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We Witnessed Mariupol’s Agony And Fled a Russian Hit List

Mstyslav Chernov reads news on his phone three days before the start of Russian invasion in Volnovakha, Ukraine, Feb. 21, 

Mstyslav Chernov reads news on his phone three days before the start of Russian invasion in Volnovakha, Ukraine, Feb. 21, 

Photographer: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP
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Mariupol, Ukraine (AP) -- The Russians were hunting us down. They had a list of names, including ours, and they were closing in.

We were the only international journalists left in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and we had been documenting its siege by Russian troops for more than two weeks. We were reporting inside the hospital when gunmen began stalking the corridors. Surgeons gave us white scrubs to wear as camouflage.