally starting to show signs of “willingness” to negotiate to end the war, but so far he seemed “determined to destroy Ukraine”.
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But it is apparently not the only city in its immediate line of sight, with reports of missiles and explosions in the early hours of Sunday on the outskirts of Lviv in the west of the country. Among the targets was one of the largest military bases in Ukraine.
Multiple explosions were heard shortly in the early hours of Sunday on the outskirts of town near Ukraine’s border with Poland.
Aerial sirens went off in almost all regions of Ukraine around 3:45 a.m. It was the third night in a row that aerial sirens had sounded across Lviv, but it was the first time that explosions had followed.
For three hours, the terrified residents of Lviv hid underground. They later discovered that the missiles were not intended for their city – but rather for a military base in Yavoriv, between Lviv and the Polish border.
It is one of the largest military bases in Ukraine and late last year hosted US troops and other foreign forces during training exercises with local forces.
The pre-dawn strike has raised serious concerns given that it is near one of the main exit points for refugees fleeing Ukraine into Poland.
Back in the capital, in scenes described as “medieval” by aid agencies, Kiev suffered a volley of devastating missiles, as did other key cities, including the port city of Mariupol, which had been blocked for 12 days and was starving the civilians.
The barrage across the country was less shocking and scary and more shocking and horrifying as countless residential areas were hit in various cities and towns; Russian forces have taken eastern Mariupol where bodies remain strewn in the streets.
The great fear of Russian forces doing what they did in Syria and Chechnya and razing entire towns is unfolding, with air raid sirens sounding across much of Ukraine yesterday.
In a move that could plunge Europe into conflict, Russia also warned overnight that Western supplies delivered to Ukraine by land and air could now be considered a “legitimate target” in the war.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg previously said such an attack on supply lines to allied countries would be “a dangerous escalation of war”.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz had a 75-minute three-way phone conversation with President Putin about the plight of civilians to which the Russians retorted that Ukrainian forces were engaging in human combat abuses.
The men agreed not to talk at length about the discussions but the French delegation concluded that it was “frank and difficult” and made no progress.
“We have not detected any willingness on Putin’s part to end the war,” an official said.
President Putin has always said he would only allow a ceasefire when Ukraine surrendered.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday held a briefing with foreign media and acknowledged that 1,300 of his soldiers had been killed since the Russian invasion, but Russian casualties in 17 days of war were the highest in decades and had forced Moscow to send reinforcements now.
Russian bombardments have trapped thousands of people in besieged cities and sent 2.5 million Ukrainians to flee to neighboring countries.
Mr Zelensky said the conflict meant some small Ukrainian towns no longer existed, but Russia would never really occupy the capital or the country and Ukrainians would fight to the death.
“If they carry out carpet bombings and erase the historical memory of the whole region, the history of Kyivan Rus, the history of Europe, they could enter Kiev but they will have to leave this land alone, certainly without we.
“Even if they bring a million Russians here, they cannot occupy Ukraine.”
Yesterday, a military air base in the town of Vasylkiv, south of the capital, was destroyed by eight missiles, along with a fuel and ammunition depot and the villages of Kryachky and Kvitneve.
Originally published as Live updates on Russian-Ukrainian war: US journalist shot dead, missiles bombard key military base in Ukraine