A Sky News crew has been evacuated to the UK from Ukraine after journalists were shot dead in an ambush by a suspected Russian ‘death squad’ on Monday.
The five-person team was attacked while in a car, after trying unsuccessfully to visit the town of Bucha near Kiev.
Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and cameraman Richie Mockler were shot – Ramsay in the lower back while Mockler took two bullets in his body armor.
Footage released by the news agency shows them approaching a junction when the car begins to be fired upon.
Initially, according to an account by Ramsay, they thought it was a Ukrainian army checkpoint shooting at them – and they are heard shouting that they are journalists and asking their attackers to stop.
The crackle of gunfire can be heard and the flash of bullets passing in front of their car can be seen, as the attack was filmed.
“I remember wondering if my death was going to be painful,” Ramsay said, recounting the moments before he was shot. “But what surprised me was that [being shot] didn’t hurt that bad. It was more like being punched, really.
Eventually the group, including producers Martin Vowles and Dominique Van Heerden, along with local producer Andrii Lytvynenko managed to escape the car and jump onto a roadside embankment.
They eventually found refuge in a nearby garage and were rescued under cover of darkness a few hours later by Ukrainian police. Reporters later learned that the gunmen were a sabotaging Russian reconnaissance squad.
“It was professional, the bullets kept crashing into the car – they didn’t miss,” Ramsay said.
He added: “We were very lucky. But thousands of Ukrainians are dying, and families are being targeted by Russian commandos just like us, driving into a family saloon and attacked.
“This war is getting worse day by day.”