CNN war correspondent in Kiev hears explosions as he scrambles to put on protective vest on live TV


‘I just heard a big bang – I’ve never heard anything like it’: CNN war correspondent in Kiev hears explosions as he scrambles to put on protective vest while live on-air

  • Matthew Chance, Senior International correspondent said he heard between seven and eight explosions just after 5am on Thursday morning
  • The explosions were distance and not in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev
  •  Chance quickly put on his flak jacket and headgear while he continued to report from a balcony in the Ukrainian capital


A CNN reporter in the Ukrainian capital Kiev reporting hearing blasts in the early hours of Thursday morning.

‘I just heard a big bang right here behind me. I’ve never heard anything like it.’  

Matthew Chance, Senior International correspondent said he heard between seven and eight explosions. 

Chance quickly put on his flak jacket and headgear while he continued to report from a balcony in the Ukrainian capital.  

A CNN reporter in the Ukrainian capital Kiev reporting hearing blasts in the early hours of Thursday mornin

A CNN reporter in the Ukrainian capital Kiev reporting hearing blasts in the early hours of Thursday mornin

Chance did not want to take any chances and set about putting on his flak jacket and helmet

Chance did not want to take any chances and set about putting on his flak jacket and helmet 

Chance, who had been to the Ukrainian capital many times in recent years said he had 'never heard anything like it'

Chance, who had been to the Ukrainian capital many times in recent years said he had ‘never heard anything like it’

He suggested that the blasts he heard in the Ukrainian capital but still some distance away from the center.

CNN’s Chance said it is not clear what the target was, however with it being the Ukrainian capitol, the city would be an obvious target. 

About 300 miles away to the east, in Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine, a steady stream of explosions were  also heard where another CNN reporter, Clarissa Ward, CNNs Chief International Correspondent was located.

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