Huge traffic jams as people flee Kyiv after Russia invades
- Videos from Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, show huge traffic jams as people flee the city.
- Russia launched an attack on Ukraine early Thursday and explosions were heard in the capital.
- Traffic data from Google Maps shows huge delays on roads heading west from Kyiv.
Videos from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv show roads blocked by seemingly endless traffic as citizens try to flee after Russia’s attack on Thursday.
Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush shared video of the scene near Kyiv with Insider’s Bill Bostock, showing traffic moving away from the city as she drove into the capital on Thursday morning. You can see the video below:
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Another video, from German outlet DW news, shows long lines of traffic heading west from Kiev.
—DW News (@dwnews) February 24, 2022
The video below, which has no timestamp, shows an aerial view of traffic leaving Kyiv. It was published by the American media The Recount.
—The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2022
According to traffic data from Google Maps, several roads in the center of the capital have been closed and traffic on the main roads out of the capital is almost at a standstill. Google traffic data shows delays of several hours on a number of major roads in the city.
The roads heading west from the capital, leading to Poland and other Western European countries, are particularly busy.
Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic have said they are preparing to welcome potentially millions of Ukrainian refugees.
Earlier Thursday, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it amounted to a “full-scale invasion”, saying Russia was attacking several Ukrainian cities “from different directions”. Explosions were heard in the capital soon after the attack was announced.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged people to stay home, saying “the army is doing its job”.
He then tweeted that Ukraine “would give arms to all those who want to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities”.