Russia and American tensions have entered a new phase as Russian aggression killed an American journalist and wounded another outside the capital of Ukraine.
This brings the two superpowers one inch closer to direct military confrontation.
Russia Killed American Journalist in Ukraine
According to the head of Kyiv’s regional police force, Andriy Nebytov, a 50-year old American journalist named Brent Renaud was killed by Russia.
The police chief posted a video of the journalist’s body, his American passport, and media credentials on Facebook.
As per the New York Times, Renaud served the Times as a “talented filmmaker.” The last time Renaud contributed with the New York Times was in 2015; he was not on the Times’ assignment in Ukraine.
Many local reports are suggesting another journalist, Juan Arredondo, got injured in the attack.
According to the video of the injured journalist, he and Renaud were on their way to Kyiv to film the fleeing immigrants when they faced Russian firing.
"He's been shot and left behind": U.S. journalist Juan Arredondo describes the moment he and Brent Renaud came under attack by Russian forces at a checkpoint in Irpin, Ukraine, on Sunday. Renaud was shot and killed. https://t.co/BmzIVT54TR pic.twitter.com/NvtYZ1lgM4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 13, 2022
Media freedom took a hit after Russia’s sweeping law against journalists that could land them in jail for as long as 15 years.
As the Russian legislature passed the measure, many American news agencies pulled their journalists out of the country to help them avoid any sort of aggression perpetrated by the Russian president.
The US State Department acknowledged the death of the American journalist and offered “all possible consular assistance” to the families of the downed filmmaker.
Renaud lost his life just because he wanted to unveil Russian barbaric ambitions and cruelty, the automatic translation of Nebytov’s Facebook started.
Renaud Brought Stories from Battlefields Globally
Over the last two decades, Renaud and his brother Craig Renaud covered events from some global hotspots where the political temperature was hitting the peak.
The places of their reporting included Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.
Their work led them to win a Peabody Award in 2015 when they made a documentary highlighting emotional issues dilemmas in students of a Chicago school.
Never forget that so much of what we see and hear from this horrible war is brought to us because of the bravery of people like Brent Renaud. He’ll be remembered. RIP. https://t.co/BnsHEuI8q4
— Noel Rock (@NoelRock) March 13, 2022
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, stated the death of Renaud was “shocking and horrifying.” He also indicated Russians would face “appropriate consequences” for killing.
According to Sullivan, this is the “part and parcel” of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Over time, national security experts warned the Biden administration the presence of Americans in Russia and Ukraine is a recipe for disaster.
However, the administration denied mass evacuation of Americans stranded in Ukraine, noting it could lead the country to war with Russia.
Russia’s aggression against American citizens is rising sharply as the crisis worsens.
For instance, the country arrested an American basketball star, threatened to abandon an American astronaut in space, and now killed and injured journalists.
Putin’s forces are currently encircling Kyiv as they wait for the decisive announcement of their president to launch a full-scale invasion of the capital.
Once they do this, it could unleash more horrors, hence resulting in the misery of Americans stranded there.