BBC journalist Clive Myrie has left Ukraine for Romania after reporting on the front line in the city’s capital, Kyiv since Russia invaded last month.
He had been updating viewers on the war often alongside the corporation’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, with many watching at home concerned for their safety.
Myrie explained to his Twitter followers on Sunday night that he was traveling to Romania via Moldova, with the drive taking the best part of a full day.
‘After 17 or so hours drive in all from Clive Myrie, heading south then west, then into Moldova to the frontier, we arrive at the queue to cross from Moldova to Romania,’ he penned in his first post.
‘This was to become a long night. We are less than 2miles from the crossing…..’
‘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,’ he continued.
‘What do you pack? Do pets come too? It’s freezing cold and you pray those in neighboring countries will welcome you, not despise you!
‘My thoughts are with the 1million who’ve fled Ukraine because they might be killed. The millions who fled #syria and many other millions escaping repression, poverty, war.
‘They all pray they’ll be welcomed in other countries as human beings. That’s all they ask.’ (sic)
Myrie’s coverage of the conflict has attracted praise from fellow journalists over the past two weeks.
Former BBC and GB News newsreader Simon McCoy, who said: ‘You are doing an amazing job. Look after yourselves.’
World At One presenter Sarah Montague added: ‘Watching @CliveMyrieBBC makes me feel very proud that I work at the BBC. He is a class act.’
He later told the PA news agency: ‘You’ve got to be aware that you are in the middle of a warzone, a live warzone, and anything could happen.