Children photographed in the metro systems huddled in fear as they dodged Russian shelling in cities around Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv
Image of frightened Ukrainian children being led down the subway systems to shelter from Russian shelling as the sirens of the air raids sounded in the sombre echo of World War II.
Russia launched an all-out assault on its neighbor in the early hours of Thursday morning with a massive land, sea and air assault, the largest single country offensive against a foreign country. other countries in Europe since 1945.
Diplomatic efforts and threats of sanctions were futile when Vladimir Putin announced that Russian troops would enter eastern Ukraine.
He said his aim was to demilitarize and “de-militarize” Ukraine, claiming that any hindrance would be met by “consequences you’ve never experienced in your history.” .”
The shelling that began shortly thereafter on Kyiv and other cities around the country forced residents to take shelter in the metro system in a scene that Europeans hoped would never be repeated after WWll.
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Worried Ukrainian children can be seen huddled together, not knowing what is happening.
The BBC reports that children from Number One school in the city of Druzhkivka were taken to the metro with a single brochure and some carried by adults.
They were images similar to those in London during the Battle of the Blitz from September 1940 to May 1941, when children took shelter with their families when Nazi planes dropped bombs overhead.
There were similar scenes in other metro systems around Ukraine, including Kharkiv, where children learned about safety and evacuation drills before the attack.
“We have started holding drills for children more often to prevent situations such as children being injured or, God forbid, death,” said defense expert Oleksandr Shevchuk. civilian defense state Oleksandr Shevchuk said last Monday.
“We … let them try on our uniforms, bulletproof vests, and helmets. Show them explosives, so they’re aware of situations that could happen to them.”
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Student Nazar said: “This is quite appropriate, given the general developing situation between Ukraine and Russia. Yes, scary, very scary.”
Metro stations in Kyiv have been turned into shelters amid fears that the city could fall to Russian troops by the end of the week.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that so far 137 Ukrainian civilians and servicemen have been killed and 316 wounded since the invasion began.
He said that “enemy sabotage groups” had entered Kyiv and ordered all males aged 18 to 60 to join the army and banned them from leaving the country.
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