A Ukrainian newscaster was forced to abort a satellite interview on Loose Women today after air raid sirens were heard in the background.
Marichka Padalko, who reads the news for one of Ukraine’s largest TV channels, appeared on the program to discuss how the country’s main news channels have banded together to broadcast from underground bunkers.
When she started talking to the show’s presenters, Ruth Langsford, Frankie Bridge, Janet Street Porter and Kéllé Bryan, she announced that air raids had just been announced in the Kiev studio that was currently broadcasting – meaning they and her colleagues had to prepare to take over .
‘I know that we have been preparing for this interview for a long time and made agreements. But what we are hearing in the studio right now is that air strikes have just been announced in the studio which is now broadcasting live.
Ukrainian newscaster Marichka Padalko had to cut an interview on Loose Womem today, after air raid sirens were heard in the studio
Hostess Ruth Langsford discussed how the reporter hasn’t seen her three children or her husband since Feb. 24, saying she should be very concerned
“So unfortunately I have to say goodbye and maybe come with you on another occasion.”
Fortunately, the reporter was able to rejoin Loose Women moments later. She revealed that since everyone in the Kiev studio was safe, she could have resigned and returned to the interview.
Ruth Langsford discussed how Marichka hasn’t seen her husband or children since February 24 and asked how she is doing.
Marichka’s three children are currently being cared for by her parents in western Ukraine, while her husband, a former MP, cannot reveal his location for security reasons.
“One of your colleagues asked me this morning, ‘How are you?’, and I didn’t know the right answers,” Marichka replied.
“I’m alive, my kids, my parents are alive and my husband called me this morning. I think I’m great compared to people who are under heavy fire, like my friends.’
She added that everyone is getting used to a “new reality.”
“But of course we’re not doing well,” she said. “There’s a disastrous war going on, but we’re trying to pull ourselves together. It’s our land and we’re going to protect it.’
The reporter added that she would “never surrender.”
Marichka Padalko (photo with her husband, left, and with her husband and three children, right), has not been able to see her family since the last week of February
The hosts of Loose Women labeled the newscaster “incredibly brave” for staying in Ukraine and doing her job
According to Marichka, her husband, who has no military background, is training for the Territorial Army and says this is now “everybody’s war” and that it is not just up to the Ukrainian army to defend the country.
She added: ‘People are trying to defend their country, even without arms. We are doing our best to win this war, because only then can it end.’
When Janet Street-Porter asked if Ukraine can win this war, citing reports that the Russian military has faltered, Marichka said, “They never expected this kind of resistance.
‘I think their intelligence of how’ [Ukranian people] would respond was wrong. They never expected such resistance.’
Concluding her interview, she urged Britons to “appreciate every moment” they can spend with their families.
Twitter users were quick to praise the reporter, call her brave and send good wishes to her and her family
She added: “Just two weeks ago, I wasn’t happy about not losing enough weight, or looking young enough for my age.
“Now this seems so pointless that I even worried about this. People, not just in Britain, but all over the world should value their families.”
Following the segment, praise for the broadcaster poured in on Twitter, with one social media user writing, “You’re amazing. I couldn’t be so selfless or brave.’
Another added: ‘You are so brave and an inspiration to all of us. Stay safe, and I hope this war is over and your family is reunited soon.”
And a third agreed and said, “Thank you for talking to us. Great respect and love for everyone in Ukraine. What a sense of hopelessness when you look at what your country is going through, although we don’t yet know the wider implications for Europe. Please stay safe for you and your family.”