According to Ukrainian authorities, Russian forces killed one American journalist and injured another in the town of Irpin, outside of Kyiv, on Sunday.
According to Andriy Nebytov, the chief of Kyiv’s regional police force, Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old filmmaker, was killed when Russian troops opened fire. On Facebook, Nebytov shared a graphic photo of Renaud’s body, as well as photos of his American passport and media credentials from The New York Times.
A spokeswoman for the Times said Renaud was “a talented filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” most recently in 2015, but he “was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.”
Reacting to the news, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan called reports of Renaud’s death “shocking and horrifying,” telling “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the U.S. and its allies would impose “appropriate consequences” against Russia for the killing.
“I will just say that this is part and parcel of what has been a brazen aggression on the part of the Russians where they have targeted civilians, they have targeted hospitals, they have targeted places of worship and they have targeted journalists,” Sullivan said.