Son pays tribute to BBC engineer dad who is on the ground in Kyiv

An Ukrainian soldier keeps position sitting on a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun at a frontline, northeast of Kyiv on March 3, 2022. - A Ukrainian negotiator headed for ceasefire talks with Russia said on March 3, 2022, that his objective was securing humanitarian corridors, as Russian troops advance one week into their invasion  of the Ukraine. (Photo by Aris Messinis / AFP) (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The son of a man working with the BBC in Kyiv has paid tribute to his dad. (AFP via Getty Images)

The son of a BBC engineer in Kyiv has paid tribute to his dad and all those working in war zones.

Charlie Jonas’s father Ian is one of the team in the Ukraine with journalist Clive Myrie, who has been covering Russia’s invasion.

Sharing a picture of his dad with Myrie and the rest of the crew, Charlie said on Twitter: “Haven’t told all that many people, but my dad’s currently with the BBC team that’s holed up in Ukraine.

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"That’s him in the foreground reaching for the light.

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"He’s been on the ground in lots of conflicts (Gulf Wars, invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq War) but it’s been a while since he was away in a danger zone.

"I think the last time was possibly the Japanese tsunami/Fukushima disaster."

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Charlie said he "felt a lot of emotions" watching the news, but added that he was "sure what my family is feeling is nothing compared to the suffering of the Ukrainian people".

"It’s actually strangely calming to read over all the comments above thanking Clive and the team for their work," he said.

"Obviously doesn’t reduce the risks on the ground, but they have good hostile environment training and are lucky enough to have shelter in the basement of their hotel.

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"My thoughts are with everyone who has to work in a war zone, whether media or humanitarian, in Ukraine or elsewhere. Also those who have to live in war zones and those who have to leave because of war zones."

Several people told Charlie what an “amazing job” his dad was doing amid the crisis.

"He’s playing a huge role, a selfless one at that!" one person tweeted.

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BBC journalist Jane Hill said: "Charlie your tweet brought tears to my eyes. Your Dad is doing brilliant work, you’re right to remind everyone that what we do is teamwork."

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Former BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones shared the thread, writing: "Great thread by the son of Ian Jonas, one of the fabulous engineers keeping the BBC on air from Kyiv.

"People like Ian rarely get the recognition they deserve and are yet another reason why I’m #proudofthebbc."

Watch: BBC's Clive Myrie explains why he's staying in Ukraine