Russian invasion: Kyiv dwellers leaving city to save lives

Russian invasion: Kyiv dwellers leaving city to save lives


Published: 14:52 24 February 2022   Updated: 14:53 24 February 2022



Russia has launched a major offensive in Ukraine. At 5:55 am Moscow local time, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine. Shortly after his announcement, bombings and missile strikes began in Ukraine.

An emergency siren was sounded in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and images released in various media showed crowds of people trying to leave the city on highways, reports BBC.

City dwellers gather at Kyiv’s underground stations to take refuge. Many were about to leave the city by bus. There were also long queues of vehicles trying to leave the city on the highway.

Many on social media have expressed panic and commented that they are taking refuge in “shelters and basements” to get safety from the Russian invasion. Fewer people are seen on the streets and people are seen lining up in front of ATM booths.

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Ukraine, meanwhile, has claimed the downing of several Russian warplanes and helicopters. The country’s military says it has shot down “five Russian warplanes and a helicopter,” CNN confirmed in a report.

However, Russia’s military has denied Ukraine’s claim, reported state-own media TASS news agency. 

Ukraine says its territory has been attacked through “three-way borders”. Ukraine has been attacked along the borders of Russia, Belarus and Crimea. 

This information was confirmed by the State Border Service of Ukraine on Thursday morning local time.

Ukraine says pro-Russian and Belarusian troops attacked the Ukrainian border just after 5 am. local time on Thursday.

Attacks continue in the eastern and northern parts of Ukraine, including Luhansk, Sami, Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Zhytomyr. Attacks were carried out targeting border units, border patrols and checkpoints using artillery, heavy equipment and small arms.