The Russian noose is tightening around Kiev. The armed forces of Moscow penetrated deeply into Ukraine, twenty-four hours after the start of the offensive. Since Thursday, February 24, the assaults have left at least 137 dead on the Ukrainian side and displaced 100,000 people in the country and thousands abroad.
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Faced with Russian attacks, Ukrainian civilians try to protect themselves by taking cover from bombs or fleeing the country. Exchanges of fire and explosions were reported in the Obolon district, in the north of the capital, on Friday morning, while several deaf detonations were also heard from the city center of the capital. Franceinfo returns in images to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Air raids on Kiev
On the second day of the Russian attack, deadly fighting reached the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, where explosions were heard early Friday.
Since Thursday, sirens announcing air raids have been sounding in Kiev, where a plane was shot down on Friday morning. The aircraft, not yet identified, crashed into a house. Rocket fire also targets Kiev, where residents find remains of the projectile.
Bombed out homes
The bombings have affected several cities in Ukraine since Thursday morning. Like here in Chuhuiv, in the east of the country, where homes were destroyed by Russian fire.
In the bon the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Koshytsa Street, the Russian bombardments hit a residential building, on the night of Thursday to Friday.
Residents taking refuge in the metro
Since Thursday, Ukrainians have been trying by all means to take shelter, to the rhythm of the sirens that sound in the cities targeted by the Russian army.
In the capital, corridors and metro stations have become bomb shelters, where many residents have spent the night.
Others hidden in air-raid shelters
The government has urged residents to take shelter wherever they are.
Some took refuge in one of the air-raid shelters, like here in Kiev, in the early hours of Friday. Others took shelter in the basements of schools or buildings.
Thousands of displaced
The first exoduses began on Thursday. ATAt least 100,000 people have already been displaced in the country. Service stations were stormed before the exodus to the border.
Others took the train or bus to flee, sometimes to neighboring Poland.
From the first Russian military attacks in the Donbass, many Ukrainians also rushed to withdraw cash.
The deserted capital gives way to the army
While the capital is emptying of its inhabitants, the Ukrainian soldiers take possession of the premises. Like here in the city center.