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Terrifying moment Sky News crew come under Russian artillery fire and dive to the ground for cover in Ukraine

This is the horrifying moment a Sky News crew came under Russian artillery fire as they dove to the ground for cover in Ukraine.

Special envoy Alex Crawford and his team were trying to cross a bridge used by civilians desperately trying to flee the northern town of Chernihiv when “a salvo of rockets fell”.

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Terrifying footage shows the crew plunging to the ground amid Russian shellingCredit: Sky News
Special envoy Alex Crawford and his team were trying to cross a bridge from the besieged city of Chernihiv

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Special envoy Alex Crawford and his team were trying to cross a bridge from the besieged city of ChernihivCredit: Sky News

It came just weeks after another Sky crew was shot down in a hail of bullets near the capital kyiv, with journalist Stuart Ramsay and cameraman Richie Mockler both hit.

In the latest incident, chilling footage shows the crew being told to ‘get off’ as they dive to the ground amid screams as shelling hits near the bridge over the Desna River.

As a calm Crawford tries to describe the scene, the team quickly returns to the vehicle as they are warned of further shelling.

“The bombardment is very close,” Crawford said while on the ground before a panicked rescuer told them to “get out.”

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Russian troops surrounded the area and had already destroyed the city’s main bridge.

But they decided to target the last pedestrian crossing point on the river.

Volunteer soldiers and rescue workers were frantically trying to guide people across the bridge – the main road to kyiv – when it was suddenly shelled.

Recalling the incident for Sky News, Crawford said: “A stream of vehicles, ambulances and emergency crews raced through a dusty, marshy farmers field to get to the crossing.

“The humanitarian convoy carrying aid and hoping to get civilians out was forced through a huge open space where any vehicle movement was subject to attack.

“Suddenly a salvo of rockets rained down on the area, sending everyone crashing to the ground. Then mad panic ensued as dozens of vehicles hurriedly turned around and tried to smash through each other. way through the trees and back into the open field.

“The Russians had already hit the pedestrian bridge by then, but as civilians and emergency vehicles accelerated, the strikes followed them.

“Not content with destroying the only road out of the besieged city, the Russian army also wanted to cause as many deaths and injuries to those who tried to flee.”


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Chernihiv has been blockaded and pounded from afar by Russian troops for weeks as residents fear the besieged city will “become the next Mariupol”.

More than half of Chernihiv’s 280,000 residents have fled, according to Mayor Vladyslav Atroshenko, as Putin’s soldiers shell residential areas of the city, which is just 91 miles from kyiv.

On Wednesday, Russian bombs destroyed the main Chernihiv bridge over the Desna River on the road to kyiv.

And on Friday, artillery shells rendered the remaining pedestrian bridge impassable, cutting off the last possible path for people to exit or for food and medical supplies to enter.

Alex Crawford’s ordeal came days after Russian journalist Oksana Baulina became the fourth journalist to die in a bloodbath in Ukraine.

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Smoke rises from a building damaged by shelling in Chernihiv

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Smoke rises from a building damaged by shelling in ChernihivCredit: AP