The American photographer of Colombian origin Juan Arredondo was injured this Sunday when Russian troops shot down the car in which he was in the town of Irpen, west of Kiev, an attack in which journalist Brent Renaud was killed.
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Juan Arredondo, born in Pereira and winner of the World Press Photo, was with the American documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud, and explained in a video released by the Ukrainian Parliament on his Twitter account, how the event happened. “
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We were crossing the first bridge in Irpen. We were going to record other refugees leaving, we were going to take a car that someone offered us to take us to the other bridge.
We went through the checkpoint and they started shooting at us, so the driver turned around and they kept shooting at us,” he explained in the clip as he was being treated on a stretcher at Okhmatdyt hospital.
After being shot in Irpin, @arrejuan Juan Arredondo still holds onto his camera as he is being evacuated via stretcher. (Arredondo is alive and in hospital now.) https://t.co/aDrFYHCqNh
— Eileen Clancy (@clancynewyork) March 13, 2022
“My friend Brent Reanud was shot in the neck and left behind. and we parted waysthe photographer said in the minute-long video. Ukrainian authorities accused the “Russian occupants” of opening fire on the car of the two American journalists.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) stated that the attack is a violation of international law. The death of Renaud, 51, was initially confirmed by the Kiev Policewho blamed Russian forces for the event.
“My friend is Brent Renaud and he’s been shot and left behind.”
From a hospital bed, Juan Arredondo described his eye-witness account of the attack that killed US journalist Brent Renaud on Sunday while covering the war in Ukraine https://t.co/oVrhBqLQdt pic.twitter.com/8XQAKr4oaG
—Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 13, 2022
At first, it was disclosed that he was a journalist for the New York Times, an extreme later denied by said newspaper, with which Renaud had collaborated a few years ago.
Shortly after the cameraman’s death, the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called for an investigation to clarify the causes, while the United States Government promised to apply “appropriate consequences”, although it noted that it is in contact with the Ukrainian authorities to achieve more information about the incident.
Sorry, that was Juan Arredondo being evacuated. Renaud would have gone the same way.
A Colombian-American photographer who’s contributed to the New York Times, National Geographic, and others.https://t.co/LwsOx2Z2JN
— k_ (@kosh_1) March 13, 2022
According to his personal website, Renaud frequently worked with his brother producing documentaries and television shows and had received a Peabody Award for his work.
*With information from EFE
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