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Channel 7 journalist SLAMMED for his question while in the middle of the warzone in Ukraine

Channel 7 journalist’s question gets a very abrupt answer from Kyiv mayor – but was it fair enough?

  • 7News reporter provoked a fiery response from Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko
  • Seven’s Chris Reason was with media at a bombed-out apartment building
  • He challenged the 6’7 former boxing champion with Putin’s propaganda

An Australian journalist copped a knockout response to his question to Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko about Vladimir Putin’s claims to only fire upon military targets during his invasion of Ukraine.

Klitschko, who was leading a group of journalists around a badly bombed street in Kyiv, responded ‘bullsh*t’ when asked about the Kremlin’s claims, by Channel 7’s Chris Reason.    

Reason asked: ‘Putin says he’s only targeting military targets,’ Reason said, before putting a 7News microphone in front of the retired heavyweight champ.

A furious Klitschko responded:  ‘Bullshit! Sorry. Where is military target?’

Klitschko, then pointed at the burned-out shell of a residential building that they were standing next to.

Channel 7’s Chris Reason provoked Vitali Klitschko with a piece of notorious Russian propaganda in an interview as media walked through the wreckage of a destroyed residential unit block in Kyiv

Vladimir Putin has repeatedly falsely claimed Russia is only targeting military operations not civilian targets

Vladimir Putin has repeatedly falsely claimed Russia is only targeting military operations not civilian targets

Reason, an award-winning reporter, later went viral worldwide for the interview, with millions viewing Klitschko’s fiery response on various platforms and news websites.

The Aussie also received a mixed response on Reddit for the interview. 

‘And of course it’s Channel 7asking stupid questions,’ said one Reddit user.

‘[Klitschko] KO’d this interview in the first 15 seconds,’ another added. 

But others jumped into defend Reason’s question.

‘The press often ask seemingly stupid questions to give people the chance to refute them and point out the fallacy behind the thought,’

‘It’s likely that reporter doesn’t actually believe that, but instead he’s serving as the proxy of a sceptical audience, which is part of his job.

Reason, 56, has won two Logie Awards and a Walkley Award and the Graham Perkin Award for his coverage of the Lindt Cafe siege in 2014. 

Channel 7's award-winning reporter Chris Reason is on the ground in the Ukraine

Channel 7’s award-winning reporter Chris Reason is on the ground in the Ukraine

Russia has increased the intensity of its attack on Kyiv despite diplomatic efforts of brokering an end to the conflict.

Yesterday’s strikes on the 20th day of Russia’s invasion targeted a western district of Kyiv, disrupting a relative calm that had returned after an initial advance by Moscow’s forces was stopped in the early days of the war.

A senior US defence source said the Russians were using long-range fire to hit civilian targets within Kyiv with increasing frequency but that their ground forces were making little to no progress around the country. The official said Russian forces were still about nine miles from the centre of Kyiv.

Ukrainian presidential aide Ihor Zhovkva said Russia has stopped airing demands for Ukraine to surrender, and the Ukrainian representatives felt ‘moderately optimistic’ after the latest talks. Discussions are expected to continue tomorrow.



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