Reporter BILD about the Russian attack: “We know: We could have been dead” – Politics abroad

On the way to Lysychansk they say “The way to hell” (The way to hell): The Russian army shoots at everything that moves there – on Tuesday afternoon too!

We left early in the morning to talk to the civilians in Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, to see the devastation, to see for ourselves. The place is massively attacked by the Russian army and is under siege.

When we drive back at noon on the last road leading out of town, there will be an attack! Four explosions just meters in front of us. Shortly afterwards, more explosions sounded, and our window shattered.


The members of the BILD team were not injured, the car window brokeFoto: Giorgos Moutafis

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The members of the BILD team were not injured, the car window brokePhoto: Giorgos Moutafis


BILD reporter Paul Ronzheimer is hiding from Russian fire in the back seat of the carFoto: Giorgos Moutafis

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BILD reporter Paul Ronzheimer is hiding from Russian fire in the back seat of the carPhoto: Giorgos Moutafis

We drive as fast as we can, further and further on a dirt road, dust swirls through the air, we see almost nothing. That’s it, Hell’s Road.

We still hear shelling from a distance, but after half an hour we come off the road, which is being attacked so massively by the Russian army.

The three of us are hugging. We know we could be dead now.


BILD representative Paul Ronzheimer (right), photographer Giorgos Moutafis and reporter Vadim Moissenko stand in front of their car after Russian troops shoot at them.  The rear window is completely destroyedFoto: Giorgos Moutafis

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BILD representative Paul Ronzheimer, photographer Giorgos Moutafis and reporter Vadim Moissenko stand in front of their car after Russian troops shoot at them. The rear window is completely destroyed (right)Photo: Giorgos Moutafis