BBC reporter forced to take cover as missiles hit Kiev live in mid-air

A BBC correspondent covering the Ukraine conflict had to duck for coverage during a live broadcast after Kyiv was target of Russian airstrikes Monday morning.

Hugo Bachega reported from central Kiev on the escalating conflict after a bridge linking the annexed territory of Crimea with Russia was blown up on Saturday. The Kremlin has blamed the attack on Ukraine.

“So the fear is that this could trigger a very strong Russian reaction. We saw yesterday that a residential area in the city of Zaporizhzhia, a large city in the south of the country, very close to the front lines, was hit,” Bachega said before being distracted by the sound of an airborne missile.

He ducked out of the camera’s view as an explosion was heard.

The BBC tossed it back to the studio, where the anchor said Bachega had taken cover “for obvious reasons.”

Within an hour, Bachega delivered another report, noting that the airstrike had hit close to his hotel in the city center.

“We understand that there have been several explosions here in the capital and we had an update from the emergency services saying that several people have been killed and injured,” he reported.

He later wrote on Instagram that he was safe but had a “busy and depressing day” reporting from a parking lot, apparently underground to protect against airstrikes.

At least 11 deaths and dozens more injured were reported Monday after Russia launched a major salvo of attacks on cities across Ukraine. At least eight people were killed in Kiev, according to city officials, with dozens more injured. Many of the places hit appeared to be residential areas or important infrastructure areas, It was reported by the Associated Press. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks were ordered in retaliation for the explosion of the Crimea bridge.

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