The BBC’s Clive Myrie leaves Ukraine with a message for those trying to flee the war

BBC broadcaster Clive Myrie has left Ukraine after reporting from the front lines in Kyiv in recent weeks.

Myrie, along with Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, had kept viewers updated on the Russian invasion.

“After a total of about 17 hours of driving south from Kyiv, then west, then Moldova to the border, we reach the queue to get from Moldova to Romania,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday, March 6.

“It was going to be a long night. We are less than 2 miles from the junction…”

In another tweet he said: “A full 8 hours later we travel less than 2 miles to enter Romania with the leaflet that says ‘If you are Ukrainian you have the right to enter Romania and you will be protected!’”

Myrie expressed his sympathy for the Ukrainian families who fled the conflict.

“It was a long day of driving and queuing to get out of Kyiv. Imagine having to leave everything you know in a hurry because you’re being shot at,” he tweeted.

“What are you packing? Are pets coming too? It’s freezing cold and you pray that the neighboring countries will welcome you and not despise you!

“My thoughts are with the 1 million who have fled #Ukraine at risk of being killed. The millions who fled #syria and many other millions fleeing oppression, poverty and war.

“They all pray that they will be welcome as human beings in other countries. That’s all they ask.”

Last week, Nadine Dorries fought back tears as she thanked journalists in Ukraine who risked their lives to cover the Russian invasion.

The culture secretary had to pause to collect herself as she paid her tribute in the House of Commons.

She told MPs the audience of the BBC’s Russian-language news website had “risen from 3.1 million to 10.7 million in the last week”, adding: “Despite its efforts to censor reporting in Russia, [Vladimir] Putin’s own citizens turn to factual, independent information a million times over.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all the journalists working for the BBC, ITV and other news outlets who risk their lives to bring us unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone.”

Former Labor Secretary Chris Bryant offered encouraging words for Dorrie’s “tears she shed over the journalists, Clive Myrie and people like that who are doing an absolutely fabulous job”.

Read live updates on the war in Ukraine here.

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Tom Vazquez

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