Ukraine – those who stay, those who leave

Many people remain in Ukraine, but at least 500,000 people fled after President Putin launched the attack.

Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave

Russian forces entered the suburbs of Kyiv on the morning of February 25, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian soldiers of attacking civilians.

Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
People walked and traveled by car across the Ukrainian border into Poland in the Korczowa-Krakovets area on Feb 26
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
A satellite image shows a line of cars waiting to leave Ukraine and enter Romania on February 25

According to Maxar Technologies, a 6.5 km long convoy of trucks and cars near the Siret border gate, southwestern Ukraine. CNN earlier reported that Poland recorded a large number of Ukrainians fleeing the Russian military attack.

Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
Ukrainian women and children after crossing the Ukrainian border into Slovakia at the Ubla border gate (east of Slovakia) on Feb 25

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on February 25 that more than 50,000 Ukrainians had left their country within 48 hours and “more people are” moving towards the Ukrainian border.

“We left our husband there so that he could continue to support the government,” said Iryna, 36, who left Kyiv on February 24 with her mother and two-year-old and four-year-old daughters for Slovakia. “We pray for Ukraine and hope everything goes well”

Ukrainian authorities have banned men between the ages of 18 and 60 (the age who can join the army) from leaving the country. Therefore, the majority of Ukrainians evacuated to neighboring countries are women and children.

Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
A man takes pictures of a damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where a military shell allegedly hit on Feb 25
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
A woman brings her child to the Vysne Nemecke border gate on the Slovakia-Ukraine border on Feb 25
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
A volunteer, holding a rifle, protects a main road leading into Kyiv on Feb 25
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
Men with bags and a suitcase walk in central Kyiv on Feb 25
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
People hide in a bomb shelter in Kyiv in the early hours of Feb 25
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
“This is my homeland. My family is here. I must protect my family and the country. This is the duty of every Ukrainian,” said Georgiy, 44, a Kyiv resident
Ukraine - those who stay, those who leave
War map in Ukraine

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