Sky News reporter shot and injured in ambush near Ukrainian capital

British journalist Stuart Ramsay was shot and wounded in a violent ambush near Kiev. Sky News’ chief correspondent was shot in the lower back as gunfire rained down on a car carrying his crew to the Ukrainian capital on Monday (February 28th).

Cameraman Richie Mockler, meanwhile, also received two bullets to his body armor before the team managed to escape and take cover. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police. It is understood that the entire crew, including Sky News’ Dominque van Heerden and Martin Vowles and local producer Andrii Lytvynenko, are now safe.

The news channel shared shocking footage of the incident on Friday night, which showed the team under heavy fire, with shards of glass around them. The attack is believed to have been carried out by a Russian saboteur reconnaissance squad.

In a written account of the ambush, Mr Ramsay said his team was heading to the town of Bucha, where they intended to find out more about the destruction of a Russian convoy by the Ukrainian army the day before. Although their destination was only about 30 kilometers from the center of Kyiv, Mr Ramsay said the trip took hours, with the crew stuck with road closures and reroutings.

It was suggested at the last Ukrainian checkpoint not to continue, and the team decided to head back downtown, returning from a different direction to avoid what they now knew to be dangerous roads. After getting the green light from a police officer to take a road to Kyiv, Mr Ramsay said they drove cautiously towards an intersection.

That’s when, “out of nowhere”, there was a “little explosion”. Mr Ramsay said a tire burst, the car came to a stop and “our world was turned upside down. The first hit cracked the windshield. Cameraman Richie Mockler huddled in the front passenger floor. Then we were attacked head-on, he said.

“Bullets cascaded all over the car, tracers, bullet flashes, windshield, plastic seats, steering wheel and dashboard had disintegrated. We didn’t know that at the time, but the Ukrainians told us later that we were ambushed by a sabotaging Russian reconnaissance squad. It was professional, the bullets kept crashing into the car, they didn’t miss.

The reporter said the team believed a Ukrainian army checkpoint might be behind the shooting, but their panicked attempts to explain they were journalists did nothing to deter the attackers. “I remember wondering if my death was going to be painful,” he said.

Part of the crew had managed to escape, but Mr. Ramsay was hit by a bullet in the lower back.

“Richie says I then got out of the car and stood up, before running to the edge of the embankment and then started running. I lost my balance and fell to the bottom, landing like a sack of potatoes, cutting my face. My armor and helmet almost certainly saved me,” he said.

The team eventually made it to a factory unit, where they took cover. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police. The crew are now back in the UK, while Mr Lytvynenko is with his family in Ukraine.

“The thing is, we were very lucky,” Mr. Ramsay said. “But thousands of Ukrainians are dying and families are being targeted by Russian commandos just like us, driving into a family living room and attacked. This war is getting worse day by day.

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