On Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid showed viewers chilling footage of ITV reporters and camera crew having guns and a tank aimed at them by the Russian army. The crew were forced to flee Mariupol in a convoy ahead of shelling from Russian forces. Reporter John Irvine and the crew detailed the frightening moment in a news package for GMB.
Susanna told viewers: “John Irvine has been in Mariupol and he and his news crew – because it’s not just those in front of camera, they couldn’t do it without every single person behind the camera and all the fixers and those who help on the ground who sometimes don’t have the same freedoms – they joined the last convoy out of Mariupol.”
Speaking in a voiceover on the clip, John explained: “Without electricity, water of fuel we can no longer report from inside Mariupol so we decided to join what would be the last convey to escape.
“The city has a large Greek community and Athens had tried to secure safe passage for a rag tag of diplomats, citizens and foreign journalists.
“With Mariupol just five miles behind us, tanks suddenly appeared in the mist.”
“It took a while to drive through what turned out to be a large Russian army column.”
From inside the vehicle, John explained: “Dozens and dozens of vehicles, armoured personal, tanks, lorries, hundreds of men.
“Their presence confirmed that Mariupol is indeed encircled and it’s taking a pummelling.
“We were leaving behind a city where the Deputy Mayor claims the Russian shelling today killed hundreds of civilians.
Published at Thu, 03 Mar 2022 10:43:11 +0000