Stephen Fry rushed to Kyiv bomb shelter as city hit by explosions – shares pictures

Stephen Fry has revealed he was rushed to an air raid shelter as Ukraine capital Kyiv was hit by explosions.

The comedian and actor, 66, flew to Ukraine earlier this week to co-host a mental health conference alongside Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine.

Stephen has been documenting his trip on Instagram and shared how he was woken up at 4.45am on Wednesday morning by hotel staff urging him to get to the bomb shelter in the basement of the building.

The star told how he was rushed down to the shelter alongside other hotel guests, who remained calm despite the danger.

"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," he wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot of an app which informs people whether they need to go to an air raid shelter.

He added: "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…".

Stephen went on to share a snap of the room he was in, which was filled with tables, chairs and coffee machines. He noted how "more seasoned citizens" had been prepared and brought their laptops to the shelter with them to keep them occupied.

The broadcaster kept fans updated, later adding in the comments section: "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…".

Eventually, the authorities gave citizens the all-clear and they were able to go about their days as normal. Stephen marked the moment by sharing a photograph of a busy cafe in the Ukrainian capital, along with the caption: "The all clear sounds and life goes on in Kyiv…".

Stephen had travelled to Ukraine to speak at a conference organised by Olena, which was aimed at tackling mental health issues amid the on-going war.

The actor, who is the president of mental health charity Mind, described the conference as a 'real bringing together of neurologists, social scientists, psychology, and those working in mental health trauma.'

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