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US journalist shot dead by Russian forces in Ukraine

Journalist Brent Renaud was killed in Ukraine's Irpin. (Photo: Twitter/@Charles_Lister)

A US journalist who had previously worked for the New York Times has been killed in Ukraine.

The head of police in the Kyiv region said that Brent Renaud had been killed and another two wounded by Russian forces in Irpin, east of the capital.

The killing of the journalist comes amid ferocious fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian forces which is underway for the past 17 days.

Though Mr Renaud had contributed to the Times previously, he had not been on assignment for the publication in Ukraine.

According to his social media pages, Mr Renuad had been documenting the plight of refugees in the country.

A military base in Yavoriv, near the Polish border, was hit during a Russian missile attack killing at least 35 people and wounding 134 others this morning, Ukrainian authorities said.

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