Correspondent perspectives: Reporting on the war in Ukraine


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Reporting from central Kyiv, where the city has gone into curfew, Nick Connolly describes the city as a “ghost town.” Hardly any one is on the streets, save for journalists, police and the military. Those who have not left are trying to sit it out, spending nights in bomb shelters, he says. Although supermarkets are still open and electricity and mobile phone networks are still running, Kyiv is a “transformed city” from 10 days ago. Further outside the capital fighting is raging on and the images that are being reported are “horrifying,” he reports..

A day earlier Mathias Bölinger described the atmosphere in Kyiv as “eerily quiet, eerily empty.” That is in stark contrast to the situation in the southastern port city of Mariupol, which has been under heavy bombardment. People there have gone for days without running water and electricity, and much of the city is badly damaged.

Monika Sieradzka is in Przemysl, Poland, on the border to Ukraine, where some 40,000 people are arriving every day. Among those desperate to escape Ukraine are many frightened children, who have seen the horrors of war firsthand. “A new generation of European refugees carry the baggage of trauma into their new lives,” Sieradzka reports.

Frank Hofmann and Grzegorz Szymanowski report from the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing Mediky-Shehyni, where the initial pressure has eased somewhat in the last few days. The correspondents say the daylong waits and long traffic jams witnessed at the start of the war have been significantly reduced as Polish authorities process the refugees more efficiently and volunteers arrive from around Europe to provide assistance.


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