Ukraine war in pictures: Civilians flee as Russia shells evacuation routes

Ukraine war in pictures: Civilians flee as Russia shells evacuation routes

Ukrainian families have been shelled as they tried to flee the town of Irpin, just northwest of Kyiv, reportedly killing at least eight people.

The victims included a family of four with two children, Irpin’s mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said. It was reported that they died on Sunday afternoon after Russian mortar shells hit a damaged bridge that they were attempting to cross.

Pictures showed crowds of people sheltering under the destroyed bridge and families traipsing across carrying pets, infants, and bags of their belongings. Civilians were captured running for cover amid the sound of shelling, and photographs shared by media outlets showed dead bodies lying on the street in Irpin.

Kyiv’s military commander, Oleksiy Kuleba, warned in a televised statement on Sunday that the roads out of the city were so unsafe that civilians couldn’t evacuate. “Unfortunately, unless there is a ceasefire, we cannot evacuate,” he said. “There is fire on residential buildings, civilians. The invader is preventing evacuations.”

Irpin – located 16 miles northwest of Kyiv – has been bombarded by artillery and air strikes, which have caused heavy damage to residential buildings, roads and bridges. (AP)

Ukrainians crowd under a destroyed bridge as they try to flee across the Irpin River. (AP)

People cross an improvised path under the bridge. (AP)

Local residents look for cover as they escape from the town of Irpin. (REUTERS)

More than 1 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland since the start of the Russian invasion, the Polish border guard has said.

The European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, said on Monday that the EU must expect and prepare to welcome 5 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war. “We are already at one and a half million refugees in one week,” he said. “If the bombardments continue like this, if they continue to bombard the cities indiscriminately, we can expect 5 million… exiles who seek to escape the war.”

More than 200 children have been evacuated from an orphanage in Ukraine’s conflict zone. The 215 children left their orphanage in Zaporizhzhia, in southeast Ukraine, on the day that Russian troops attacked a nearby power station.

“My heart is being torn apart,” Olha Kucher, director of the Zaporizhzhia Central Christian Orphanage, told Reuters.

A boy who arrived in Poland after he was evacuated from a Ukrainian orphanage. (REUTERS)

Varvara, 2 years old, was evacuated from an orphanage in southeast Ukraine. (REUTERS)

People carry evacuated dogs after crossing the Ukrainian borders into Poland. (AFP via Getty Images)

Two members of the Ukrainian military got married in their fatigues on Sunday at a checkpoint in Kyiv. Lesia Ivashchenko and Valerii Fylymonov, both members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces, were showered with flower petals during the ceremony.

“It is hard to call it unconditional happiness in this situation, but we surely feel uplifted,” the bride told The Washington Post.

Former heavyweight boxing world champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitscho were among those present. Vitali Klitschko, who is now the mayor of Kyiv, said: “Life continued and the people live and their love helps the war.”

Ukrainian territorial defense fighters Valeriy and Lesya during their wedding ceremony at a blockpost near Kyiv. (EPA)

In as traditional a ceremony as was possible in the circumstances, the bride wore a veil over her military clothes, incense was lit and the couple were showered with flower petals. (EPA)

Soldiers carry the body of their comrade Denys Hrynchuk from his family’s house to the church in Chernivtsi region, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

Lithuania’s foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called for an embargo on Russian energy sales on Monday. Speaking at a joint meeting with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Mr Landsbergis said: “Energy sources which we import pay for the Russian military operation. We cannot pay for oil and gas with the blood of Ukraine.”

US secretary of state Antony Blinken said that the United States and its allies were “ready to meet any threat” to Nato. He added that Russia was trying to “undermine Lithuania’s democracy and sow polarisation with cyber attacks and disinformation.”

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold a joint news conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. (REUTERS)

The city of Chernihiv, north of Kyiv, has suffered severe structural damage. A senior US defence official said on Sunday that the US assesses that about 95 percent of the Russian forces that had been arrayed around Ukraine are now inside the country. They said that Russian forces continued to advance in an attempt to isolate Chernihiv, but were being met with strong resistance.

Rescuers remove debris from a school building damaged by shelling in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (REUTERS)

A non exploded Russian aviation bomb FAB-500 is seen next to a private house. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS )

A resident looks out of the destroyed front of a room, which was badly damaged as a result of Russian missile explosion in Kramatorsk. (AFP via Getty Images)

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