Stephen Fry rushed to bomb shelter in Kyiv as explosions rock city
Stephen Fry has revealed that he was urged to head to a bomb shelter in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the early hours of the morning.
In posts shared on Instagram, the actor kept his followers updated on what was going on, explaining that when he was first rushed to the safety zone, he hadn’t heard anything above.
However, he was later informed that there had been explosions in the city, as he was joined by other hotel guests as they awaited the all-clear.
The 66-year-old wrote in a caption on the social media platform: ‘Awoken at 4:45 am by an insistent voice ordering all at the hotel to go down to the air raid shelter. So here we are.
‘Someone showed me an app to download: as you can see, agrees with the order to stay sheltered. So here we all are down in the basement of the hotel. Coffee machine. Loungers. People laughing and chattering quite happily. No sound of drones or inbound missiles that I can detect…’
In an update posted in the comment section, the It’s A Sin star continued: ‘An hour later and a no all-clear. In fact a new announcement “Your attention please, there are explosions in the city. Stay in the shelter.”
‘Some hotel guests had shrugged and gone back up the their rooms 10 minutes ago but are now sheepishly appearing again…’
Shortly afterwards, Stephen posted a photo from inside the air raid shelter, showing people sitting at rows of tables.
‘I wasn’t smart enough to think of bringing a laptop down… the more seasoned citizens knew better,’ he wrote.
Later when he was able to go back outside, he said: ‘The all clear sounds and life goes on in Kyiv…,’ as he shared photos of other people who were also outdoors sitting and taking in the fresh air.
Stephen went for a visit in Kyiv to attend a mental health summit, which was held by Ukrainian’s First Lady Olena Zelenska.
Speaking at Kyiv’s Saint Sophia Cathedral, he said: ‘Ukraine is being strong by showing it has a mental health problem.’
He also shared hat when he went into the air raid shelter prior to the summit, he called up his mother on the phone, France 24 reported.
‘We had about five minutes of basically sobbing,’ the actor said.
However, he also described his ‘first aid raid’ as ‘quite exciting’.
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