Shocking video notes the moment a CBS correspondent narrowly escaped becoming a casualty of war when a bomb exploded behind him.
The harrowing incident happened on Wednesday evening as CBS reporter Charlie D’Agata was providing a front-line, live report from the embattled city of Kyiv.
As D’Agata was signing-off and handing the broadcast back to Elaine Quijano in the U.S. CBS office, a bomb exploded behind him.
Video footage, which CBS did not broadcast at the time, “shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D’Agata,” according to The Daily Mail.
The shaken reporter can be seen turning to face the explosion before turning back to his colleagues and asking, “What the hell was that?”
D’Agata adds: “I don’t know. It was almost like lightning. It was a big flash and then…”
Dazed momentarily, D’Agata does not finish his sentence.
He stares blankly until a second explosion jolts him back. Diving for cover, D’Agata exclaims, “Ow…that was close—close enough to see the flash!”
The Daily Mail reports that Kyiv was hit by four rockets last night: one struck a train station used to evacuate civilians, others hit TV and radio stations.
A Ukrainian official, Vadym Boichenko, accused Russia of doing “everything to block the exit of civilians,” including blowing up the city’s trains.”
The UN estimates that 1 million people have now fled Ukraine into neighboring countries.
The list of cities under heavy attack from Russian forces includes Kharkiv, Izyum, Chernihiv, Mariupol, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Odessa, and Kherson.
The Ukraine military claims to have shot down a Russian Fighter jet over the city of Irpin early Thursday. The outlet also reports that Kherson, a regional capital on the Black Sea with a population of 300,000, was overwhelmed by Russian troops and is now under Putin’s control.
Ukraine estimates that Russia has killed 2,000 civilians in the last six days.
On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Ukrainians to “keep up the resistance.”
‘We are a people who in a week have destroyed the plans of the enemy,” he said, in the clip posted on social media. “They will have no peace here. They will have no food. They will have here not one quiet moment.”
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