Nice TF1 reporter Lizeron Budul publishes his battle diaries in Ukraine

She decided, she needs to go to Kabul. We’re initially of 2022 and Liseron Budul, TF1 and LCI battle reporter, needs to speak in regards to the sinister destiny of the women and girls imprisoned once more as a result of fundamentalism of the Taliban who’ve returned to energy. After which the information catches up together with her. “I felt that one thing needed to occur in Ukraine, too many questions, too many questions. The CIA issued warnings, however nobody believed them, even the Russians by no means talked about life. In France, we is not going to discuss this … “.

In late January final yr, she spoke about it throughout a dinner in Paris with “previous pal” Charles of Anjou, a enterprise supervisor who makes a speciality of securing massive teams in Russia and Central Asia. She shortly persuaded TF1 editorial director Thierry Thuillier to vary his plans and advised him: “If nothing occurs in Ukraine in two weeks, I’ll return. I stayed there for 4 months…”. Precisely three months in Ukraine and a month in Moscow for negotiations and capturing a uncommon interview with Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov. “Coup” in journalistic jargon.Russian tanks cross on the entrance to Mariupol. Credit score: DR.

Subsequently, in February final yr, Liseron Boudoul “smelled” the battle. Russian troops are focused on the border with Ukraine, and he or she needs to be on the forefront of the assault. She is negotiating with the pro-Russian separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk so as to have the ability to journey and work. Thus, that is the primary Western tv in fifteen days within the strategic metropolis of Mariupol, whereas one other TF1 editorial workforce is on the Ukrainian facet of the Donbass. His resume as a battle reporter in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan or Mali performed in his favor.

“I do not do that job simply to indicate myself on TV”

After which the battle breaks out. Sadly, the instinct turned out to be appropriate. The e book catches the attention from the primary strains with an outline of those tons of of residents who got here out of the cellars of Mariupol after a month below bombing. Rockets are pouring in, and he or she has by no means coated such a battle: “Whenever you see tanks, shelling, trenches … you say to your self: that is 14/18! This heavy artillery battle was a primary for me.”

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Liseron Budul tells each night within the gentle of the French in regards to the grief of those victims of the battle. This lady who dies in entrance of the TF1 workforce in a wheelchair, or these 5 grandmothers, all battle widows who spent lengthy weeks in basements with a damaged range and an empty fridge.The nice TF1 reporter is at all times in search of brilliance, stunning humanity in honor of the battle. Credit score: DR.

The TV journalist has a method, a way of writing, an strategy to her stories that characterize her. A journalist of “frogs” on the streets of Donbass in the hunt for a stupendous human gentle. She’s in search of historical past, and this time deep in Ukraine, a lady is kneeling earlier than her in Mariupol. She realized that the reporter is French and asks her to name her daughter, who lives in Strasbourg, and inform her that her mom is alive.
Lizeron Budul, that is additionally the finances that she begs and receives from TF1 and Thierry Thuillier to purchase a provide of medication. Or this fridge that Charles D’Anjou fills up in a basement in Ukraine to feed a number of households.

“Testimation, Mission”

“I’m a believer,” she likes to recollect. “It could simply be consideration to issues, however that is additionally my mission, that is additionally our position as battle reporters, telling tales, testifying, sending messages. I do not do that job simply to indicate myself on TV.
She can be near demise in Ukraine, 200 meters from a cluster munition rocket, in addition to in Aleppo, from the place she infrequently returned. She can be in a short time blacklisted by the Ukrainian authorities “who cannot stand” her being on the pro-Russian facet. The every day routine of this journalist was as soon as blacklisted in Turkey, banned in Syria and even expelled from Mali.This rocket landed 200 meters from the resort of the TF1 reporters group in Ukraine. Credit score: DR.

“It is advisable speak to the aggressor and to the one who’s attacked, to be in each camp is an honor for a journalist,” says Lizeron Boudoulle on this city of Saint-Pollen in Auvergne, within the Haute-Loire, the place she involves recharge her batteries. , this summer time with the household. After which she is going to go to Kabul in August. A yr in the past, the Taliban regained energy in Afghanistan.

E-book: Mariupol, on the roads of hell.
Liezeron Budul and Charles d’Anjou, printed by the Observatory.

Julien Bonfoy
julien.bonnefoy@centrefrance.com

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