A CNN news crew embedded with soldiers in Ukraine narrowly escaped a series of Russian artillery shells near the city of Mykolaiv on Monday as cameras rolled.
The images, which have aired on CNN throughout the day shows CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman and his five crew members rushing to one of their cars after two shells landed near their position.
“Now we are trying to get out of this area as quickly as possible,” Wedeman told the camera as they escaped. “Our other car, completely destroyed.”
In an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Wedeman explained that their other car was inoperable after artillery shrapnel cut through all of its tires, severely damaging the windshield and side windows and leaving dirt. gasoline cover the ground below and around it.
“We took cover and then two more shells landed, one of them maybe 10 meters from one of our cars,” he said. “And so we ran towards the cars to try and get out of the area after the officer in charge of that position told us we had to leave as there might be more incoming shots, only to find that one of the two cars was completely destroyed.”
Russian forces have intensified their attacks in eastern Ukraine and on the outskirts of Kyiv over the past week. After Russian forces withdrew from Bucha, a suburb of kyiv, Ukrainian forces found mass graves with hundreds of civilians as well as evidence of summary executions with corpses found in the streets with their hands tied behind their backs.
Although he condemned the atrocities as “true genocide”, the Ukrainian president. Volodymyr Zelensky said peace talks with Russia would continue.
Watch CNN’s heartbreaking footage of their escape and interview Wedeman in the clip above.