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Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush sent Insider's Bill Bostock this video from her drive into Kyiv Thursday morning, as thousands of cars headed in the opposite direction after explosions in the city.
Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush sent Insider's Bill Bostock this video from her drive into Kyiv Thursday morning, as thousands of cars headed in the opposite direction after explosions in the city.
  • Videos from Ukrainian capital Kyiv show huge traffic jams as people flee the city.
  • Russia launched an attack on Ukraine early on Thursday and blasts were heard in the capital. 
  • Google Maps traffic data shows huge delays on roads heading west out of Kyiv.
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Videos from around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv show roads backed up with seemingly endless traffic as citizens attempt to flee after Russia attacked Thursday.

Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush shared a video of the scene close to Kyiv with Insider's Bill Bostock, showing the traffic heading away from the city as she was driving into the capital on Thursday morning. You can see the video below:

Another video, from German outlet DW news, shows long traffic lines heading west out of Kyiv.

The video below, which does not have a timestamp, shows an aerial view of the traffic leaving Kyiv. It was posted by US news outlet The Recount. 

According to Google Maps traffic data, several roads in the centre of the capital have been closed, and traffic on the main roads out of the capital has ground close to a halt. Google traffic data shows delays of several hours on a number of main roads in the city.

Roads head out to the west of the capital, which lead towards Poland and other Western European countries, are particularly busy.

Traffic in Kyiv on February 24, 2022, at 1:45PM, local time.
Google Maps

Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and the Czech Republican have said they are preparing for potentially millions of Ukrainian refugees.

Earlier on Thursday, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine. Ukraine's foreign ministry said on Thursday this amounts to a "full-scale invasion," saying that Russia was attacking multiple Ukrainian cities "from different directions." Explosions were heard in the capital soon after the attack was announced.

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky urged people to stay in their homes, stating "the army is doing its work."

He later tweeted that Ukraine would "give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities."


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