This is when a reporter hides for live TV coverage as “big bangs” erupt all over Kiev.
The deafening crashes can be heard during a live report aired on CNN this morning as Russia declared war on Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin launched a “special military operation” in this Eastern European country in the early hours of the morning.
As the reality of war with Russia set in, airstrikes and artillery shells rained down, air raid sirens sounded and desperate Ukrainians fled for safety.
In harrowing footage from the roof of a hotel in central Kiev, Matthew Chance, senior foreign correspondent for CNN, can be seen jumping out of his skin as explosions rock the city in the early hours of this morning.
It is unknown what the sound is, and no smoke or fire can be seen after the explosions.
Returning to the studio, he said, “I’ll tell you, I just heard a big bang right here behind me.”
He adds: “We probably shouldn’t have done the live filming here. There are big explosions going on in Kyiv right now.”
A series of explosions can be heard in quick succession as the veteran reporter, 52, searches the black horizon for signs of fire and smoke.
Matthew continues: “I can’t see where they are from this vantage point above the hotel, and I can’t explain what they are.”
The correspondent explains that he heard “four or five” of the detonations but they are “fairly far” from his current location in the center of the city.
He adds that it is a “remarkable coincidence” that he heard the explosions moments after US intelligence warned that the Ukrainian capital could face airstrikes, missiles and ground attacks.
The reporter then rushes to put on his body armor – a type of armor used to protect the body from fragments of explosive weapons – as the detonation continues.
He hides under the balcony, pulling the armor out of his backpack.
Matthew said it was the first time he had heard of something like this in his years of reporting in the area.
As the morning wears on, the world wakes up to what may be the most horrific crisis since World War II as Putin seeks to tear down the world order.
His seemingly full-scale invasion of Ukraine is part of his deceptive plan to rebuild the Soviet Union and his paranoia over NATO.
Putin took to Russian airwaves at 5:50 a.m. Moscow time to order an air blitz in the first stage of his attack.
Russia had some 200,000 troops on standby – encircling northern, southern and eastern Ukraine.
Matthew’s show takes place around 5:07 a.m. Ukrainian time – just under an hour before Putin officially declares his visually impaired invasion.
Hundreds are already feared to have been killed in a conflict that has been warned could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and could displace MILLIONS to Europe.
World leaders condemned Putin and pledged support for Ukraine – with the world just one misstep away from what could become World War III.
It looks like this:
- Vladimir Putin warns of ‘untold consequences’ if the West challenges his invasion of Ukraine
- Britain to hit Russia with ‘unprecedented’ invasion sanctions
- Boris Johnson holds Cobra crisis meeting over invasion as West draws up ‘tough sanctions’ plans
- Horror footage shows people fleeing Ukraine after Russia’s dawn assault
- Fears grow over petrol and gas prices as markets shake in the aftermath of the invasion
- Civilians reportedly injured in initial Russian assault
- It is feared that Putin deployed the horrific Russian thermobaric rocket launchers
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Putin had “chosen the path of bloodshed and destruction”, while US President Joe Biden described the assault as an “unprovoked and unwarranted attack”.
Russia also launched part of its attack from neighboring Belarus – where Putin shamelessly courted its leader Alexander Lukashenko, a man known as “Europe’s last dictator”.
Ukraine’s military told The Sun that the horror this morning is ‘just the start’, adding: ‘We have information that a larger second wave is coming.
“It’s more than our worst fears.”