Massimo Giletti at the southern front in Ukraine: “A massacre of very young soldiers in Mykolaiv”

In the bulwark city for Odessa from where tomorrow the journalist will present the first live program from Ukraine in the war

I feel the acrid smell of death on me sighs Massimo Giletti in front of helmets, shoes, camouflage suits and backpacks scattered among the rubble. What remains of the barracks hit by Russian missiles Friday Mykolaiv, strategic city on the Black Sea. They continue to extract bodies. Many are very young, the conductor tells with a faint voice, in front of the crater dug by rockets. The city has so far managed to put up an embankment against the Russian advance towards Odessa, thanks to the resistance of local soldiers who were trained in that barracks. The death toll is rising by the hour. Eventually the count stops at 80. A massacre.

I was very upset by the insistence of some surviving female soldiers: “film these bodies, you have to show them to the world, do you understand why there is a need for a no fly zone? ” they begged.

Giletti spent a few days from the television studios at the front. And from the southern front he will host the new episode of Non l’Arena tomorrow evening on La7, the first live program from Ukraine at war. I came here because I am an abnormal conductor explains to Courier service. I believe that anyone who wants to tell the war must see it. When you see with your eyes, you collect elements of reflection that escape those who are in the studio, nice and comfortable, he says with the air of an envoy on the front line. Meeting people is fundamental: I don’t see Putin on the screen but in the eyes of the people here.

It becomes evident, for example, that being Russian-speaking does not mean being pro-Russian at all. And it is understandable that an agreement that provides for a surrender is unacceptable to them: “The more the missiles shoot at us, the more they kill us and the more they make us bad, we will defend ourselves’, assured me some guys involved in the recovery of corpses. They are young people who have breathed freedom and no longer want to give it up.

Mykolaiv, after having repelled the Russian troops, finds himself under the missiles and prepares to resist indefinitely. People go to supermarkets to hunt for food, a semblance of normalcy, but fear is in their eyes. On the street corners you can see Molotov cocktails and old armored cars of the Soviet army. In the countryside outside the city they have set up entrenched posts. They are determined to hold out until the end. You get it from how they tell you.

If Mykolaiv falls, Odessa is in danger. And from Odessa, via satellite connection, Giletti will conduct his program.

I wanted to make an episode far from the blah blah of the salons He says. The pearl port city of the Black Sea, hitherto spared from the horrors of war in the north and east of the country, lives with bated breath. In the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, three Russian ships approached the coast and launched the first missiles. The port city, increasingly in the sights of the Russian offensive, is preparing for the siege. They also covered Richelieu’s statue with sandbags. Even the architecture reminds you here that this Europe and the kids do everything to defend it.


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