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TAKE A LOOK | Ukrainians queue for banks and shelter in metro stations in wake of Russian airstrikes

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A Ukrainian Military tank is stationed by the Potemkin Stairs in the centre of Odessa after a blast nearby.
  • Russia launched a military offensive across eastern Ukraine on Thursday morning.
  • Citizens have been left queuing outside pharmacies and grocery stores.
  • Large queues have also amassed near ATM machines.
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Russian forces launched an attack on Ukraine early on Thursday morning. In a speech that coincided with a meeting of the UN Security Council, President Putin announced that Russian troops would roll in an attempt to "demilitarize Ukraine."

Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in the wake of an airstrike in Chuguiv, Ukraine.

Apartment blocks in cities like Chuhuiv, eastern Ukraine, have been destroyed by the airstrikes.

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Apartments have been damaged by airstrikes.

The offensive will force Ukrainian citizens to flee. People have already started moving towards the Polish border.

REUTERS/Bryan Woolston.
People are fleeing the capital city of Kyiv.

Gas stations in Kyiv and other cities across eastern Ukraine are backed up with cars.

REUTERS/Umit Bektas.
Cars queue for fuel in Kyiv.

Civilians are queueing to access amenities such as cash machines and supermarkets.

DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images.
People wait in line to access an ATM.

Citizens have also been queueing for pharmacies in the wake of the airstrikes...

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Citizens queue for a pharmacy in Kramatorsk, Ukraine.

... while others have been following events while sheltering in bomb shelters.

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Residents in Kyiv follow the news inside a bomb shelter.

Citizens in Kyiv have also been using the city's metro stations to take shelter.

REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko.
Citizens shelter in a metro station.

Russia had been gathering forces close to Ukraine's borders for months, amassing around 190,000 troops just before the invasion was launched.

REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko.
Russian forces move into Donetsk, Ukraine.

Ukrainian citizens were urged by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday to "stay calm, stay at home, the army is doing its work."

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A metro packed with people and their suitcases.

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