American Filmmaker Dies in Russia/Ukraine Conflict

American Filmmaker Dies in Russia/Ukraine Conflict

( – It’s been roughly three weeks since Russian troops entered Ukraine. While the conflict consumes daily television reports, the war itself remains far removed from most Americans’ day-to-day lives. However, the recent death of an American filmmaker in Ukraine brought the situation closer to home for people in the United States.

The Associated Press reported that acclaimed filmmaker Brent Renaud died on Sunday, March 13, at a checkpoint near the capital city of Kyiv after Russian troops reportedly fired on his vehicle shortly after they passed through the barrier.

Another passenger in the car, American reporter Juan Arredondo, said the two men were filming refugees fleeing the area and decided to travel to another location to obtain additional footage. Arredondo told Italian journalist Annalisa Camilli he received gunshot wounds to the lower back, and Renaud was shot in the neck.

State Department officials confirmed it offered consular assistance to family members but declined to comment further on the incident out of deference to Renaud’s survivors.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price posted a Tweet expressing the department’s horror at the death and injury of filmmakers, journalists, and other noncombatants at the hands of Russian forces.

What do you think about filmmakers and journalists risking their lives in combat zones?

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