Ukrainians hide in stations and stockpile food amid ‘full-scale’ Russia invasion

Desperate Ukrainians have been seen fleeing Kyiv and stockpiling food after Russia launched a "full-scale" attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a "specialist military operation" was underway in the rebel-controlled areas in the east of Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday (February 24).

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says Russia has launched a "full-scale" attack with troops crossing the border on several fronts.

As a result, residents in the country's capital of Kyiv have started fleeing towards the west of the country – away from the direction of the invasion which is coming in from the east and north.

In a number of videos posted on Twitter, huge traffic jams have been spotted on the outskirts of Ukraine's largest city.

One video was captioned: "Air raid sirens as refugee convoy hits traffic on outskirts of Kyiv. This is very, very real now."

Another video was accompanied by the caption: "Evacuation of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, underway under emergency sirens."

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One Twitter user commented: "Geez, just listening to that made my heart start pounding with fear. To actually be there must be horrendous.

"All I can do is ask for the Great Spirit to protect the Ukrainian people."

A second wrote: "My heart hurts for Ukraine and it’s [sic] people, my people and family. I hope this is stopped soon and with as little loses as possible. I wish I was able to do something. It hurts not to be able to help."

A third said: "This is bone chilling and so hard to watch".

Shoppers have been seen rushing to supermarkets to stockpile on food fearing that there will be a shortage as a result of the invasion.

According to Ukrainian outlet Channel 24, people were also queueing up at ATMs to withdraw whatever cash they could, while long waits are also being reported at petrol stations.

Some Kyiv residents have huddled in underground metro stations to take refuge from the invasion.

US President Joe Biden has since condemned the military action by Russia as "unprovoked and unjustified" and taking to Twitter, Boris Johnson revealed that he has spoken with President Zelenskyy.

The PM wrote: "I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps.

"President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine. The UK and our allies will respond decisively."

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