BBC journalist Clive Myrie thanks viewers as he returns to the UK after escaping Russian bombs in Ukraine

He’s been praised for fronting the BBC News bulletins from the heart of Kyiv, alongside his fellow news colleagues, but now newsreader Clive Myrie is returning back to the UK after more than a day trying to get out of Ukraine.

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The Bolton-born newsreader, who has come in for high praise for his reporting since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started nearly two weeks ago, had been part of the BBC’s team on the ground in Kyiv alongside Lyse Doucet.

Clive has been in Ukraine since Vladimir Putin ordered its invasion by Russian troops and was giving updates on the BBC every day, usually live from Kyiv. He was seen with a tear running down his cheek while reporting from the country which has seen millions of Ukrainians flee to escape the bombings and attacks.

Today he shared his thanks to viewers for good wishes and said he was making his way back to London but was intending to return to the country.

Last week Clive also strongly said that he felt a responsibility to bring the truth from the warzone.

“None of us are forced to come here,” the presenter said, speaking from an underground shelter in Kyiv. “It’s part of our job. We all feel that we want to tell the story of this war and tell it accurately and fairly.

“That is really important because there is so much crap out there that is misinformation, propaganda nonsense. What you’re trying to do… is you’re trying to be truthful to this story.”

After the report, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, called him a hero. She said: “Journalists like Clive Myrie and so many others who report from war zones really are unsung heroes.”

BBC journalist Clive Myrie was seen to shed a tear while reporting live from Kyiv after another day of bloodshed
(Image: BBC)

The Mastermind presenter, 57, shared a picture of long traffic as he spent a day getting out of Kyiv, as well as his thoughts for others who are fleeing the country.

Clive wrote: “It was a long, day of driving and queuing to get out of Kyiv. Imagine having to leave all you know in a hurry because you’re being shelled!

“What do you pack? Do pets come too? It’s freezing cold and you pray those in neighbouring countries will welcome you, not despise you!”

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