British journalist who was shot in Ukraine thought he would die

British journalist who was shot in Ukraine thought he would die

Sky News reporter who was shot and wounded in Ukraine tells Lorraine he ‘kept thinking he was going to die’ when his crew were shot in an ambush by a Russian hit squad

  • Sky News’ Stuart Ramsay and crew came under fire in Ukraine earlier this month
  • Crew were travelling towards Kyiv crossing Desna River using pedestrian bridge
  • Terrifying footage showed Ramsay being shot in the lower back while escaping
  • Said today he thought he would die and wondered ‘how much it would hurt’  

A British journalist who was shot and wounded in Ukraine revealed how he thought he would die as he came under fire from Russian artillery. 

Terrifying footage released earlier this month showed Sky News’ chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his crew being shot at while in a car travelling towards Kyiv. 

The team were attempting to cross the Desna River using a pedestrian bridge often used by medics and fleeing civilians before coming under attack and fleeing to a nearby factory building. 

As they tried to escape from the car, Ramsay was hit by a bullet in the lower back while two rounds hit camera operator Richie Mockler in his body armour during the ambush.

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine with producer Dominique Van Heerden, Ramsay said: ‘I kept thinking “I’m going to die, I wonder how much it’s going to hurt” and I got hit and it didn’t hurt that much. 

Terrifying footage released earlier this month showed Sky News’ chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his crew being shot at by Russian forces.  After a tense standoff, the team found shelter in a factory unit (Ramsay is pictured inside the warehouse)

Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine today, Ramsay said: ‘I kept thinking “I’m going to die, I wonder how much it’s going to hurt” and I got hit and it didn’t hurt that much’ 

‘I’ve had an operation now they’ve taken out the scarring. I’s healing now, it’s okay. I think I was very lucky the surgeons have said it me, it was beyond luck.’ 

Shocking video footage of the attack shows the moment bullets rained down on the car and the team scream as windscreen’s glass smashes around before the shouting: ‘Stop, we’re just journalists!’

The crew were told a Russian reconnaissance unit was behind the attack, and Ramsay says the ambush was ‘absolutely deadly’. 

‘It was, we’re pretty certain, a professional attack by soldiers,’ he said. 

‘They didn’t miss much. I have been shot at a lot in my working life, usually they miss – but this was absolutely deadly. We were pretty sure we were targeted, or at least our car was.’ 

Producer Dominique Van Heerden was among the five-person crew who came under fire while attempting to cross the Desna River using a pedestrian bridge often used by medics and fleeing civilians

Dominique said on the ITV programme the team believe they were targeted because they were travelling in a civilian car, not because they were journalists

After a tense standoff, the team miraculously ran for their lives using a concrete wall for cover before finding shelter in a factory unit. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police.

‘Of course we are trained we are wearing body armour, mine was hit but it went under the body armour. I was hit lower down,’ said Ramsay.

‘Richie, the camera man, rolled the whole time because he could sense something strange. We had a good idea something was coming; we had been directed down the road by the police. I kick myself because I didn’t say “When was the last time you went down it?”.’

Producer Dominique Van Heerden says the team believe they were targeted because they were travelling in a civilian car, not because they were journalists. 

‘That was the point of putting the story out, saying what happened to us was actually not extraordinary this is happening to Ukrainian civilians all the time,’ she said. 

After a tense standoff, the team miraculously ran for their lives and can be seen  breaking for cover before finding shelter in a factory unit. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police

She added: ‘It was in Ukrainian territory it was their frontline; the very definition of an ambush is you don’t see it coming and we didn’t see it coming. 

‘We were a team of five. We were in a small car, we were not marked as press because that was the guidance, but the general guidance was that moving around like that was the safest way, so we were very confused initially. 

‘We thought it was a mistake, we knew we had to get out of the car but thought it was a mistake. That’s why we then identified ourselves as journalists, but once we did that, the incoming just increased.’

Despite the terrifying attack, Ramsay says that the crew are planning to eventually return to the Ukraine. 

‘We’re talked about it as a team and definitely we will go back, when its not certain. We all have colleagues and friends out there, sort of that’s our jobs we all look at it like that’, he said. 

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