CNN Out Front anchor Erin Burnett has three children of her own.
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A recent interview with a Ukrainian man who lost his wife and children is so devastating to hear that even CNN Out Front anchor Erin Burnett lost her composure.
The mother-of-three broke down while interviewing Serhiy Perebyinis, a Ukrainian man who discovered his wife and children had been killed when he saw a photo of their bodies in a story online that had been published in the New York Times, reports Deadline. Images captured by New York Times journalists showed the bodies of Serhiy Perebyinis' wife Tatiana, 18-year-old son, Mykyta, and nine-year-old daughter, Alisa and Anatoly Berezhnyi, a church volunteer who was helping the family evacuate, according to Yahoo News. Perebyinis explained that he knew something was wrong when he saw the location of his wife’s phone.
CNN host breaks down during interview with Ukrainian man whose wife AND kids were killed by Russian forces https://t.co/HCVjwQmRAU— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 18, 2022
He noticed his wife’s phone’s geolocation had moved from Irpin to a hospital in Kyiv. Later, he saw on Twitter that a family had died in the mortar shelling and the people in the photograph were unmistakable. “Serhiy, as a parent, any person around the world can’t imagine your unbearable loss, above all losing your children.” “Could you tell me about them?” Burnett said through tears. “We used to see each other with my wife on Google Maps, and that morning I noticed that there was an unusual geolocation between Kyiv and their ping and then, 20 minutes later, her phone moved to another location, to a hospital in Kyiv and I suspected something was wrong,” said Perebyinis.
Heartbreaking -- @CharlieCBS D'Agata interviews Serhiy Perebyinis, the man whose wife and children were murdered by a Russian missile strike that went viral and appeared on the front page of The New York Times.— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 17, 2022
He learned of their deaths when he saw the news photos. pic.twitter.com/gs4H22BBDT
“And I asked friends to come to the hospital and find out whether there were any bad news, and then Twitter, there was news on Twitter…there was mortar shelling and that a family died: two children, their mother and their father. And then I saw a photo on Twitter and I recognized my children. I recognized their things and their clothes. And I called my friends to say, ‘The children are dead. Their bodies are lying on pavement,’ and I asked them, ‘Please could you help me to find my wife.’"
Serhiy Perebyinis found out his wife and two children had been killed just outside Kyiv after seeing viral photos.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 10, 2022
“I recognized the luggage and that is how I knew,” he said. https://t.co/XZcmTVQXXB
His wife was the chief accountant for a software company with offices in London and Silicon Valley and the couple had been married 23 years. “She was a very cheerful person,” he recalled. “She was the financial director of a large American company. We spent lots of time together as family. We laughed, [rode] bicycles. In winter, we went skiing. ... She loved very much planting flowers.”
“I saw a photo on Twitter and I recognized my children.” - Serhiy Perebyinis speaks with Erin Burnett about how he found out that his wife and two children had been killed in Russian shelling. pic.twitter.com/GlPe45diWy— CNN (@CNN) March 17, 2022
Burnett couldn't hold her emotions anymore. With tears streaming down her face she asked Perebyinis again for a specific remembrance of his children. “If anyone watching could learn something about Alyssa and the kids, what would you want them to know?” she said. “They were normal children,” he told her. “My son was older. He was 18 and he was in second year of university. He wanted to become an IT professional. Started programming. And my daughter was nine years old and she liked dancing, painting. She studied English. They were normal, cheerful children.” Perebyinis told The New York Times that he felt it was important that the deaths of his loved ones were recorded on camera. “The whole world should know what is happening here.”
“My whole family died in what you call a special operation and we call a war. You can do what you want with me. I have nothing left to lose.’’https://t.co/cZkSh1egb8— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) March 10, 2022
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