Journalist Olga Malchevska couldn’t hide her emotion as she saw pictures of her family’s apartment building completely wrecked while live on BBC World News.
“When we agreed yesterday to come to the studio in the morning, I could not have imagined that at 3am London time I would find out that my home is bombed,” Ms Malchevska, said, indicating she knew of the incident before appearing on-air.
Images of destroyed apartment buildings were shown during the broadcast on Friday morning (Friday night AEDT) – and Ms Malchevska revealed one was her family home.
“That footage that everybody saw is literally my home,” she said.
Speaking of her disbelief, Ms Malchevska explained: “I just can’t link in my head that what I’m seeing is actually somewhere I used to live.”
Ms Malchevska said she used to live on the sixth floor of the 10 story apartment block, which had been turned to rubble.
She said she’d only just heard from her mother, who had been hiding in the basement.
She said other people had evacuated to a school.
“Lucky she was not in the building,” Ms Malchevska said.
“Thanks God my family is safe.”
Presenter, Ms Giannone said Ms Malchevska could end the interview if she wanted to.
“Olga, I don’t want you to be forced to talk about something that is obviously so sudden and so traumatic, this is unimaginable for all of us,” she said.
The presenter later tweeted about the extraordinary on-air moment.
“We did not know until that moment it was her actual building that had been hit,” she said.
“Thankfully Olga’s family is safe.”
The building was bombed in pre-dawn airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital by Russian forces as they pressed their invasion to the outskirts of the city.
Two large blasts were heard in the early hours of the morning in Kyiv and air raid sirens sounded for several minutes in the nation’s capital and Lviv.