For weeks, a Russian invasion had been expected by some Ukrainians and others merely isolated in the minds of others. But once the sweeping attacks began on Thursday, hitting seemingly every corner of the country, the fighting became visible to Ukrainians – a cloud of darkness hovering that once seemed unthinkable. observed in the post-Cold War era.
In the face of the explosive sounds of missile explosions and aerial attacks, and hearing early reports of battles that claimed the lives of civilians and soldiers, some expressed concern. defied and vowed to fight the intruders whenever they could. Most recognize, however, that Russia has the advantage of overwhelming power, and that life in Ukraine is likely to be fraught with instability and even danger for some time to come.
In parts of the country, people clean the grocery stores. They flock to the ATMs to get their savings while they can. The many thousands, where the influx of refugees, waiting in line unable to buy bus tickets or sitting in their cars in horrible traffic jams, all sought to make their way to the West, ideally especially to Poland protected by NATO.
The rest of the population can only wait and see what the Russians, who at first appear to be tying the military noose around Kyiv, will do next. Photographs from the New York Times and other news organizations have spread throughout Ukraine and have provided visual documentation of a civilian confronting the early stages of a nation’s military invasion. , is grappling with newly arising uncertainty and fear.
Here are the aftermath of Thursday’s attack on a military airport in Chuguyev, near Kharkiv.
Families boarded an evacuation train in Kramatorsk on Thursday night, bound for Kyiv and Lviv, the largest cities in western Ukraine.
Remnants of shells pierced an apartment near Kharkiv.
Deposit for cash withdrawal in Severodonetsk.
Video: Families fleeing Thursday’s attack in Kyiv were stuck in traffic for miles on the capital’s longest avenue, as they tried to escape the advance of Russian troops.
A fire burns after attacks hit the town of Chuguiv, eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian military vehicles on the roadside outside Severodonetsk.
Covering a body after the bombing in Chuguiv.
Unpacking from an apartment to move further away from the shelling of Kramatorsk.
The site of the downed Ukrainian Armed Forces plane in the Kyiv region, according to the State Emergency Service.
Prayer at Saint Michael’s Golden Domed Monastery on Thursday in Kyiv.
Russian attacks damaged radar arrays and other equipment at a Ukrainian military site outside Mariupol.
Wait for the train out of town at the main station in Kramatorsk.
Twilight in Kyiv on Thursday. Russian forces are entering the city, a US Defense Department official said.
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