Zelenskyy hailed Renaud, a 51-year-old Peabody Award recipient, as “a talented and brave journalist” in the letter, released Monday. He called the death a “tragic loss.”
“Brent lost his life while documenting human tragedy, devastation and suffering of the millions of Ukrainians,” wrote Zelenskyy. “With all his courage and determination, he traveled to the most dangerous war zones to film the unprecedented ruthlessness and evil, also inflicted upon our nation by the aggressor state.”
The people of Ukraine “are mourning with you,” the president added.
“May Brent’s life, service and sacrifice inspire generations of people all around the world to stand up in fight for the forces of light against forces of darkness,” Zelenskyy concluded.