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


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ODESA, Ukraine — A dude listed here in Odesa who imported furnishings was now helping refugees. I interviewed him for 8 minutes. I was looking for a 15-next soundbite. He talked about individuals who arrived from bombed-out metropolitan areas with nothing.

Immediately after the job interview, the photographer, Pohl, went to film tables of empty sneakers lined up in pairs. The furniture importer came above to me and mentioned he was Jewish.

Then he stated in English, “It truly is like a next genocide. First they eliminate us mainly because we are Jewish. Now they eliminate us… simply because we’re Ukrainian.”

Often, the most pivotal sound bites materialize suitable right after the digital camera goes off.

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits a training base of the National Guard, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Odesa region, Ukraine June 18, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits a teaching foundation of the Countrywide Guard, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Odesa area, Ukraine June 18, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Company/Handout by means of REUTERS Attention EDITORS – THIS Impression HAS BEEN Provided BY A 3rd Occasion.

I bought applied to generating a single-minute thirty-second reviews in Chechnya. Two soundbites, a standup, 3 graphs of track. Start off with the strongest online video, set the blocks with each other, a moment 30.

Then it was film, appear at video, produce to photos, edit, feed a taped report, a various-day approach. Now it is talk, stay more than photos.

The part of fixer is in the vicinity of the base rung in Tv. Normally you know two languages and aid a Western crew get all-around in a lousy location. Then, fixers study the up coming career up. They never fly house. Areas of unrest like South Africa or Yugoslavia deliver a generation 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 at a self-propelled howitzer on a highway in the Kharkiv area on Could 17.
(Sergey Bobok/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

My initial job as a fixer was to inform the Russian driver when the American correspondent needed to go back to the bureau for lunch. When reduced on rubles, the American correspondent would talk to for “googles.”

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

Next, I held a mild on a renowned anchor in Purple Sq..

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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 soldiers relaxation at their posture close to Lyman, jap Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photograph by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP by means of Getty Images)
(YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP by using Getty Photographs)

“Great night from Moscow,” he would say, then again and once more. I can continue to listen to it. Gorbachev had just resigned from the Communist Get together. Nine occasions, Fantastic evening from Moscow. Great night.

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Air raid siren below in Odesa, a extensive, continual whine. It took me a second to realize what it was. Persons ongoing to walk on the sidewalk in a typical speed, moms with young children, small puppies on leashes. They anticipate the missiles will fly above Odesa.

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