Ukrainians in panic ran through subway stations, gas stations and ticket vending machines as air the raid sirens have sounded out Across the country main cities following Russia invasion on Thusday.
Ksenya Michenka had theair deeply shaken as she took blanket with son adolescence son – their cat stealthily out of a bag – in subway station off Kyivhistoric Maidan Square.
The place expansive was the focal point of two pro-Western revolutions that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to reverse in 2004 and 2014.
But the former The Soviet republic continued to move away from Russia and building ties with the west.
Putin replied on Thursday doing what many thought was unimaginable – throwing an all-out air and ground assault on Ukraine.
Michenka said she ran to the subway station for cover “because Russia started a war against Ukraine.”
“We need to save our lives,” she said. in a time voice. “We hope the metro can save us because it’s underground”, she added.
Numerous in the city of 3 millions people wake up up has a series of terrifying booms echoing somewhere in the distance in the abyss of night.
“I woke up up car of the sounds of bombings”, declared the 29-year-Old Maria Kashkoska seated on Subway Station floor.
Ukrainian defense officials later said that Kyiv is main international the airport had suffered a Russian bombardment attack.
“I packed a bag and tried to escape. We’re sitting here, waiting,” she said after packing son charger and some articles essential.
The booms were followed a few hours later by air raid sirens that sounded over Kyiv to the pause of dawn.
A policeman car drove down Kyiv is main Khreshchyatyk Avenue urging everyone to remain calm down and take shelter.
Queues formed outside exchange offices and petrol stations.
Journalists from Agence France-Presse (AFP) saw people carry 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 west city of Lviv too – the new diplomatic home of American and European officials who leak Kyiv – and the sounds of bomb explosions echoed in the north city of Kharkiv.
Kharkiv rests just 35 kilometers (20 miles) south of the Russian border and once served as the capital of Ukraine when it was still a part of the Soviet state.
Russian-backed insurgents tried but failed enter the city of 1.4 million people when they launched their deadly insurrection in 2014.
“I once again call on the people of Kharkiv to stay at home and to remain as calm as possible”said Mayor Igor Terekhov.
But the scariest explosions and the fiercest fights rang out out through the scatter of poor towns bordering Ukraine’s front line with Russian-backed rebels in ballast.
An AFP team in the eastern town of Chugiv saw a man cry over a body stretched out on ground.
Firefighters attempted to extinguish flames of a house burning after an apparent attack.
“If they keep bombing us I will find weapons and I will defend my homeland,” 62-saidyear-old Vladimir Levichov.