Category: Eyewitness

Meeting Ayman Zawahiri’s family in Egypt, I gained some special insights into the now-assassinated Al Qaeda leader.

2 August 2022 By Paul Martin

Ayman Zawahiri,  successor to the slain Osama Bin Laden, warned the world in an Internet message soon after he became leader, that Al Qaeda would remain a ‘source of horror and a nightmare chasing America, Israel and their allies’.  That, of course, included Britain.  It was a message that intelligence communities took very seriously.  The evidence from his own life story […]

“Ukraine: Life Under Attack” documents painful but life-affirming survival under Russian bombardment in Kharkiv.

27 June 2022 By Paul Martin

It’s been dubbed City of Heroes, the official accolade awarded by President Volodymyr Zelensky to Kharkiv — Ukraine’s battered second city. Two intrepid cameramen-producers have chronicled its trials and tribulations under Russian fire in a riveting film called “Ukraine: Life Under Attack”.  Their documentary has added poignancy as the Russian bombardment, apparently receding a month ago, […]

Brothers in arms. The Klitschko world boxing champions in conversation — as Kyiv, the Ukrainian city run by the older brother, comes under Russian attack again.

26 June 2022 By Paul Martin

First ever exclusive interview with BOTH Klitschkos in a location (“bunker”) we are not disclosing for security reasons. Vitali, the great world champ boxer now mayor of Kyiv, makes a direct appeal to the soldiers fighting Ukraine inside his country: “Go home now.  Why should you die in a foreign land just for the money […]

With prospects of victory looking slim, Ukrainians are waiting – in hope rather than in confidence.

13 June 2022 By Paul Martin

 It was a strange but almost comical scene. A dog was running towards me across Kyiv’s central landmark, Independence Square.  And trying with some difficulty to restrain the animal, on a long lead, was the dog’s new master, 26-year-old Sviatoslav Yurash, Ukraine’s youngest member of parliament. He had been driven from Kyiv to Bucha just […]

Bytes from Ukraine

31 May 2022 By Paul Martin

“I’m being bombed by my own bombs,” an elderly long-retired Ukrainian engineer complains… 14-year-old boy refugee on train from Polish border town Przmishyl to Krakow: “My cat came with us. She is part of the family.”