Who Is Brent Renaud? U.S. Filmmaker Shot Dead by Russian Forces in Ukraine

Brent Renaud, an award-winning U.S. filmmaker and journalist, was fatally shot in Ukraine by Russian troops, Ukrainian law enforcement said Sunday.

Renaud, 50, and fellow journalist Juan Arredondo, who was injured in the attack, were reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine when they were shot at in Irpin, a suburb located just north of Kyiv, according to a Facebook post by Kyiv's region police chief Andriy Nebytov.

"The occupants cynical kill even journalists of the international media who try to show the truth about the inaction of Russian troops in Ukraine," Nebytov wrote. "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."

He was in Ukraine on assignment for Time magazine working on a project focused on the country's refugee crisis. "We are devastated by the loss of Brent Renaud. As an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Brent tackled the toughest stories around the world often alongside his brother Craig Renaud," the publication wrote in a statement on its website Sunday afternoon.

Renaud's work appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, HBO, NBC, Al Jazeera and The Boston Globe.

In a statement, the Times wrote it is "deeply saddened" to learn about his death and noted that he contributed to the newspaper—most recently in 2015.

Throughout his career, Renaud won several accolades including Peabody and DuPont awards. He and his brother ran the company Renaud Brothers, which produced films and television programs focused on the world's "hot spots," according to his online biography. He also covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, political turmoil in northern Africa and cartel violence in Mexico.

Tributes for the filmmaker quickly poured in on Sunday morning, with many journalists praising his bravery.

"Brent was my classmate at Harvard @niemanfdn program. He was brave, sensitive and smart. His stories in our writing class made us cry. This is devastating," Voice of America Eastern European Chief Myroslava Gongadze tweeted.

"Gutting to hear of the death Brent Renaud in Irpin, Ukraine today. A filmmaker without parallel who was working on a global film project about refugees. My thoughts are with his brother and his friends and family," tweeted PBS correspondent Simon Ostrovsky.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said it was "shocking and horrifying" during an appearance on CBS News and said he would be consulting with Ukrainian officials to determine how it happened and to "measure and execute appropriate consequences."

Updated 03/13/2022 4:47 p.m. with statement from Time magazine

Filmmaker Brent Renaud killed in Ukraine
U.S. filmmaker and journalist Brent Renaud was killed by Russian troops, Ukrainian officials said Sunday. Above, Renaud (right) is seen with his brother Craig at the 74th annual Peabody Awards in May 2015. Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage/Getty Images