The BBC’s Clive Myrie has reflected on the time he has spent covering the conflict in Ukraine, describing the “rumors and horrors” currently consuming the country’s capital.
After two weeks of reporting from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Myrie, 57, is returning to London, having left Ukraine via Moldova.
Writing for the BBC, Myrie recalls the palpable fear among people sheltering in makeshift bomb shelters in Kyiv.
Sincere thanks to all of you for your well wishes over the past 2 weeks, all of you have been so kind to me and the BBC team in Ukraine. I’m going back to London now, but will be back. #UkraineRussianWar #Ukraine
– Clive Myrie (@CliveMyrieBBC) March 8, 2022
“There is a real fear that foreign vandals are moving in the population and anyone caught outdoors will be arrested,” he wrote.
He added: “You could see the anxiety on the faces of the soldiers and partisans manning the checkpoint, even though the black balaclavas shielded them from the cold. Their eyes tell stories of fear, anxiety, worry, and existential threat.”
Myrie herself is in a basement parking lot in central Kyiv, which has become a makeshift bomb shelter.
Reflecting on the constant threat of attack from Russian forces, Myrie wrote: “The city is filled with rumors and terror. Who might be in the bomb shelter next to you, who’s listening to your conversation in the bakery? It is best to stay at home and obey the curfew.”
He continued: “Villages, towns, and cities across the land disappeared, as citizens went underground to take refuge in the underworld.”
Myrie specifically recalled a woman he had seen feeding pigeons with seeds after the lifting of a weekend-long curfew.
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“I can’t get the image of a woman feeding pigeons out of my head,” he wrote. She risked dropping bombs and rockets to feed the pigeons.
“For me, she represents strength and courage – the indomitableness of an independent nation, not the cowering fear of colonized people.”
In a tweet, Myrie later thanked members of the public for the support he received during his time in Ukraine.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/clive-myrie-reflects-on-time-in-kyiv-the-city-was-awash-with-rumour-and-dread-41424560.html Clive Myrie reflects on time in Kyiv: ‘The city is filled with rumors and terror’