Ex-CNN Host Chris Cuomo Returns From Ukraine With Harrowing Pictures
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Seven months after being fired from CNN, Chris Cuomo appears to be behind the camera again, returning to Instagram to share harrowing images of war-torn Ukraine.
The 51-year-old shared the series of images and videos with his followers earlier this week, highlighting the devastation that has raged on since Russian president Vladimir Putin invaded the country in February.
Latest figures from the United Nations are stark, with 9,444 civilian casualties recorded in the country so far, most of which are a result of shelling from heavy artillery, multiple launch rocket systems as well as missile and air strikes.
"Russians are apparently targeting civilians. Major deadly bombing at a shopping mall in random area of central Ukraine just now. Maybe hundreds inside. Dead and injured unknown as yet. Kyiv hit Sunday. This is inside. There would have been many dead if this city was not somewhat emptied out," he continued, before adding there was a photo of 'the same building hit couple months ago where journalists were among the dead.'
The images mark the first post after the former primetime host took a break from social media, having been fired for trying to help his brother former New York governor Andrew Cuomo fight allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a statement at the time, CNN confirmed his suspension, writing: “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week, pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense.
“We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review and have terminated him effective immediately. While in the process of that review additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Speaking to The New York Times, the former news anchor expressed this was 'not how I want my time at CNN to end', adding: "I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.
“So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did … I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
The former host is now suing the network for alleged wrongful termination, seeking $125 million in damages.
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Topics: News, Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin