A journalist accidentally ended up bumping into Russian soldiers during a live TV report from Ukraine.
Matthew Chance, who works for CNN, was outside Antonov airport when a troop attempted to take over the site.
Referring to the soldiers, the journalist said: “These troops you can see over here, they are Russian airborne forces.
Watch Matthew Chance describe the scene in the clip below…
“They have taken this airport, they have allowed us to come in and be with them as they defend the perimeter of this airbase here, where helicopter troops, these troops, were landed in the early hours of this morning to take over and to form an air bridge to allow for more troops to come in.
“You can tell they’re Russian, I’ve spoken to them already, you can tell they’re Russian, they’ve got that orange and black band to identify them as Russian forces.
“I’ve spoken to the commander on the ground there within the past few minutes and he said they are now in control of this airport, and within the past few seconds, just before you came to us, they were engaged in a firefight, presumably with the Ukrainian military, which states it is staging a counteroffensive to try and take back this airport.”
Chance admitted that at first, he’d been under the impression the soldiers were Ukrainian – until he spoke to their commander.
He admitted: “We didn’t know the Russian forces were going to be here.
“We assumed this was the Ukrainian forces, so I went up to speak to the and say, ‘Hey, we’ve come from Kyiv,’ but it only emerged during the conversation that they were all Russians and there were no Ukrainian military forces in sight, although I can hear them because they’ve been shooting ferociously in the course of the past few minutes.”
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