Tributes pour in for American journalist gunned down in Ukraine

Tributes are pouring in for Brent Renaud, the 50-year-old journalist and documentary filmmaker killed in Ukraine on Sunday.

Renaud, according to a statement from Time Studios, was shot and killed while working with them on a “project focused on the global refugee crisis.”

He and his reporting partner, Juan Arredondo, were shot in a car in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin as they were filming those leaving the Ukrainian capital. Arredondo survived.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy memorialized the journalist in a letter to his family.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Brent Renaud who lost his life while documenting the ruthlessness and evil inflicted upon people by Russia,” Zelenskyy wrote.

“May Brent’s life and sacrifice inspire the world to stand up in fight for the forces of light against forces of darkness.”

In a Sunday Facebook post, Kyiv Police Chief Andriy Nebytov wrote that authorities were “trying to remove the victim from the war zone.”

“Of course, the profession of a journalist is a risk, but U.S. citizen Brent Renaud paid his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness,” he wrote.

Nebytov’s post included a photo of Renaud’s New York Times press pass. He wasn’t, in fact, working for the paper at the time of his death. However, Times deputy managing editor Cliff Levy memorialized Renaud upon hearing of his passing.

The paper “is deeply saddened to learn of the death of” Renaud, he said, while noting that “he was not on assignment for @nytimes in Ukraine.”

“Brent was a talented photographer and filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years,” Levy said in a statement.

Renaud was a fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University between 2018 and 2019. Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the foundation, also grieved his loss.

“Our Nieman Fellow Brent Renaud was gifted and kind, and his work was infused with humanity,” she said in a Saturday tweet.

“He was killed today outside Kiev, and the world and journalism are lesser for it. We are heartsick.”