Sky reporter Stuart Ramsay is shot and wounded in lower back by ‘Russian reconnaissance squad’


The danger journalists face covering the war in Ukraine was shockingly illustrated last night as Sky News released harrowing footage of their team coming under fire.

Chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay was hit by a bullet in the lower back while in a car carrying his crew towards Kyiv on Monday.

Two rounds also hit camera operator Richie Mockler in his body armor during the ambush.

Shocking footage shows bullets raining down on the car and the team screaming as windscreen’s glass smashes around them.

Rounds of fire continue barreling into the vehicle as the group shouts out: ‘Stop we’re just journalists!’ not available.

It is thought the attack was carried out by a saboteur Russian reconnaissance squad.

Chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay, pictured, was hit by a bullet in the lower back while in a car carrying his crew towards Kyiv on Monday

Footage shows bullets striking the car and the team screaming as glass smashes around them.  Pictured: Producer Dominique Van Heerden runs for cover

Footage shows bullets striking the car and the team screaming as glass smashes around them. Pictured: Producer Dominique Van Heerden runs for cover

The danger journalists face covering the war in Ukraine was shockingly illustrated last night as Sky News released harrowing footage of their team coming under fire

Footage shows bullets striking the car and the team screaming as glass smashes around them

Footage shows bullets striking the car and the team screaming as glass smashes around them

Two rounds also hit camera operator Richie Mockler in his body armor during the ambush

Two rounds also hit camera operator Richie Mockler in his body armor during the ambush

After a tense standoff, the team miraculously ran for their lives using a concrete wall for cover before finding shelter in a factory unit.

They were later rescued by Ukrainian police.

Ramsay, recalling the terrifying attack for Sky News, detailed the moment the eerie quiet was pierced by the sound of a small explosion that rocked the car.

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‘Bullets cascaded through the whole of the car, tracers, bullet flashes, windscreen glass, plastic seats, the steering wheel, and dashboard had disintegrated,’ he wrote.

‘I do recall wondering if my death was going to be painful. And then I was hit in the lower back. “I’ve been hit” I shouted.

‘But what amazed me was that it didn’t hurt that bad. It was more like being punched, really.’

The whole crew, including Sky News’ Dominique van Heerden and Martin Vowles, are now safe and back in the UK.

The fifth member of the team, local producer Andrii Lytvynenko, is back with his family in Ukraine.

It comes as two Danish journalists were shot at as they traveled to a shelled kindergarten in Ohtyrka, north east Ukraine, on Wednesday.

Reporter Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsen were both wounded, despite wearing bulletproof vests, after they were attacked by unidentified shooters.

IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: ‘As the scale and brutality of the Russian war in Ukraine grows, it is becoming increasingly dangerous for journalists to cover the conflict safely.

‘We call on the international community and Unesco to do everything possible to secure the safety of journalists working on the ground.’

After a tense standoff, the team miraculously ran for their lives using a concrete wall for cover before finding shelter in a factory unit.  They were later rescued by Ukrainian police

After a tense standoff, the team miraculously ran for their lives using a concrete wall for cover before finding shelter in a factory unit. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police

Recalling the incident, Mr Ramsay, who was not thought to be seriously wounded, said: ‘The first round cracked the windscreen. Then we were under full attack.

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‘Bullets cascaded through the whole of the car… the steering wheel and dashboard had disintegrated. I do recall wondering if my death was going to be painful.’

It comes after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries appeared close to tears in the Commons this week as she paid tribute to journalists ‘risking their lives to provide unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone’.

The Culture Secretary paid tribute to those braving Russian bombs to provide ‘unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone’ – in stark contrast to ‘poisonous propaganda’ from the Kremlin.

At times pausing to maintain her composure, she continued: ‘At this point, I would just like to offer my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all those journalists working for the BBC, ITV and other news outlets who are risking their lives to bring us unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone.’

Miss Dorries – who has previously called for an end to the license fee – stressed: ‘I have always said the BBC is a great British global brand and it needs protecting.

‘We need to review the funding model in order to protect the BBC… including the World Service.’

Stuart Ramsay: Sky News’ chief correspondent’s previous scrapes

Stuart Ramsay is Sky News' longest serving chief foreign correspondent and is listed as an expert in 'hostile environments'.  His face of him is regularly broadcasted to millions of people from the front line, having reported on 18 separate wars and major world events

Stuart Ramsay is Sky News’ longest serving chief foreign correspondent and is listed as an expert in ‘hostile environments’. His face of him is regularly broadcasted to millions of people from the front line, having reported on 18 separate wars and major world events

Stuart Ramsay is Sky News’ longest serving chief foreign correspondent and is listed as an expert in ‘hostile environments’.

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His face is regularly broadcasted to millions of people from the front line, having reported on 18 separate wars and major world events.

Stuart has been nominated for four BAFTA awards and received high praise for his coverage of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the migrant crisis in Central America and the collapse of politics in Venezuela.

Listed below are some of the high profile scrapes the corresponding chief has been involved in during his 30-year career.

IRAQ 2016: During the Battle of Mosul, Stuart Ramsay was sat next to an ISIL car bomb which exploded while he and cameraman recorded footage from the front line. The pair were unarmed during the incident.

ITALY, MARCH 2020: Ramsay, donning a full hazmat suit, becomes the first TV journalist to report from inside a hospital at the onset of Italy’s coronavirus pandemic. His coverage of him was named the best ‘Foreign Journalism’ report at the British Journalism Awards in 2020.

AFGHANISTAN, AUGUST 2021: Ramsay and a Sky News team report directly from the capital of Afghanistan during the fall of Kabul.

Chief Correspondent for Sky News Stuart Ramsay is pictured above in Kabul in August 2021

Chief Correspondent for Sky News Stuart Ramsay is pictured above in Kabul in August 2021

KYIV, FEBRUARY 2022: Ramsay is shot and wounded while reporting near the Ukrainian capital by what are believed to be Russian saboteurs.

Ramsay is hit by a bullet in his lower back, while two rounds also struck camera operator Richie Mockler’s body armor during an ambush by ‘professional Russian saboteurs’.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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