The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised the Sky News journalists who were shot at in Ukraine by “Russian death squads” after they were ambushed.
Johnson said the “courage” of the British journalists who were in a “terrifying and dangerous” situation is “astonishing to watch.”
Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent at Sky News, was hit by a bullet in his lower back, whilst Camera operator Richie Mockler was also hit with two rounds to his body armour.
The Prime Minister said on Twitter, “The courage of these journalists, putting themselves in terrifying and dangerous situations, is astonishing to watch.
“They’re risking their lives to ensure that the truth is told.
“Free press will not be intimidated or cowed by barbaric and indiscriminate acts of violence.”
The courage of these journalists, putting themselves in terrifying and dangerous situations, is astonishing to watch.
They’re risking their lives to ensure that the truth is told.
Free press will not be intimidated or cowed by barbaric and indiscriminate acts of violence. https://t.co/eAwEJafTvQ
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) March 5, 2022
In a video the team were under heavy fire, with glass smashing around them, it is believed the ambush was carried out by a saboteur Russian reconnaissance squad.
“out of nowhere” there was a “small explosion”. Mr Ramsay said a tyre burst, the car stopped, and “our world turned upside down.”
This is absolutely terrifying – Stuart Ramsay and his Sky News team were targeted by a professional Russian hit squad in Ukraine.
Amazing that cameraman Richie Mockler managed to film this despite being under heavy gunfire.
— Tim Gatt (@TimGatt) March 4, 2022
“The first round cracked the windscreen. Camera operator Richie Mockler huddled into the front passenger footwell. Then we were under full attack,” he said.
“Bullets cascaded through the whole of the car, tracers, bullet flashes, windscreen glass, plastic seats, the steering wheel, and dashboard had disintegrated.
“We didn’t know it at the time, but we were later told by the Ukrainians that we were being ambushed by a saboteur Russian reconnaissance squad. It was professional, the rounds kept smashing into the car – they didn’t miss.”