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Frightened Ukrainians Take to Subway Stations to Seek For Cover Amid Russia Crisis

(Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP)

Some Ukrainian citizens and residents were sighted in the morning of Thursday, February 24 carrying bags and suitcases walk near Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi railway station in Kyiv in the morning of February 24, 2022 amidst crisis with Russia.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine on Thursday and launched an all-out air and ground assault with explosions heard soon after across the country and its foreign minister warning a “full-scale invasion” was underway.

Frightened Ukrainians took to subway stations on Thursday as air raid sirens rang out across the country’s main cities following Russia’s launch of its feared military attack.

The booms were followed a few hours later by air raid sirens that sounded over Kyiv at the break of dawn. A police car drove down Kyiv’s main Khreshchyatyk Avenue urging everyone to remain calm and take shelter as queues formed outside currency exchanges as well as petrol stations.

AFP reporters saw people carrying suitcases to bus and train stations in an effort to get out of Kyiv and move further west but nowhere seemed completely safe.

Air raids sounded over the western city of Lviv — the new diplomatic home of US and European officials who fled Kyiv — and the sounds of exploding bombs echoed across the northern city of Kharkiv.

Ukrainian defence officials later said that Kyiv’s main international airport had come under a Russian bombing attack.

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