Reporter's live cross from Ukraine interrupted by huge explosion

The TV audience was stunned as a Russian missile hit just behind the reporter, taking out an ice hockey arena in Ukraine.

Remarkable footage shows the moment a Russian missile exploded "metres" from a journalist preparing to go live on French television.

Correspondent Paul Gasnier was reporting from the Ukrainian city of Druzhkivka on Sunday night when a huge explosion lit up behind him.

Video shows a stunned Gasnier rush for cover as the missile landed behind him. Gasnier's brush with death was immediately broadcast on TMC’s Quotidien, the show he was reporting for.

The missile strike was just 'metres' from reporter Paul Gasnier. Source: TMC
The missile strike was just 'metres' from reporter Paul Gasnier. Source: TMC

The silent live studio audience appeared shocked by the video, alongside Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, who was a guest on the show.

Gasnier then appeared in a live cross from a different location where he told the show's host the explosion had occurred "tens of metres" from where he was standing. He was unharmed in the incident.

The missile behind Gasnier struck an ice hockey arena, one of several attacks on Ukrainian stadiums since the war began, Ukraine's ice hockey federation said. Two people were reportedly injured in the attack on the arena.

Zelensky condemns increased air strikes

Ukraine says an increased number of air strikes have no military purpose after Russian forces moved away from unsuccessful on-the-ground activity.

The strike came just days after dozens of Russian soldiers were killed in strikes in the occupied city of Makiivka, 90km away.

Hours earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual New Year’s address, during which he wished for peace but said it would “only come after our victory”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday night that Russia is preparing to launch a prolonged attack on Ukraine using drones in a bid to exhaust “our people, our air defence, our energy sector”.

Speaking in his daily address, Zelensky said he had received intelligence that suggested the Russian military would step up its offence and use exploding Iranian drones.

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