Civilians leave everything behind and flee Kyiv as Russian forces close in

As the noose tightens around Kyiv, with the massive arrival of Russian forces, civilians continue to flee the Ukrainian capital. Their trip is complicated by the fighting and they are slowed down by many roadblocks. FRANCE 24’s Rob Parsons, Clovis Casali and Abdullah Malkawi report from the ground.

“Please don’t film for security reasons because it could be used by the enemy to attack our block post,” says a soldier at a roadblock.

“There are more people who want to serve than [can]... We have received weapons, but these are not enough weapons to defend local territories,” said the soldier, who worked as a lawyer before the Russian invasion. His men, too, are civilians who have taken up arms.

Those fleeing the capital are traumatised, forced to leave everything behind.

“There is no discrimination against Russians here, despite what Putin says – not on the basis of nationality, language or race. I’m half Russian and half Armenian and now the Russians want to kill me just because I love Ukraine, my homeland,” said one woman fleeing the capital, in tears.

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Text initially published on: France 24


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