BBC journalist flees for cover as missile strike hits Kyiv during live broadcast

In what many see as “revenge” for a truck bomb that hit the bridge linking Russia with the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed eight years ago from Ukraine, Russia launched dozens of missile strikes on Kyiv early Monday.

In one such strike, BBC correspondent Hugo Bachega was doing a live hit when he was forced to run for cover.

“So the fear is that this could trigger a very strong Russian response. We saw yesterday that a residential area of the city of Zaporizhzhia, a major city in the south of the country, very close to the front lines was hit,” Bachega reported on air.

At this point, what appears to be an air strike could be heard passing overhead which quickly got the reporter’s attention. As he looked up to assess the situation a large explosion is then heard, which sent the journalist fleeing for cover.

“Okay. Hugo Bachega there, our correspondent in Kyiv, obviously for obvious reasons, taking cover at that point,” said an anchor, when BBC sent the live shot back to the studio.

The reporter would return to the air within the hour, according to Mediaite, and said the missile strike “hit a location very close to our hotel here in the city center.”

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was responding to “terrorist attacks” on Russian territory, with the missile strikes reportedly targeting Ukrainian energy, military and communications infrastructure. He also warned that a harsher “response” may occur.

At least 10 people were killed and about 60 others injured by the missile strikes, according to CBS News, which reported that some civilian areas where also hit, including a playground in downtown Kyiv and a university.

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