Journalist Pauses Live as Ukrainians Kneel to Pray After Putin Declares War

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CNN chief international correspondent, Clarissa Ward, experienced a moment where Ukrainians knelt to pray even in the midst of a looming war, as she reported the happenings in the country. She described the moment as "very moving."

On Thursday, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin launched missile attacks in Ukraine which has led to many deaths so far. There have been explosions and tension in the state amid the brutal invasion of Russia into the country.
While watching the Ukrainians pray, Ward told CNN's Don Lemon, “I think this really speaks to the sort of desperation of this moment. We just see a small group of people have gathered in the main square, and they are kneeling and praying because right now there is clearly a sense of having no idea what is coming down the pipeline, what is in store.”

CNN’s cameras focused on the group praying as the journalist explained the anxiety the group must be experiencing that made them pray to God.

Ward continued, “It’s freezing cold here, so to see these people kneeling on the cold stone in prayer is honestly very moving. And I think it speaks to the state of ordinary Ukrainians here who have done absolutely nothing to deserve this. I think that’s why you’re seeing those people getting to their knees and praying,” she said.

Putin is not ready to back down from the war and Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has said that he is ready to defend against the attacks of the Russians. He has asked his citizens to be ready to arm themselves.

“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities.” Zelenskyy tweeted.

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