Olga was left visibly shaken and fighting tears as she realised the footage she was seeing live from Kyiv, Ukraine showed her family home which had been destroyed by bombs from the Russian army. Karin tried to comfort her BBC colleague but Olga carried on, explaining she could not believe what she was seeing.
“We are seeing the fire brigade coming to help, we are seeing the streets of Kyiv,” Olga explained.
Karin asked: “You’re talking about that actual building.”
“Yeah that actual building is my home,” Olga replied.
Karin reassured her: “Olga, I don’t want you to be forced to talk about something so sudden and traumatic.”
“We did not know until that moment it was her actual building that had been hit.
“Thankfully Olga’s family is safe.”
Viewers rushed to comment on the post and reach out to Olga, sharing their heartache.
Daniel Rintoul posted: “This brings home the reality and pain of war and the palpable horror involved.
“My heart goes out to @Yollika and her family. In this day of 24 hour news and social media, it’s easy to become a spectator and removed from the reality and destruction involved.”
Charlie Haynes added: “Thinking of you and your family at the moment @Yollika.
“I know all of us at the BBC will be there to support you and your colleagues once this nightmare ends.”
Radio Kate posted: “Oh my. Olga I’m so sorry and so glad that you heard from your mother. I cannot fathom all that is going on, and for you to see your home destroyed like that.. I just can’t begin to comprehend it. I just want to give you a big hug.”
Ben Tavener shared: “My dearest friend and colleague, @Yollika – I’m so sorry. Your country doesn’t deserve this.”
Published at Fri, 25 Feb 2022 16:55:00 +0000