The BBC radio presenter offered coverage of the unfolding invasion of Ukraine at the hands of Russia from Kiev within hours of Vladimir Putin launching a “special operation” into the country. While some BBC audience members praised the veteran presenter for his work, others questioned why he travelled to Ukraine while the broadcaster already has correspondents on the ground. Others also took issue with Mr Robinson’s reporting style when discussing the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Journalist Mic Wright wrote on Twitter: “It’s not clear why Nick Robinson has been dispatched to stand on a hotel roof in Kyiv when BBC News already had able correspondents there.”
User Jane Hunnrichs said: “Maybe it’s just me. But Nick Robinson is rather over the top with his serious face and voice.
“Just feels he’s enjoying the drama a bit too much. Not even sure why he had to go to Kyiv. Lyse Doucet is the expert there.”
Writer Paul Emanuelli added: “More from Lyse Doucet and Orla Guerin, and less from the breathless Nick Robinson please.”
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He said: “There is no surprise and there is profound sadness and a sense of appalling horror at what is about to unfold for the people of Ukraine.
“And I think we have to assume that this is not Russia biting off a chunk of Ukraine – for example, establishing a land corridor in Crimea – but a full-blown military offensive to occupy Ukraine.”
Sir Richard said it is “entirely plausible” that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be aiming to revive the Soviet Union, adding that if Russia puts “one bootstep” into Nato territory, the entire alliance will be at war.
Asked whether Britain might be expected to take part directly in the current military confrontation, he said: “Absolutely there is a possibility that we as a nation could be at war with Russia, because if Russia puts one bootstep across Nato territory, we are all at war with Russia. Every single one, every single member of the Nato alliance.
“Article 5 (of the Nato alliance) says an attack on one is an attack on all, so we need to change our mindset fundamentally, and that is why I say our defence starts in the UK on the frontiers of Nato.”