American journalist Brent Renaud killed near the Ukrainian capital

Photographs circulate showing a press ID for Renaud issued by The New York Times

New Delhi: US journalist Brent Renaud was shot dead in the town of Irpin outside Kiev, police said, the BBC reported.

Kyiv Police Chief Andriy Nebytov said he was targeted by Russian soldiers. Two other journalists were injured and taken to hospital.

This is the first reported death of a foreign journalist covering the war in Ukraine, the BBC reported.

Photographs are circulating showing a press ID card for Renaud issued by The New York Times.

In a statement, the newspaper said it was saddened to learn of Renaud’s death but that he did not work for the newspaper in Ukraine.

He last worked for the paper in 2015, the NYT reported, and the press ID he carried in Ukraine was issued years ago. It was not immediately clear who Renaud was working for in Ukraine.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US would impose “appropriate consequences” on Russia. News of the death was “shocking and horrifying”, he said, and US officials would consult with Ukrainian officials to determine “how it happened”, the BBC reported.

Another American journalist, Juan Arredondo, was taken to hospital after the incident. He told an Italian journalist that he was with Renaud when they were shot.

“We were on one of the first bridges in Irpin, we were going to film other refugees leaving, and we got into a car, someone offered to take us to the other bridge and we We went through a checkpoint, and they started shooting at us,” he said.

“So the driver turned around and they kept shooting. There are two of us. My friend is Brent Renaud, and he was shot and left behind,” he said.

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Christi C. Elwood