Reporter’s Notebook: Covering Russia’s Ukraine war as an American correspondent

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ODESA, Ukraine — A guy below in Odesa who imported household furniture was now helping refugees. I interviewed him for 8 minutes. I was hunting for a 15-2nd soundbite. He talked about individuals who arrived from bombed-out towns with nothing.

Soon after the interview, the photographer, Pohl, went to film tables of vacant sneakers lined up in pairs. The furniture importer arrived in excess of to me and claimed he was Jewish.

Then he said in English, “It really is like a next genocide. Initially they get rid of us due to the fact we’re Jewish. Now they destroy us… due to the fact we’re Ukrainian.”

Frequently, the most pivotal seem bites come about suitable just after the digicam goes off.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits a education base of the National Guard, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine proceeds, in Odesa area, Ukraine June 18, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Provider/Handout by way of REUTERS Notice EDITORS – THIS Picture HAS BEEN Supplied BY A Third Social gathering.

I acquired made use of to producing a single-moment 30-next stories in Chechnya. Two soundbites, a standup, three graphs of track. Begin with the strongest online video, place the blocks collectively, a minute thirty.

Then it was movie, search at movie, produce to images, edit, feed a taped report, a many-working day approach. Now it is talk, are living around pictures.

The function of fixer is near the bottom rung in Tv. Generally you know two languages and support a Western crew get all-around in a negative put. Then, fixers understand the future task up. They don’t fly dwelling. Regions of unrest like South Africa or Yugoslavia deliver a era of producers and reporters.

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A Ukrainian serviceman looks at a self-propelled howitzer on a road in the Kharkiv region on May 17.

A Ukrainian serviceman appears to be like at a self-propelled howitzer on a road in the Kharkiv area on May well 17.
(Sergey Bobok/AFP by means of Getty Photos)

My to start with task as a fixer was to inform the Russian driver when the American correspondent wanted to go back again to the bureau for lunch. When minimal on rubles, the American correspondent would inquire for “googles.”

“Get me some googles,” he would say, forward of his time.

Following, I held a mild on a famous anchor in Red Square.

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TOPSHOT - Ukrainian soldiers rest at their position near Lyman, eastern Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – Ukrainian troopers rest at their situation in close proximity to Lyman, japanese Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP by means of Getty Illustrations or photos)
(YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP through Getty Photos)

“Superior evening from Moscow,” he would say, then again and once again. I can continue to hear it. Gorbachev experienced just resigned from the Communist Party. Nine instances, Good night from Moscow. Fantastic night.

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Air raid siren here in Odesa, a prolonged, steady whine. It took me a moment to recognize what it was. Men and women continued to wander on the sidewalk in a ordinary pace, mothers with kids, little puppies on leashes. They hope the missiles will fly over Odesa.